Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Senior Citizens on a Tour of Yellowstone National Park Reportedly Met With ‘Gestapo Tactics’

Posted by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:40 AM
  • 5 Replies

Senior Citizens on a Tour of Yellowstone National Park Reportedly Met With ‘Gestapo Tactics’

A group of senior citizens exiting a national park as the federal government shutdown were treated harshly by armed park personnel and prevented from using the restrooms during the over two-hour ride out of the park, according to a local newspaper.

The Newbury Port News said the elderly tourists were “treated [so] harshly by armed park employees” in Yellowstone National Park that “some of the tourists with limited English skills thought they were under arrest.”

In fact, “when finally allowed to leave, 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,” the newspaper added.

The tour guide, Gordon Hodgson, branded their actions as “Gestapo tactics,” according to the Livingson Enterprise.

Newspaper: Seniors Leaving Yellowstone National Park Treated Harshly By Armed Park Employees

MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 07: Mirta Maltes a U.S. Park Ranger law enforcement officer stands near the road closed sign leading to the Everglades National Park on October 7, 2013 in Miami, Florida. The park is closed as the United States House and Senate are into day 7 of not being able to agree on a bill to fund the United States government. National Parks around the nation are closed along with other federal services. (Getty Images)

The tour guide, who had reportedly paid a $300 fee to bring the group into the park, was allegedly told by the ranger the group couldn’t “recreate” in the park, since it was closed.

When Hodgson denied they were “recreating,” the ranger allegedly responded and said in an aggressive tone, “Sir, you are recreating.”

One of the seniors on the nine-day tour bus reportedly added that she was embarrassed, angry and heartbroken for her country.

“We’ve become a country of fear, guns and control,” Pat Vaillancourt, said. “It was like they brought out the armed forces.”

Vaillancourt described one encounter her group had with park police on their way out, saying the bus had stopped to allow to photograph some passing bison when they were ordered to get back inside their vehicle.

“They looked like Hulk Hogans, armed. They told us you can’t go outside,” Vaillancourt said, according to the paper. “Some of the Asians who were on the tour said, ‘Oh my God, are we under arrest?’ They felt like they were criminals.”

TheBlaze was unable to reach Vaillancourt for comment on Tuesday.

by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 2:40 AM
Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Replies (1-5):
JustCJ
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 6:55 AM
It's a......"Barrycade" ha!
JanuaryBaby06
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM

So were they unable to read or what?

The parks are closed. Does it suck? Yeah. Is it right? No. But is it part of the shut down? Yes. You do not have to like the rules but you do need to follow them or feel the wrath of the Law.

I am a runner and have had to change things up due to the shut down. At least they just feel like criminals, I know people who have gotten fines for running trails in National Parks.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Oct. 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM
1 mom liked this

If the bathrooms were private, I don't see why they couldn't stop at those.  That seems harsh.

JanuaryBaby06
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Quoting 4kidz916:

If the bathrooms were private, I don't see why they couldn't stop at those.  That seems harsh.


Because they were no longer sight seeing they were getting in trouble for trespassing, I'm sure they were able to use whatever Bathrooms they wanted once they were off of the Parks Grounds. Like I said it could have been worse.. they are fining people for this.
Ednarooni160
by on Oct. 9, 2013 at 1:38 PM

It's still pettyness...they are senor citizens.. What's up with dissing on the elderly especially kicking them out of homes on fed land and now from using  bathrooms , the young kids (not having white house tours) and cutting off the Amber alert for missing kids.. Common sense folks??? Any one hear of that?

Add your quick reply below:
You must be a member to reply to this post.
Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)