Armed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone Park
Thousands of people found themselves inside a national park when the government shutdown went into effect. Pat Vaillancourt and her tour group “which included senior citizen visitors from Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States, were locked in Yellowstone National Park hotel under armed guard.”
The seniors were treated harshly by armed park employees until they were able to leave according to Vaillancourt. Once they began the journey out of the park, “the bus was not allowed to halt at all along the 2.5-hour trip out of the park, not even to stop at private bathrooms that were open along the route.”
“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” said Vaillancourt, who grew up in Lawrence. “It was like they brought out the armed forces. Nobody was saying, ‘we’re sorry,’ it was all like — ” as she clenched her fist and banged it against her forearm.
Vaillancourt was on a nine day tour of western parks “with about four dozen senior citizen tourists.” As her bus stopped to take a picture of some bison, “an armed ranger came by and ordered them to get back in, saying they couldn’t ‘recreate.’ The tour guide, who had paid a $300 fee the day before to bring the group into the park, argued that the seniors weren’t ‘recreating,’ just taking photos.”
As they approached the Old Faithful Inn located next to the famous Old Faithful geyser, she could see barricades around the geyser and the seniors were locked inside the Inn with armed guards.
“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” she said. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”
The driver of the tour bus eventually brought his group to a full-service bathroom after the 2.5 journey out of the park. The bus attempted to stop at an in-park dude ranch to let the tourists use the bathroom, but the ranch had been warned “that its license to operate would be revoked if it allowed the bus to stop. So the bus continued on to Livingston, Mont., a gateway city to the park.”
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‘GESTAPO TACTICS’ TRAP AMERICANS AT YELLOWSTONE
‘They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside’
Authorities used “Gestapo tactics” on senior citizens visiting Yellowstone National Park, locking them inside their hotel under “armed guard” during the Obama administration’s government shutdown, according to a guide.
Officials even refused to allow the tourists to stop for bathroom breaks during the two-and-a-half hour drive out of the park, he said.
Gordon Hodgson spoke in a telephone interview with the Livinston, Mont., Enterprise about the 41 tourists he took into the nation’s first national park, in the northwest corner of Wyoming, on a trip scheduled before the shutdown.
Park officials told him they were allowed to stay their scheduled two nights at the historic Old Faithful Inn, but they could not do anything, Hodgson said.
Nevertheless, he said he took the group out for a drive in the park, and he pulled over to let passengers take photos of the park’s native bison.
A ranger showed up immediately.
“She told me you need to return to your hotel and stay there,” Hodgson told the Enterprise. “This is just Gestapo tactics. We paid a lot to get in. All these people wanted to do was take some pictures.”
He said the group then was threatened with trespassing charges.
“The national parks belong to the people,” he said. “This isn’t right.”
Park spokesman Al Nash defended the actions in an interview with the Enterprise.
“We don’t have staff on duty to deal with any ordinary operational issues,” he said.
When the park is closed, everything is closed, he said.
“All we could do was eat dinner in the dining room. It was like a ghost town,” Hodgson said…
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