It was supposed to a free summer at the pool for people in Charleston, but now one community will be paying to swim, all because of bad behavior.
The mayor said things got out of hand yesterday and there was just too much rowdy behavior to ignore.
He said once employees are in danger something needs to be done. The city announced Friday there will now be a charge at one of their pools. Cato pool on Charleston’s west side will now charge everyone $2.00.
The mayor said the choice was either to start charging or to close the pool altogether.
“Yesterday they threw the manager in the pool and she's short lady,” Mayor Danny Jones said, “We just don't feel people ought to act like that, we try to do free pools. We started that when I became mayor four years ago to spread good will and at that pool they've violated what we've tried to do."
“I'm kind of upset because I’ve been asking for some kind of security when we reached 600 people, since Memorial Day when we had a knife fight out front with the two women and I was upset,” Cato Pool manager Amanda Shanklin said, “I knew something would happen but lucky that it was just that.”
The mayor says he's disappointed to have to make the change, but also hopes this decision will help spread people out to the four other pools the city offers.
“Usually the paying customer is a good customer so I think it's a good thing it's changed back to being a paid pool,” resident of Charleston Joseph Burford said.
Others, however, aren’t happy with the change, including Councilman John Miller.
“The wise and prudent thing to have done was to let the kids come in today free bring the police officers up here and the ones that are unruly and cause problems put them out,” Miller said.
Mayor Jones said it's probably just a small number of people, but safety comes first. He also said people should take advantage of the pools, but not at the expense of our employees.