Putt-Putt Golf and Games was vandalized by a group of teenage troublemakers, and the general manager of the establishment tells ‘Wake Up Memphis’ with Robyn Walensky the full story of the incident.
On Saturday afternoon, the manager Aaron Bos was keeping watch to make sure the building was at 50% capacity and that people were wearing masks, when more and more kids kept being dropped off alone.
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“Later in the afternoon, it was very apparent that even the crowds outside were becoming unsustainable,” he tells ‘Wake Up Memphis.’
The manager down at the go-kart track called Bos to tell him trouble was brewing and fights were breaking out. Kids became so unruly that the manager suspended all sales. Suddenly two girls blew past a manager at the front door, came inside, started cursing and demanding a refund and when they didn’t get one all hell broke loose.
“Ultimately, the two young ladies who are in the video approached me in a very aggressive manner, cursing me, and demanding their money back,” Bos tells Walensky. “I asked those individuals to leave the property.”
The girls later came back in, followed by a few dozen more kids. One of the girls dismantled and threw a large piece of plexiglass in place at the cashier stand to protect people from coronavirus, at an employee. Then she picked up a heavy metal rope divider and hurled it at employees. Bos quickly moved the workers away from the chaos to the basement out of harm’s way.
A reporter from
WREG-TV interviewing a man who is reportedly the girl’s father. He claims there is more to the story than meets the eye.
“One guy who was saying, ‘Get out, get out’ spit on her out his mouth. That’s when she spit back, which is what everybody else seen. They didn’t see the part where he spit,” the father says in the article.
However, Bos says these allegations are “100 percent, patently false.”
“First and foremost, the incident with her spitting at my sales manager happened after the melee inside the building,” Bos tells ‘Wake Up Memphis.’ The father’s claim that one of my employees spit at her is absolutely false. If you look at any of the videos, every single staff member is wearing a mask, we have our own camera footage from our own security system, it clearly shows no one pulled down their mask to spit at any point at anybody.” Putt-Putt is sharing the security camera footage with the Memphis police department.
Bos says luckily no one was seriously hurt. Going forward, there are new rules in place and no underage children or teens can get into the establishment without a parent or an adult.
The community is helping to clean up the mess and get the business back up and running. Jackson Glass is going to donate new plexiglass and Chick-Fil-A is donating food for a staff meeting.
“We’re very thankful and kind of in awe of the community support,” Bos says.