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Citizen complaint of the day: Drunken idiots ripping a sign pole out of the ground in South Boston

Downed sign with people quite happy about it at Bolton and D streets in South Boston

A disgusted citizen filed a 311 complaint about the situation at D and Bolton streets in South Boston at 4:34 p.m.

These drunken idiots ripped the sign for D street and Bolton out of the ground (and filmed themselves doing it).

At 7:16 p.m., the disgusted citizen filed another 311 complaint:

Just watched another group of degenerates steal the damaged D St and Bolton street sign that was taken down earlier today. Watched them walking down the street with it and yelled for them to put it back, but they were too busy filming themselves committing a crime to care. I have footage of the first idiots who damaged it if anyone’s willing to do anything about it but seems like there are no legal repercussions for anything that took place today. This day was a nightmare for residents of South Boston; everyone coming here and quite literally destroying our neighborhood & leaving trash (& vomit!) everywhere. Everyone who participated should be embarrassed.

Another concerned citizen reported that as the signs and pole were just lying there, they spotted yet another group just go up to the signs and stomp on them.

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Great job drunken idiots, now how will anybody know the name of the street between C Street and E Street?

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Who thought of Joseph Rakes, the way that guy is holding the sign?

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Yes, you are.

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Yep, sam here. Maybe Rakes' grand son? And the scene looks complete with the guy at the other end of the sign who seems game for that reenactement.

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Unless Rakes spent time in Mumbai in the mid-90's fathering children.

Also, for the three years I was sentenced to live in South Boston in the mid-90's, I avoided the parade at all costs. Come to my place for beers, watch the Big East and ACC Tournaments, avoid the muttonheads like this who make it Mardi Gras north.

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Things seem to be calming down in Southie on St. Paddy's day. Just major vandalism. I'd call that a step in the right direction. No protest floats (but of course at least one protest), no precarious hanging off of buildings. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

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I listened to the BPD police scanner for a while during the parade. (It's available online if you're interested)

South Boston was a non-stop shitshow, including the following.

Several fights on West Broadway, some characterized as "large".
Several arrests.
A report of a man with a gun. Another report of people throwing bottles from the roof a building.
Several calls for EMTs, including reports of lacerations to legs, arms and heads, some due to thrown bottles, and also several seriously and dangerously intoxicated individuals,throwing up or not responding.
Police and EMT vehicles couldn't get through the crowd or the traffic. One officer said he couldn't bring an individual in custody to the police vehicle because the crowd was too big.
Boston EMTs were "severely" backlogged in responding to the calls. At one point, there were 40 calls that had not been responded to. (Not clear if that was the entire city or just South Boston).
Several calls to move back unruly crowds from the parade route.
There was nothing calm about the officers communications. At one point an officer pleaded that he had an individual bleeding really badly and was afraid the individual would loose consciousness. He had been waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance.

Not calm.

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That's every single day in Boston though the fact that it's Saint Paddy's day and it isn't far worse should make you feel better I have several friends who are both police officers and EMTs in Boston and that just seems like a normal day for the bean.

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Newcomer to Boston are you @anon? I've heard of worse at that particular event.

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On what planet? Yesterday was a disaster.

- a Boston Cop

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A million people show up to watch a parade and this is the type of article you choose to depict the event. This site is a joke.

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news site on the Internet.

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Did you send in photos of interesting things from the parade? Adam is constantly posting stuff people send him... I clock in a few a month myself and it's mostly all positive stuff. There's photos of turtles and eagles on the current front page as well.

Looks like he posted something he had easy access to that the readership is interested in.

Over a decade ago I noticed there were only negative things about my area on this blog. So I reached out and was like "what's the deal" and the answer was that's what was available but I was free to send other stuff too. So I started sending stuff from my area and places where I worked.

So my suggestion is if there's something you think should be covered, cover it and mention the blog in a Tweet. No guarantee it gets run but from what I've seen if it's interesting and fits into what's going on it will sometimes pop up.

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There are other sites out there. Pick one and go away.

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Magoo agrees. Totes not cool. Srsly. Amirite? Magoo.

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So when does the Magoo assholerty end?

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.

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The Magoo schtick grew old long ago.

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Magoo makes a real comment. Have the clocks stopped?

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Peaceful to me.

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They got a D

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When I was in the Boston Public School system in the 60s and 70s,"D" WAS a failure. So was "E". We used to dread those. There was no "F", though we heard that it had once existed. At some point this apparently all changed again.

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In the 70's, a D (50-59) was a "failure" and an E (below 50) was a "low failure" (no F's).

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They were yearning for something to remind them of the six years they spent in high school.

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Don't forget, Boston Latin has grades 7 and 8, as well as 9, 10, 11 and 12. I suppose you could consider the first two years junior high (we didn't say "middle school" in those days), but it was the same buildings, same teachers, same everything, so it was kind of all one thing.

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Three C's and a D every semester for four years got you a Harvard degree.

C was called "the gentleman's grade".

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They don't make and intall sign poles like they used to!

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That was my reaction. How did they tear it out by hand?

It looks like the city did a half-assed job of fixing that sidewalk, so maybe they did a half-assed job of installing the sign while they were at it?

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Note comment, below.

Updated to Add: Design explained here https://www.cpcsigns.com/blognews.php?pid=38

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Obviously former residents that returned for the parade.

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it would have happened a long time ago, but the bars on the parade route, who contribute nothing or next to nothing towards the parade, are very vocal about hurting their profits. No other city with a parade has as much shenanigans going on than Boston.

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Do you think any other neighborhood wants it?

Remember, this wasn't something that the City of Boston created.

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Obviously you have never experienced the debauchery and bacchanalia that is the annual Chicago South Side Irish St Patrick's Parade.

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how about a little town called New Orleans that I seem to recall having a parade or two?

...nah, it's not really a party town.

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The MBTA will announce that the ride to and from the parade was safe and reliable and there were no incidents to report. So I guess all the drunken fools that acted up drove to the parade instead of riding the T.

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My favorite part is that the MBTA, an organization that has shown itself to be woefully inept over the last few years, is somehow able to coordinate covering up the huge number of incidents that must surely have taken place? Just incredible how they can't perform basic maintenance but they've somehow managed to get everyone together (including the media, police, etc) to pull that off.

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Oh no, some young people got drunk and did stupid shit. Won't someone please think of the children?

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let's make sure to keep this same energy come September

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Meh...better a sign than p*ssing on gay people trying to join a parade. I dated a guy from Southie where he and his friends did that (early 90's).

When he told me about it while laughing I said "Why? What are they doing to you? WTF kind of person are you?" I think I was the first person that ever called him out on that stupid, ignorant Southie shit.

So for all the naysayers...Southie is changing! lolol

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to vomit until it actually was Evacuation Day.

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The day after Evacuation Day.

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So they were right on time.

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Congratulations, asshole; you're now the rightful mayor of Boston. Off to City Hall with you.

I always imagined signs were more firmly anchored than that. Didn't they use to have concrete bases?

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The standard is for them to break off when hit by our wonderfully trained motorists.

Remember: if you are a street sign CARS WILL HIT YOU.

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Sotted tarts & twits distributing street signs is no basis for a system of government!

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Public urination is a well-recognized and time-honored tradition that's part and parcel of the Sait Patrick's Day parade.

I hope he can give it to his Diane quickly.

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I have a comeback for that. Too mysogyinistic though... Don Rickles or Rodney Dangerfield could have pulled it off in their prime, but not me. Wouldn't be funny. Nope, not funny at all.

for what looks to me to be a Bojack Horseman reference

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Pushed so many of my buttons.