Three hundred to four hundred teenagers were left unattended at the Golf and Games Family Park in Memphis, Tennessee this weekend. The result? Chaos and a violation of COVID-19 guidelines. After a viral video of the chaos surfaced, many are speaking out with different accounts of what really happened between the teens at the Memphis Putt-Putt center.
The company released a statement commenting on the situation via Facebook. Originally, a general manager was stationed at the door to make sure there were only 100 people inside the facility at a time to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. According to the statement, things got out of hand when guests jumped the line for go-karts while they were already operating.
As security and other staff tried to get the go-kart situation under control, they suspended ticket sales to make sure everyone had a proper number of rides before closing. Then, “within 2-3 minutes, several individuals engaged in a verbal confrontation before being separated by security and staff members.”
After the incident, staff decided to close the facility for the night due to safety concerns — just three hours short of their standard 10 PM closing time. When the general manager left their position at the door to inform staff to start giving refunds, more people rushed the door and began demanding refunds. Citing further safety concerns, management decided to give out refunds at a later date.
The Story Behind the Video
Allegedly, this is when guests got further out of control, which was captured in the video above. In the video, a 12-year-old girl can be seen slamming down plexiglass posted around the registers. She goes on to throw multiple objects at the employees behind the counter.
However, her father told WREG that there was more to the story.
While staff are saying that she spit at an employee, her father claims it was because a staff member escalated the situation by spitting on the young girl first, prompting her to spit back at him. He also stated that his daughter is receiving threats from others in the community.
Now, Golf and Games Family Park is requiring all minors to be accompanied by guardians while at the facility. No injuries were reported, and the company said that damage was minimal.
WREG reports that only a 13-year-old boy was issued a juvenile summons for disorderly conduct.
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