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WWLP: The Blarney Blowout at UMass didn’t turn out to be that big of a blowout with the crowds, but it came at a price.
It cost around $500,000 to keep the peace, a lot more money than it cost to pay for damages last year. University of Massachusetts officials were pleased with how peaceful the recent Blarney Blowout weekend was. 5200 students attended a concert Saturday afternoon featuring Ke$ha, Ludacris and Juicy J.
The concert alone cost more than $300,000. Parking, staffing, ambulances and police cost at least another $30,000. UMass also paid former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis $160,000 to review last year’s events.
Devan Wagner, a UMass Senior said, “I think it was the big buildup, and you know we got a ton of emails about the concert, and they tried to distract us, I guess, from the whole big Blarney Blowout idea, and I think that definitely helped a lot with the arrests and everything.”
Last year, the overtime and pepper spray only cost taxpayers $23,000. More than $20,000 in property damage was also reported.
70 people were arrested last year, compared to 8 students getting arrested this year.
So it looks like old man Larry Kelley won this round.
— Larry Kelley (@amherstac) March 7, 2015
And it only cost him and his taxpaying townies in Amherst half a million dollars too!! Seriously, this moron thinks this is a good thing? Dude, if you brought in police from every town in Western MA and spent half a million bucks every weekend I would certainly hope you could stop kids from partying. Congratulations on having literally no life at all.
Oh yea, and did I mention that the Amherst bars weren’t allowed to be opened up until after 4? Normally they open real early in the morning, but not on Blarney Blowout weekend this year. Because when Larry Kelley causes a stink, your right to free enterprise goes out the window. No big deal, he just cost bars like Stackers and McMurphy’s, who pay tons of cash in taxes to the town of Amherst, thousands and thousands of dollars because they have no fucking clue how to run a municipality.
How incompetent are the Amherst police exactly? They’re so bad at what they do that they literally had to pay Ed Davis $160,000 to come up with a plan to keep the campus “safe.” And of course that plan involved helicopters and a million cops getting overtime. Ed Davis must’ve been laughing all the way to the bank. These schmucks are gonna write me a blank check to keep kids from drinking? LOL. No problem. Next year we’ll run the bill up to $2 million and we’ll have the Navy Seals here. And all because of Larry Kelley and his infatuation with college kids drinking beer on the weekends. Money well spent indeed.
My question to UMass kids is, why not just have it next weekend? Fuck it. If they wanna spend all this time and effort to make sure you don’t have a good time at least make them pay for it. Literally do it every single weekend just so Larry Kelley’s property taxes go through the roof.
And what’s up with UMass kids going to this concert? Ludacris and Kesha? What were Busta-Rhymes and Ja Rule busy? Come on now, you all fell for the bait. You couldn’t pay me enough money to see Kesha in concert, never mind the geniuses who actually stood in line in the freezing cold so they could be the first one’s inside.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – if you’re a grumpy old dude who hates the fact that college kids are drinking beer in your town, then don’t move to Amherst. Seriously, there’s plenty of room in Granby or Leverett or South Hadley. Anyone who buys property in a college town and dedicates their life to making sure college kids don’t have any fun is an nudnik of epic proportions. So congratulations Larry, you ruined this kid’s Blarney Blowout:
Look at that face Larry. You did that. Jokes on you because he got drunk anyway.
The bottom line is Larry Kelley thinks he won this round. You know how you can tell that this guy is a Grade A dooshnozzle? Because he linked Clive McFarlane in his latest blog post about Turtleboy on his shitty blog that no one reads. Everyone still hates you Larry.
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