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28 July 2006

Keep Your Hands to Yourself, Stadium-boy

A federal judge has ruled that pat-down searches at Tampa Bay Buccaneer games are unconstitutional. Any hope that the humiliating, de-humanizing practice of herding fans like cattle into security checkpoints might end any time soon is probably overly sanguine, but this is at least one small step in the right direction.

Anyone who has experienced this insufferable indignity knows that it has nothing to do with terrorism and everything to do with the NFL monopolists maximizing their control over their tame (or cowed) customers. Prior to 9/11, searching each and every ticketholder would have been met with outrage, but now it provides the owners with the perfect excuse to enforce their prohibitions against beer, water bottles, cameras and anything else that might interfere with their quest to extract every last red cent out of their fans.

The venue owners are similarly pleased with the after-effects of 9/11. Lincoln Center in New York, for performances of the New York Philharmonic, stop every 5'1", hunched-over grey-haired old lady to rummage through her hand bag. The idiocy of this is overarching; but it is an essential ingredient in our modern day madness. No one person, for any reason, can be thought to pose more of a risk than any other, yet the risk is nevertheless thought to be pervasive and omnipresent, requiring that little old ladies be searched. Anyway, cheers to U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the Yankees game 2 weeks ago to Vs. the White Sox and the guy working the gate asked if I had a cell phone. I lied and told him no. Does anyone know why the hell they ask? Its not like they ban their use at the games, every person there was making phones call, myself included.

July 31, 2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know where you're at seashore boy- Let's clean your hands of that tanning oil and get blogging.
Were you searched before entering the beach? Did you surrender your knife and cell phone? Empty your beer in exchange for some $8 per bottle boardwalk beer? Oh, the snooty area you are in has no boardwalk? SNOB!

July 31, 2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger YIH said...

The primary reason this was ruled unconstitutional is the fact that Tampa Stadium is a public facility and the 100% frisks were only done for Bucs games. This wasn't done for the Outback Bowl or for other (non-sports) events.
Also, no one gets frisked entering Disney World. BTW, the Constitution does not apply in the case of Disney World because it is considered private property.
If Disney wanted to wand, frisk or even require strip-searches prior to admission THEY CAN!!!
If you go through the main gate with say, a diaper bag Disney Security is free to either rummage through it or escort you out if you refuse...

August 02, 2006 4:33 AM  

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