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Recently, I had a bad experience covering an event. The event I am talking about is the American Royal Barbecue.
In the past this event was well organized and was well attended. However, this year was different. When I got my media credentials I was told I had to pay $20 for parking. Usually, other events in the community have designated parking for the media.
When I decided to park my car, I chose to park on the street so I could have access to my equipment. There were several other cars parked there and I thought it was OK. I even asked somebody and they thought it would be OK mainly because they were parked there as well. So I went to the media office and checked in, without thinking that my car would be towed.
When I came out of the media office I found my car had been towed. After seeing that, I went back to the media office and talked to someone who tried to help. But later, I was asked to leave.
I was bewildered and scared; my car was gone, my cell phone was dead and there was no one to help. When it started to rain I got drenched and one police officer allowed me to sit in his car until the storm blew through. A receptionist said her husband would take me home.
One question I have is why they charge an outrageous price for parking. Is the city of Kansas City, Mo., in that desperate need for money? Wouldn't it be a lot easier if they had bus transportation to the event where a person could park their vehicle and ride the bus?
Maybe, the American Royal could contact Sporting Kansas City or the other large sporting events and discuss with them how they handle large crowds. Let’s hope they go back to the drawing board and figure it out before next year’s event.