Bad experiences inside the zone

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The Celebration Zone at Confederation Landing Park in Charlottetown is now up and celebrating for the rest of the summer. The official opening was Canada Day.

Editor: I refer to David MacCallum’s letter of Friday, August 22, (Celebration Zone wonderful venue), and I agree it is a venue our capital city is proud of. Sadly my last two experiences at the zone have not been enjoyable. On July 4, I was asked by a security guard to put my purse down for a quick look. That is exactly what it was; a quick look and comment to the effect that he doubted I had a bottle (of alcohol) inside and I was on my way. While the lineup of free entertainment was stupendous I did not get back to the zone until July 24 to see Burton Cummings. That experience was less than pleasant with a young guard poking through my purse with a stick. When I was told I had to turn in my umbrella on what was obviously a rainy night I was not happy. After no more than 10 minutes inside and seeing all the pavilions were closed due to rain, I went back to the entrance, got my own umbrella and left. Those two experiences were mild compared to what I encountered when I went with my niece to see the Sheepdogs. Initially, I had to dump water from my own water bottle and was told I could refill it inside. A female guard not only rummaged through my purse, then took out my wallet and began to unzip compartments. I was not happy with this invasion of privacy and objected strongly. To put it mildly I was seething and asked what they hoped to find in my wallet. The response was marijuana. As we walked inside I was shaking with the complete humiliation of the situation. The concert was up to expectations. But there was no fun in being treated like a criminal and having my honesty and integrity as an Islander questioned.

Kathy Birt,

Mount Stewart

Geographic location: Mount Stewart

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