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Citizen complaint of the day: Wahlberg wannabes with boomboxes shouldn't be allowed at kiddie splash pads

Continuing the cavalcade of complaints about splash pads in local playgrounds comes this 311 complaint about the playground at Johnson Park on Green Street in JP this morning:

Obnoxious guy who looks like a Marky Mark stunt double is blasting music at the splash pad.

Ed. note: We don't know that the Wahlberg simulacrum actually has a boombox and not something more modern, but it would fit, wouldn't it?

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I was at that park, at noon, watching my 6-year-old run through the sprinklers. There was a baby stroller, parked in between sprinklers, with a battery-powered speaker playing everything from Huey Lewis and the News to Taylor Swift. When the music changed to something that had some curse words bleeped out (they were playing the radio edits, natch), somebody jumped it forward to the next blandly inoffensive track. A 4-month-old baby next to me slept through the music. There may or may not have been a Wahlburger-wannabe in charge of the speaker, I didn't get a close look at everyone at the park.

Every kid there was digging the tunes, and no grown up looked even slightly annoyed. Even my crotchety old self was digging the music. Lighten up and enjoy the weather, anonymous 311 reporter.

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A certain metropolis would like to sleep.

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It's kind of peak Boston to hate on someone's looks, and in particular looking like one of the biggest sex symbols of the early 1990s. Never change.

There's really nothing in the world like Boston passive aggression. They could have asked Marky Mark to stop, but they sat there and stewed about it then posted that.

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So ask them to turn it down and risk being assaulted.

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1) The whiner was most likely not a native. 2) Boston (metro Boston included; all of eastern MA) is a lot of things. Passive aggressive it ain't. 3) You have obviously never been to the midwest and south (minus the large metro areas).

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But then they would have to cool their outrage when people like the commentator above started expressing their enjoyment of the music. Much easier to cry to mommy.

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Nah...if you're really from Boston you'd just tell someone to f*ck off. :) We aren't that into being passive-aggressive.

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maybe someone can doctor one up?

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Sounds like someone needs to move to the leafy suburbs.

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We live in a city. Human habitation is denser. Greater density results in more murders. If a person doesn't like living where there are more murders then they should move to a farm.

Same with rapes, theft, drugs, etc. Don't like the problems that come with city living? Move out of the city.

Actually, why do we even spend money chasing and jailing criminals in cities. There will always be criminals. Why bother with spending money with prosecuting them and then spending the millions housing criminals in prisons.

It's the city gosh darn it. Don't like? Move to a farm.

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There are a few differences between someone playing music loud in a park in the middle of the day and a murder.

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Depends upon the playlist...

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Well played.

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They didn't even complain to the right party. Johnson Park isn't a City park. It's a state park, owned by the Commonwealth and under the jurisdiction of the DCR as part of Southwest Corridor Park.

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With no comment about whether the music was something that needed to be reported, here's a clarification about reporting issues in state parks. There is always a lot of discussion about city vs. state, so here is a point of clarification:

Even though the Southwest Corridor Park is a state park, you can use 311 to report issues. The 311 system will forward the issues to the appropriate agency. You can also use 911 for public safety issues that might require a police officer to come. The SWCPC.org website has a public safety page (http://swcpc.org/publicsafety.asp) that explains how to report concerns in a state park.

About "what to report" -- we've always been encouraged to "don't hesitate to call or report." In recent years, there's been a clarification: "Don't hesitate to call or report something of concern, but use your best judgment." (Don't let your reaction be to how someone looks, especially race/ethnicity, clothing, age, etc., but consider the actual situation and whether a call or report is needed.)

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As Steeve alluded above, these type of stories are practically useless without a video or photo. One look at the person blasting the music and another look at the person filing the complaint would tell us all we need to know.

In about 75% of cases, you can pretty much tell what someone is all about just by looking at them.

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Ya know. In the interest of pointing out that what you just said obviously leads to.

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Why is everyone of these yuppies with strollers in this neighborhood so much more willing to use snitching apps to deal with their problems than actually engage with the people around them? My guess is they know they should feel ashamed.

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They know that somebody engaged in some major anti-social behavior, like blaring music early in the morning at a kiddie splash pad is perhaps a bit more likely than most to be hot headed and possibly prone to violence and better to let the authorities deal with the situation.

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The sad part about this post? I guarantee this person would have never stepped foot in that park or JP when I was a kid.

Parks are meant to be used by all people of the area...not just some.

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