Seven recent and current Northeastern science students arrested after breaking into the dangerous Government Center Garage demolition site for a little looksee, police say
Boston Police report arresting a herd of 20somethings they say they found inside the Government Center Garage demolition site - the one where one worker died when several levels collapsed - early this morning.
Police say that for their own safety, commanders told arriving officers to stay out of the site - which sits on pillars that forced the shutdown of the Green and Orange Lines when they were found to be in seriously deteriorated condition. Instead, the officers set up a cordon and nabbed the Huskies when they spotted the law and tried to flee over a fence.
According to their LinkedIn pages, all seven are current or recent students at Northeastern, Six are majoring, majored or completed master's degrees in biochemistry, bioengineering and computer science; one is working towards a bachelors in fine arts in game design.
Police say a bypasser told officers on patrol around 3 a.m. that he'd noticed people inside the demolition site, all wearing black clothing and masks, with several also wearing backpacks.
The 1 Congress Street construction site was closed at the time of this incident, with locked gates and numerous signage surrounding the site informing people not to trespass. Due to the hazardous conditions of the construction site under demolition, supervisors advised officers not to enter the construction site and to establish a perimeter. Officers observed the group running along the fence line, and as six individuals fled over a fence, they were taken into custody without incident. The seventh suspect was located nearby a short time later and taken into custody.
All seven - Jared Subiono, 22, of Boston; Rachel Pincus, 22, of Boston; Richard Tu, 25, of Roxbury; Jiashi Tang, 20, of Roxbury; Michael Yang, 25, of Somerville; Crystal Rhee, 25, of Belmont; and Jingyu Song, 22, of Boston - were charged with breaking and entering and trespassing, police say.
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They're lucky they came out of this with just arrests.
If there are warnings that a building could fall down, it might just, well ... fall down?
A Year Ago
All they had to do was get on the elevator.
The 8th floor of the garage was a great place to get shots of the Big Dig as it progressed and late the buildings rising around the Garden.
It must feel great getting arrested for breaking into one of the stankiest garages in the city.
Men in Black
There has to be more to this tale of Northeastern nitwits in the night time.
People like to try to sneak into closed-off spaces. There's a reason most construction sites have high fences and closed buildings put up plywood over the doors/windows.
And they put the black clothes on
so that they wouldn't be spotted, and also to be cool.
Unfortunately they failed at both.
not surprised. did nu live
not surprised. did nu live stream it?
Of all the buildings under (de)construction in the area, why go to that one? It’s a boring parking garage. It lacks an impressive view or interesting features. And unlike other construction sites, it’s under high scrutiny.
Given the choice I’d go to one of the long vacant old buildings such at the one on Newbury or Comm Ave in Kenmore. Lots more interesting things to see and no one is going to notice unless you make a lot of noise.
If any of these knuckleheads are...
International students, that's really going to suck for future plans to stay in the US
Note their majors
Worth noting that the group didn't include any structural or civil engineers.
I'm a little surprised
someone from MIT hasn't said "_we_ wouldn't have been caught" (yet)
__We__ wouldn’t have gotten caught :)
MIT students take structural integrity into account
At least when I was there, the exploration didn't include places that were closed because they'd collapsed and were likely to fall down even more.
That one seemed especially appropriate.
It's a completely legit major
My son explored programs at Champlain, Becker, etc.
But it would lend itself to confusing fantasy world adventures with real world risk assessment.
Or rocket scientists.
Or rocket scientists.
Urban Spelunkers of The World Unite!
Lighten up, people. Discovery and adventure were once considered virtuous, not a crime. If people want to accept any associated risks, let them explore an abandoned building (or mine shaft or sewer) in the middle of the night if they're not damaging anything. What's the harm here?
On the other hand, people 'trespassing' on a private beach . . call the cops!! You can't let people just get in the ocean!! It's a miracle the idiot micreants didn't drown!! Didn't they see the sign we put up !?!
You must've missed the part ...
About the collapsing levels and decaying columns. This isn't some old state hospital.
When Low Techie falls 7 stories and his brains land over the site because a piece of rebar when through his skull when the ground stopped his fall, his family will sue the developer, the city, and probably the companies that have signed leases to occupy the building.
Thus, his disrespect of property rights, costs us all.
Couldn't you wait until people have actually done these terrible hypocritical things before denouncing them for those things? Not everybody will be willing to follow the script you have prepared for them.
Can I Have Your Address?
I used to work at the same company as one of the developers a long time ago. Give me your address and I can have him walk around your place at 3 AM.
PS - Your comment is infantile in its logic. Then again you are another one of those smug people who grew up well off and have all the fake anger against society of an Avril Lavigne song.
Your Inferences About Other People’s Intentions module is running a bit hot. First you make unwarranted assumptions about these kids’ parents, and now you make them about me. I’m not angry at society; after all, I’m part of it. I’m not even angry at you. I just think you’re a little hasty to condemn others for crimes that are entirely the constructs of your own imagination.
Yes. Only because your defense of trespassing and physical endangerment is comical.
It might have been
if I had presented one, but I never addressed the issue at all. My only comment was about your presumption about what these ne’er-do-wells’ parents would do if they were to horribly die.
Tapping the "coherent counterpoint" sign again
Continuing to be beyond parody hahahahaha
Stopped clock with an annoying cuckoo
Can still be right twice a day
trespass in this manner is considered a crime, is because it endangers the folks who have to rescue them when they get trapped or hurt. The fire department and EMS isn't going to stand there and *shrug emoji* when three of them have part of the ceiling collapse on them.
Picture the world
Picture the world where things actually work the way you want, and when people get into trouble we say "Oh well, guess they accepted the associated risks" and do nothing to help them.
Just admit it this is for all youtube views.
UrbEx wasn't really a thing until people started posting pictures and video online eons ago. Sure people did it, but it was mostly photographers who wanted shots. Not a buncha kids with iphones being doofuses.
So many UrbEx youtube videos online now.. There used to be a handful of cool makers, now its saturated with them. And its not even neat shit to look at.. its stupid stuff like less than 5 year old closed department stores and parking garages. All for a cheap thrill and youtube views.
Same as it ever was
"[activity] was cool back in the day when people did it for the sake of doing it, now everyone does it for fame and fortune!"
I remember hearing it in the 80s about skateboarding, pretty funny to hear it now about "UrbEx". There's probably some old Poor Richard's Almanack entries about "once, the youth played stick-and-hoop for the joye of it, but alack, now they doeth it for the etching".
But the key thing between then (80s) and now is..
People can hold up a iphone take a crappy video, post it to youtube and monetize it.
Before the "look at me" "let me monetize" crap, people did things for F U N . Not because they were going to become the next social media darling...
Um, people still do things for F U N
Some people do things to try and monetize them (and always have). Some people do things for F U N (and always have). Some people do things for both reasons!
Acting like everyone doing something these days is just doing for the (incredibly tiny, look it up) amount of money you'd get for Youtube monetization is the same thing as skaters complaining about dudes sending in pictures to Thrasher in the 90s. It's an easy way to claim that things were better in your day before all these kids came in and ruined it.
Northeastern was considerably less expensive when yours truly attended, $12,800 per annum I believe, so if I'm sending a curious child off to college at $55,500 a year, I'd expect them to be smart enough to choose a major that was not a bachelors in fine arts in game design, or any of the bullshit cubbyhole majors that NU makes up to attract the single-minded.
Also, a lot of hand wringing going on about the location here. There's a reason all construction sites have fencing around them: the curious like to explore them. Not that one particular place that has been in the new recently.
A degree in Game Design will
A degree in Game Design will bring a job offer that will more than pay student loans and rent.
BioWare - $56,917 ($54,751 - $61,000) Zynga - $78,858 ($56,718 - $97,793) Electronic Arts - $66,891 ($42,116 - $98,155) Valve Corporation - $121K - $130K ($119,735 - $131,205) Gameloft - $57,829 ($50,000 - $65,195) Rockstar Games - $83,811 ($51,000 - $103,000)
You must be old.
Game development actually doesn't pay that well, but...
a competent developer should be able to move into many other industries with their programming skills and make way more money than these listed salaries.
It's sweatshop work, though.
80 hour a week death marches, and all the programmers laid off when the game ships.
And that Bioware salary was a joke even when those Northeastern kids were still in day care.
...there is a seemingly endless supply of dumb kids who think it's cool.
Kind of like a post-doc
Doesn't pay much, but can get you into bigger and better things.
If you're very good and very lucky.