It’s prom season in Kansas City and early reviews via social media and sent to TKC warn us that the County Club Plaza might have lost its crown as the premier destination for youngsters celebrating their first night on the town.
To wit . . .
THE FIRST PROM SEASON WEEKEND IN KANSAS CITY SHOULD SERVE AS A WARNING THAT DISASTER THREATENS FORMAL PARTY-GOERS ON THE PLAZA!!!
First and foremost, here’s a note on a public safety threat . . .
An e-mail message and KANSAS CITY PROM WARNING from last night . . .
“TKC, started reading ur blog when my current events teacher suggested it to keep up with KCMO and school board issues. Appreciate the take on news that I don’t see on tv. Just wanted to let you know that last night was a total disaster for me and my friends when we were threatened over and over on the plaza. All we wanted to do is take a few pictures near the (J.C. Nichols) fountain but as soon as we crossed the street we were harassed and yelled at then shoved by those who seemed like they had been hanging out there all night. I’ve seen you call the trend a flash mob but it’s more like a gang. These aren’t just kids either, a lot of the people hanging out there look like they’re in their twenties to me . . . Anyway, we barely got one good shot before the girls started yelling at us and then picking on our dates. I kept a cool head and decided it was better to leave before things got worse. That only made all of these people even more angry as they started to yell and even scream our way. By the time we got to the crosswalk a couple of guys pushed my friend in the back and he fell to the ground. Luckily he wasn’t hurt and I helped him up. The security guard was a black guy who was really nice and he helped us when he saw we were in trouble. All I can say is that I wish somebody would have warned me things were this bad on the plaza and that’s why I’m sending the e-mail as one of your tipsters. Don’t want to see anyone else go through this and wish I had better memories from my Senior prom . . .”
And the hits keep on coming . . .
Preliminary prom night reviews don’t get much better when it comes to youngster first experiences with find dining on The Plaza . . .
Here’s a social media message from one of our younger “friends” who wasn’t impressed with otherwise celebrated Plaza service:
“Steak served nearly raw, rude waitress who made us wait forever and very expensive when none of us even ordered an entree. Do yourself a favor and skip Plaza ######## for prom.”
We’re withholding the name of the restaurant out of fairness and because waiting on prom kids must be a form of torture for most servers who are just trying to make a living without babysitting middle-class brats.
Finally . . . This metro dad warns us about experimenting with new tech for the prom season . . .
“Uber surge pricing ruined my daughter’s prom — My baby girl loves new technology and wanted to take an Uber to prom rather than going the classic route with a limousine. That seemed like a cute idea and I was glad to help her. Only an hour into the night she sent me a text worried about the tab they were running up because the price she was expected had nearly doubled halfway through her trip.
What is worse than the cost of her misadventure is that she felt uncomfortable with the driver who kept staring at her and her friends and adjusting his dashboard camera to focus on them and staring at my daughter in the rear view mirror. She is afraid he is going to put video of her on YouTube for no other reason but to target her sexually.
I called Uber and reported the incident and they told me the drivers have a right to record the trip for their safety and that of their passengers. I told them that my daughter did not feel safe at all in the car and that will be the last time I use their service.”
And so . . .
What have we learned form all these prom complaints from the Kansas City petite bourgeoisie?!?!
PROM NIGHT ON THE PLAZA IS FAR MORE DANGEROUS, COSTLY AND FEARSOME FOR THE NEWEST GENERATION OF KANSAS CITY YOUNGSTERS!!!
While TKC (obviously) missed the prom . . . Our blog community provides this bit of Plaza testimony in order to prevent even more youthful misery and in hopes that this formal Kansas City tradition hasn’t been completely ruined.
You decide . . .