PITTSBURGH, PA – While some may say that revenge is a dish best served cold, a possible retaliation that found its way over to Pittsburgh City Hall on May 7th might suggest revenge can be a tad sandy at times, too.
Locals and officials are speculating if the recent dumping of sand inside of the city hall revolving doorway was in retaliation for the city dumping sand into the local skatepark.
— CatholicRadioReport (@Catholic_Radio) May 11, 2020
While there’s been no official word on whether the two sand-dropping endeavors are connected, it is hard to ignore the timing between the two incidents.
Earlier in the month of May, the West Penn Skate Park in Polish Hill found itself the recipient of copious amounts of sand dumped into the park. It’s not the first time we’ve heard of skateparks getting filled with sand, as one in San Clemente, California did the same exact thing last month.
Pittsburgh city’s Public Works department filled the West Penn Skate Park with truckloads of sand, as ABC4 Pittsburgh reported. https://t.co/cnE3hWmqac
— VindiciaeContraTyrannos (@raphaellaN) May 9, 2020
These acts of government-sanctioned vandalism are all done with the intent to enact further social distancing.
Public Works Director Mike Gable, who was instrumental in the dumping of said sand at the West Penn Skate Park, stated the following on the matter:
“They are not social distancing, and they are congregating in a small area.”
The thought of children playing in a park completely baffled Gable. According to Gable, they were “forced” to dump sand into the skate park:
“We have been forced to do this because people are just not listening. They are determined so we have to take extra measures.”
As of May 11th, the entire state of Pennsylvania has attributed 3,419 deaths to COVID-19 which is roughly about 1/10th of Pennsylvania’s number one cause of death of heart disease. Yet, we don’t hear about officials pouring sand in someone’s super-sized value meal at a fast food eatery.
Jokes aside, not long after the skate park was inundated with sand, Pittsburgh City Hall became the recipients of some sand as well.
Hours after Pittsburgh dumped sand on skate park, a pile of sand was left at city hall – TheBlaze https://t.co/n8cDIvMJ2Z
— David Jones (@davidjones720) May 11, 2020
Police won’t officially say that the two incidents are connected at this time, but we all know the proverbial peanut gallery is having a chuckle somewhere in Pittsburgh.
In case you missed last month’s report on the San Clemente skatepark being filled with sand, here’s the original report.
We’ve officially seen it all.
A city park manager was astounded that a skate park (which is funded by a non-profit) was getting used by skate boarders. So astounded, in fact, that they intentionally vandalized the park to render it unusable during the era of social distancing.
By filling the skate park with literally 37 tons of sand.
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) April 17, 2020
We are all too aware that California has implemented shutdowns throughout the state of non-essential businesses, and is clamping down on social distancing. Yet, for some reason, someone heading to the local skatepark to tear it up is simply just too damn dangerous.
Ralph’s Skate Court in San Clemente was shut down on April 1st, along with all city parks in San Clemente that day. The closure was noted to contain the spread of the virus. Samantha Wylie, the city’s parks manager, explained that they’d enacted the closures at the top of the month, and then waited to see what would transpire.
Of course, the “no trespassing” signs were ignored by skaters. Back when skateboarding was edgy, there wasn’t a “no skateboarding” sign that was ever respected.
But this is different.
Pandemic or not, this was THE skatepark for those who wanted to get down.
COMMIEFORNIA SKATEPARK FILLED WITH SAND: Skaters wouldn't stay away from the Ralphs Skate Court in San Clemente, CA.
So the city dumped 37 tons of sand into it and filled it all in as to make it un-skateable. They skate anyway! ? pic.twitter.com/Emk9vJdzOz
— Kal ??⭐⭐?⭐⭐✝️ (@RightWingLawMan) April 18, 2020
Yet, apparently kids skating triggered the likes of Samantha Wylie, who remarked on the following timeframe between April 1st to the time they decided to defile the park:
“During that (two-week period), we saw people continue to skate the park, groups would gather, kids with their parents. It appeared the closure was not being abided by.”
On April 13th, trucks began filing into the park, turning the entire park into a sandpit. Wylie justified this move by claiming other parks were doing similar things:
“The sand was what other agencies were doing. We’re doing what other parks have done to enforce that message of social distancing.”
If you find that justification crazy, this cretin would go so far as to try to convince locals that dumping 37 tons of sand didn’t cost any money, nor will cleaning it out cost money:
“The sand, it cost us nothing to put it in, (and) it’ll cost us nothing to remove it. So that’s why we went with that decision.”
What is the going rate for 37 tons of sand vs 37 tons of PPE for our doctors, 37 tons of food for the homeless or less fortunate? Don't you think that money would have been better spent taking of your citizens and not crushing their Freedom and Liberties.
— ??????Josef Sokolovsky-Sanchez?????? (@jssanchez1998) April 19, 2020
Who does Wylie think she is fooling? People, out of the kindness of their heart, drummed up 37 tons of sand and dumped it for free…and then people will clean it up for free as well?
Now, here’s the hilarious irony of the “they’re not social distancing” rationale to defile this haven for California’s youth: In California, you can have someone working in close quarters with a pack of teens in a kitchen, slapping together your hamburger for the drive-thru window.
You can have baristas at Starbucks fix you up a coffee with enough sugar that you’ll be starring alongside Wilford Brimley in his next commercial for “diabeetus.” All those scenarios require people collaborating in close-quarters, and then you receiving something that was handled by others.
That’s not social distancing, but they call it “essential.”
Now, the irony of perhaps someone skating at a park, or perhaps a family simply going to any kind of park for that matter is that there is plenty of room to avoid other people.
Stephanie Aguilar, who serves as the president of the San Clemente Skatepark Coalition that has helped fund this very park, was not pleased about the sand dumping. Furthermore, she wasn’t even notified that it was going to happen:
“Social distancing hasn’t been followed in a lot of different areas, whether it’s on our trails, tennis courts, the basketball courts, the walking paths; we didn’t see the city dump sand on the walking trail.”
For some reason, the façade of social distancing doesn’t exist in a myriad of places. Someone can waltz into a Walmart or a Sam’s Club and walk past someone, yet there’s not going to be sand dumped in the aisle that was desecrated by too many people.
Aguilar continued on with the hypocrisy of the entire situation:
“We didn’t see them dump sand onto any other sport area that’s being used. It just plays into, kind of feeds into that double standard the skate community has been treated with.”
Overall, this Wylie person just sounds like a spiteful individual. The idea of intentionally vandalizing an area to enforce social distancing is preposterous, and tax-payer funded areas should never be inaccessible to the community that has funded it.
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