Too many louts in Maple Ridge

My name is Santino and I am a 24- year-old male resident of Pitt Meadows. I have lived in this city for 11 years now and I have seen...

Editor, The News:

My name is Santino and I am a 24- year-old male resident of Pitt Meadows. I have lived in this city for 11 years now and I have seen a lot of shenanigans but last night I was witness to something which both deeply upset and angered me.

While we were waiting at the McDonalds, we watched a group of clearly drunk young males stand near the drive thru, behaving like monkeys, trust falling and then catching each other and then beating on their chests as if they were some kind of king of the jungle.

Shortly after this, a taxi full of more drunk young adults pulled up to the drive-thru and the group of males which I previously mentioned, approached their car.

As I drove up to the drive-thru to place  my order, a fight broke out. Two young males threw another male at, and through the sign, where I was placing my order.

Then a young man was on the ground in front of my car was being kicked by two cowards.

My girlfriend honked the horn and they scattered back to the taxi like the pathetic creatures they are.

I called the police right after and this morning I realized the car which I was driving, which just so happens to be a rental, has a large dent in a door. This is presumably from the impact of one of these young men’s heads.

Sadly, this is nothing new when it comes to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

These towns appear beautiful at first glance, but after spending my youth here, I can honestly say I am ashamed by a lot of what I have seen over the years.

There is too much privilege and not enough education.

There are too many gyms and not enough bookstores.

There are too many tough guys and not enough thought leaders.

I want to write something about this to be published in the newspaper as I’m actually concerned about a lot of things that are going on in these cities and I feel that nobody ever talks about these kinds of situations and their underlying root causes.

Santino Groves

Pitt Meadows