Forrest Harris: Disrespect runs both ways for locals and visitors |

Forrest Harris: Disrespect runs both ways for locals and visitors

Forrest Harris

The article “Cops step up ‘gaper day’ enforcement” published on March 31 tried to make a case for an apparent crackdown on local skiers. A press statement submitted by the Breckenridge Police Dept. stated “April 1st is not an excuse for disrespectful and abusive behavior or offensive language or dress” and also states that a “zero tolerance policy for illegal and disrespectful behavior” will be in effect on April 1st.”

I agree up to a point – disrespectful and abusive behavior should not be tolerated on the slopes. But let’s just look at the month of March for example. What was spring break? I would say it was nothing but 31 days of disrespect and abuse for anybody in the customer service industry. Right across from the article in question is another article titled “Wyoming man busted for ski pass fraud goes after witness.” A man is caught for pass fraud, when confronted by a deputy, he became aggressive towards the employee who exposed him. The man was released to go buy a day pass. Five minutes later, the deputy was contacted to respond to a “fight in progress.” It was the same man, yelling at employees. The deputy asked him to leave. Later, the employee was confronted at the grocery store by the same man who proceeded to threaten violence. It sounds like this man was disrespectful and abusive. So remember, three strikes your out, IF you have fat tourist dollars. Locals? Two-year suspension for dressing up and partying. Gaper day is a celebration of the very life blood of our slopes. Can you honestly say you don’t crack a smile when you see someone skiing in denim? You can have my ski pass, and you can keep it for two years, when you pry it from my fluorescent pink spandex.

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