Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MEMORIAL DAY SWIMMING POOL OPENING HINDERED BY STRIKING LIFEGUARDS

Would be swimmers waited for the Bridgeport Municipal pool
to open Monday and instead got  hosed.
Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of Summer and with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, close to 100 people showed up at the Bridgeport Municipal swimming pool to cool off.  They were met by Pool Manager Polly Rapp, who using a bull horn told the crowd the city was having an issue with the life guards and no one could swim in the pool without the lifeguards on duty.
Channel 1 News quickly learned the city had reneged on a promised wage increase and the life guards refused to work.  Mayor Ben Dover, reached at Flaherty's Gentlemen's Club, said it was the first he had heard of any discontent with the pool employees. He suggested the swimmers use the fire hydrant outside the pool to cool off until he could call a special meeting and get to the bottom of it all.
This suggestion did not go over well with the would be swimmers.  Many in the crowd started throwing empty beer cans into the fenced area of the pool and shouting off color phrases until a police cruiser showed up.  The crowd refused to leave until a second police unit arrived and officers used the fire hydrant to spray water on the crowd using a partial fire hose.  Finally order was restored and the crowd dispersed.  Channel 1 News will follow this story as it develops.

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