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Skateboarders Get Revenge on Local Government by Dropping Sand at City Hall

You have to hand it to them…this was pretty clever.

During this global pandemic, there have been no shortage of clever ways in which our local officials have attempted to promote social distancing, some which are far more necessary than others.

As with any government action, there will be those who take things just a little overboard.  For several American locales, this included dumping sand in local skateboard parks to prevent athletes from using the facilities in otherwise closed city parks.

In Pittsburgh, the skateboarders took revenge against the local government on account of this expensive and messy precaution.

Someone dumped sand in a revolving door at Pittsburgh’s City Hall on Thursday night, hours after city officials reported a public works crew put sand in a shuttered neighborhood skateboard park to prevent repeated break-ins.

Public safety spokesman Chris Togneri said police were investigating the sand dumping in a doorway at the Grant Street entrance to the City-County Building, Downtown. He declined to comment on the possibility the two incidents were related, citing an ongoing investigation.

It’s unclear whether the dumping was captured by city cameras.

Photos of the incident were soon shared to Twitter.

Pittsburgh’s decision to use sand as a skateboarding deterrent comes after a number of California cities employed a similar tactic in trying to keep skaters socially-distanced.  Those west coast attempts were also met with some resistance, but nothing quite as direct as what we’re seeing from the Keystone State.


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