Security guards at a water park that offered free entry last April of 2015 claim they try in vain to dissuade hundreds of excess visitors from climbing over pointy iron fences to get into the park.
That hot morning Tay Ho (West Lake) Water Park was indeed overrun by tens of thousands of visitors.
At around 9 a.m., just an hour after opening, there were so many people that park officials had to announce on the public address system that the gates would be closed.
But the thousands of queuing visitors outside had no intentions of turning back after getting that far.
Hundreds began to climb the two-meter-odd pointy iron fence to get into the park.
“It’s so frustrating to reach the park gate but not inside,” a girl, who had just successfully climbed the fence, told Thanh Nien, who ran an article about the incident. “So we had to climb however dangerous it was.”
Many parents even climbed with their children in their arms. Many toddlers were seen crying or frightened at the top of the flimsy fence.
Many people’s clothes were torn and several cases of sexual harassment of lone women were reported in the turmoil.
Except for the victims and security guards who had run themselves into the ground, everyone else seemed to be enjoying the Sunday morning.
But the most satisfied were possibly the managers, who saw their park’s name splashed on every local newspaper and website after just the first free Sunday.
Nghiem Hong Hanh, the deputy head of the park, revealed that the management had foreseen such a turmoil.
“We have a free entry day on the first day of the dry season, and every circumstance is foreseen,” he said, adding that people had similarly scaled the fence last year.
The incident became an unwanted highlight and showed the Vietnamese in a rather bad light. Making it worse is claims that the news company reporting the incident was branded as “untrusted.”
What can be worse? The alleged denial of the park authorities that sexual harassment occurred. One source allegedly quotes a park official blaming women for their attire that supposedly provoked men.
This clearly did not sit well with females, bonafide feminists (and maybe some feminazis too, the men here were CLEARLY in the wrong) and some men too.
But what are the world’s assurances this is not a feminazi exaggeration?
The outcry of the incident and testimonies that Vietnam has not matured in terms of gender equality is causing the incident to stick out like a sore thumb. The incident has been discussed both in English and Vietnamese and has been pointed out as a prime example of what is wrong with Vietnamese culture.
Reports of the men involved in the crashing and harassment have posted some sort of tally of their “victims” in their Facebook accounts and how they cry harassment towards people calling them out on it. They have been reportedly tracked down and their fate is unclear.
As to why there is no order established in such resorts and no queuing made, we can only wonder. This is a bad case of corporate greed with just the chaos alone.
The sexual harassment incidents that became the byproduct of the chaos was inevitable without the planning and corporate responsibility that is to be expected of such companies.
Making the situation worse is “sympathizers” (we suspect they’re just trolls, or your regular asshats) who defended the male mob’s actions, for the simple reason that they were provoked by the skimpily-clad women in their swimsuits. Whether they are connected or are part of the male mob, nobody knows. And if this was the reasoning by the males, that’s a gross lack of self-restraint, expected from all genders.
Just by organization disarray alone, we can judge this is among the worst we’ve seen. Don’t get us started with the sexual harassment thing. Nobody deserves sexual harassment, be it man, woman or anything in between.