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UPDATED: Snow removal workers threatened in Prince George's, official says

County drivers working to plow the roads in Prince George's County were accosted Thursday around 10 a.m. by several residents, who told them that if their streets didn't get plowed they were going to "throw them out of their trucks and beat them up," said Susan Hubbard, spokeswoman for the county's Department of Public Works and Transportation.

The incident happened in the southern part of the county, outside the Beltway, but Hubbard declined to name a specific neighborhood. She said police were notified and have responded to the area to make their presence known, though Hubbard did not believe any arrests were made. A call to county police officials for more information was not immediately returned.

"We had reports that three or four of the drivers in this one particular area," were threatened, Hubbard said. "It's ridiculous. ...Men and women are working as hard as they possibly can. ... I understand people are frustrated. ... It's not just here in Prince George's County, it is everywhere. ...Obviously we know we have work to do and we're trying to just as hard as we can. We want to go home. "

UPDATE: Prince George's County police did indeed respond to a call of a threatened plow truck driver this morning in the 5600 block of Devon Court in Camp Springs, a county police spokeswoman confirmed.

Lt. Tammy Sparkman said the driver called in the complaint to the county's command center, which in turn forwarded the message to police.

"When we got on the scene the snow truck driver wasn't there," Sparkman said. "We spoke to the alleged suspect, and he was upset because his street was not plowed at the time."

Another county official said earlier that several truck drivers were threatened, but police only received a call about one driver, Sparkman said.

Sparkman said the man did not admit to making threats, and there were no arrests or injuries. Police "stayed behind for a little while to make sure everything was OK," she said.

"Cabin fever," she added.

By Jonathan Mummolo  |  February 11, 2010; 1:58 PM ET
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ROFL. ONLY in PG.

Posted by: dcmc8377 | February 11, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

People are frustrated but they made the choice to live in an area in which autos are required transportation. It's a price you pay: less convenience and total reliance on clear roads.

Posted by: UrbanLover | February 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of tools...blame your politcians for not providing enough funding for snow removal.

Posted by: sbhaskar002 | February 11, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Police presence is somewhat of a deterrant, but finding those idiots who threatened and arresting/removing them is a better way.

Posted by: 123cartoon | February 11, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

PG residents at their finest!

Posted by: Badger21 | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

There's an easy answer for that. Put that neighborhood at the bottom of the plowing list. Too dangerous, right? Start with the people who are grateful and appreciative, and work your way...down.

Posted by: HelloDollyLlama | February 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I would have backed my snow plow out of that neighborhood, and told my supervisor that there is no way in he11 I would return there. Those people want to act childish and thuggish, fine. Let them plow their own dammn street.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to Maryland to raise "thug" citizens! I hope the threatened drivers blocked those particular streets by dumping more snow!!!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | February 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that happened at all ...

We have witnessed people in Prince George's County being kind and appreciative to our county workers and our neighbors. We have been respectful, tolerant and even complimentary to the county's DWPT employees and your contract personnel.

Shame on you Susan Hubbard - what a disgrace. If you were not willing to share all of the information (if any of it is true) then why say anything. Again, you have managed to give the WaPo something to use in their continued quest to paint the citizens of Prince George's County in a negative light to the Nation; shame on you!

Posted by: EIEAR | February 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I wonder which area that was???

Posted by: sassyter8426 | February 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

That's got to be the dumbest thing I have heard yet. So beating them up is going to get your street plowed quicker??!!

Posted by: annevalentine | February 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Quite honestly, what can one expect from the average citizens of PG County. Having spent my childhood and teenage years in PG County, I wouldn't expect anything less from the denizens of this "fine" county.

Posted by: macinyourface | February 11, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Probably a bunch of tea-baggers ... they demand government services but don't want to pay for them.

Posted by: HughBriss | February 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree that these allegations can be complete fabrications; without concrete evidence they are an example of the worst kind of journalism.

Please, Jonathan Mummolo, do not publish this kind of material without confirmation of its validity; it casts a broad swath of bad light on people who do not deserve it.

Posted by: properbostonian1 | February 11, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Obviously we know we have work to do and we're trying to just as hard as we can. We want to go home." Then go home, you moron. Nobody's stopping you. Go to hell, for all the good you do.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 11, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. PG county is full of ghetto-fied trash.

Posted by: tmi1 | February 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This is newsworthy? If this happened in New York, the plow driver would have shrugged and said, "You'd better be real sweet to me if you want your street plowed."

In the real world, people get angry and yell at each other. The typical, repressed, faux-polite Washingtonian is highly abnormal.

Posted by: Wallenstein | February 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

UrbanLover wrote:

People are frustrated but they made the choice to live in an area in which autos are required transportation. It's a price you pay: less convenience and total reliance on clear roads.

=======

Ah, what about all of the folks living in Takoma Park and Downtown Silver Spring?

Neither MetroBus nor the above-ground sections of MetroRail are serving those high-density mixed-use URBAN facilities.

If your sarcasm detector isn't blinking, get it fixed.

Posted by: thardman | February 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

We pay someone to plow our streets. Seems to work well enough. Depending on the county seems foolish in that regard.

If you have that many people with that much energy, they should just start shoveling the streets themselves.

Posted by: staticvars | February 11, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Come on folks. What demographic in PG county do you think these scumbags are? I think I know but it seems everyone is too afraid to mention. I would suspect it was a group of some (unidentified) minority. You know, those people who usually do not contribute anything TO society but expect everything FROM society. Gim me gim me gim me.... What a bunch of a$$hol3s... bro...
I agree totally with putting those areas at the bottom of the list...

Posted by: not4n | February 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? And why is it that some of you think this only happens in Prince George's county? Wake up people...it happens other places too. It's just that no one reports about it because there's the constant need to make our county look bad. We don't need the Washington Post or any other media source to make our county look bad, we have our elected leaders to do that. Every community has some bad eggs people...get a life.

Posted by: lels | February 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Remember folks, these are the people that hold sway for the rest of MD election-wise, along with B-more City and Mongomery. Doesn't that give you the warm and fuzzies?

Posted by: Ratzoe | February 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

HughBriss: I think you are mistaken. Teabaggers have jobs, pay taxes and expect government FOR the people BY the people. They DO NOT expect goverment handouts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: not4n | February 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I know I was shocked when I learned that this occurred in Prince George's County. Nothing even remotely similar ever happens there.

Posted by: maus92 | February 11, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Ditto to all those that said the plow drivers should refuse to plow that neighborhood.

Posted by: thetan | February 11, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What the heck does anybody need snowplows for? Nobel laureate Al has said the whole world is going to be baked like a Thanksgiving turkey because of all the people running around in their SUVs. If he said it, it must be true, right? Relax and be comforted that the snow accumulations are just mirages.

Posted by: txpenguin | February 11, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If they're not willing to name the area then why report the story. There are no facts that make this a story

Posted by: rlj1 | February 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame all of PG county is being branded by such a small number of idiots. I think the media gets a kick out of posting negative information, but rarely do you see stories of the good that happens in PG county. Most people in the county are honest, hard-working citizens and believe it or not, in my neighborhood, people have helped dig each other out, get groceries for the ones who weren't able to and shared generators believe it or not.

Posted by: kimblow1 | February 11, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

not4n

Teabaggers=Citizens who want ultra services, and no taxes. Not a handout, god will provide plowing; or Sarah has it in the palm of her hand. Guess you are one.

Posted by: linda_521 | February 11, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in Montgomery County, and have happily resided in Prince George's County for over 30 years.

The difference between the two counties is that in Prince George's, people might fly off the handle "in the moment", not commendable but understandable if your street has not yet been plowed.

Among the more highly educated populace of Montgomery County, the preferred retaliation method will be lawsuits filed after the fact, forcing the county to spend its funds in court.

I have never regretted my decision to move out of Montgomery County.

Posted by: scrim1 | February 11, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it seems like a good idea to threaten the life of a snow plow driver when your street is not plowed. Violence should always be the first choice as many comments seem to justify

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

This can happen everywhere.

We had a VA state truck with blade set 18 inches above the snow height run down our street this morning, then come back ~ and not hit anything.

He totally ignored the 15 inches of solid packed snow under his vehicle!

I don't believe I've seen a Liberal that arrogant and condescending. Well, maybe, but only once, and that was an accident.

It's when the snow clearance folks aren't doing their job at all that the poor victim taxpayers take up arms ~ or something.

Just what do people elsewhere do when this happens?

Posted by: muawiyah | February 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mummolo, this shouldn't have been posted and you should know better as a journalist. You can't identify anybody to verify this statement and there is no specification of where this supposedly occurred in the county. The reader has no source to back this up other than a spokesperson who's been sitting in a heated room all day. Is there a source who was present at the can be quoted on the record? You are unfairly maligning people in Prince George's, the majority of whom are law-abiding citizens who are taking care of their families at this time. All you have done is unleash the floodgates of speculation--people who have nothing better to do but to sit on a blog and egg on racial stereotypes have invaded this blog. Why would people "beat up" the workers who have arrived to plow the roads? That kinda defeats of purpose of them being there.

This is not journalism.

Posted by: profyle424 | February 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

RE: not4n

Teabaggers=Citizens who want ultra services, and no taxes. Not a handout, god will provide plowing; or Sarah has it in the palm of her hand. Guess you are one.

Posted by: linda_521 | February 11, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually people who support the tea party movement want less taxes and fewer services believing that individuals can provide for themselves and their communities better and more efficiently than any government agency can. Perhaps you could discuss this calmly with someone who supports the movement and you might learn something. I'm sure you could teach them something also.

Posted by: cooprego1 | February 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

P.G. County? Gee! What a surprise!!!!

Posted by: JamesChristian | February 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Must be racist snowplow drivers. They're only plowing the white snow.

Posted by: tristesse27 | February 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

PG County needs to be destroyed and started from scratch.

Everybody should pray to their God to inflict a Katrina-like natural disaster on the place.

Posted by: kenk3 | February 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

...and the PG Police presence finally appeared and proceeded to beat the cr@p out of the residents.

Gotta love Prince Georges folk.

Posted by: JONJJ | February 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's when the snow clearance folks aren't doing their job at all that the poor victim taxpayers take up arms ~ or something.

Just what do people elsewhere do when this happens?

Posted by: muawiyah

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I can think of a half dozen things to do before taking up arms against snow plow drivers becomes an option (call the county, flag down the plow guy and explain it, hire someone yourself, get the neighbors and dig, wait for the next plow, drink heavily).

It's just snow. You don't have to shoot somebody over it.

Posted by: ghokee | February 11, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Send those plows in guarded by a SWAT team, that'll teach 'em. As they patrol they can say, "I'll get you my pretty...and their crazy little dogs too (in the voice of the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz)!"

Posted by: thetan | February 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, these few are giving everyone else a bad name, which is unfair to the citizens in Prince George's County, myself included. Making threats is what ignorant people do when they feel powerless. In my view, ignorance comes from not taking education seriously, which is a huge problem. They probably don't know how to talk in an appropriate manner to county officials on the phone, so they dump on the poor plow drivers who are following county orders.

Posted by: wasteoftime2 | February 11, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I thought they were going to be threatening them for plowing the street snow into freshly-dug-out driveways and/or parking spaces. That was the thing that always got me ... I'd waste 4 hours digging out only to watch the plow go by and push all the street snow onto my spots!

Posted by: Omyobama | February 11, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Watching the humanitarian crises around the world, MD residents who show this much rage have a lot of nerve. Most of them still have a warm house to live in. Most workers who are providing vital services are managing to get to work. I would hope that employers are understanding if an employee can't get to work. Where do these angry people NEED to go? Most of them probably just feel entitled to drive their car anywhere they please. They just need to chill out (which should be easy given the weather)!

Posted by: Observer10 | February 11, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The number of racist comments (mostly innuendo) in this thread is as bad, if not worse, than the actions of a few citizens. And those that are hatred-filled are beyond comprehension.

James Christian - you sure don't sound like one.
kenk3 - praying that PG be destroyed?
DC Fanatic - hate in your voice? I hear it.
tmi3 - "gettofied trash"? well, takes one to know one.

Whatever,

Posted by: dezlboy1 | February 11, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

There are two facts here. First, it is PeeGee county, so it is of no surprise about the behavior from the ghetto trash that has accumulated here over the years. Face, PeeGee is at the absolute bottom of the food chain. With that said, what do you expect? Look who is in charge of this county? I drove the roads of Anne Arundel County on Sunday morning...bare, dry pavement. PeeGee? Like trying to drive up on the curb on all of of the streets. This county, its "government" aka street thugs and its "residents" are a national joke!!

Posted by: sfphysicsdude | February 11, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Where else in the metro area would citizens threaten public servants who are just trying to do their job? The same people who threaten and get into alercations with firefighters and the police.

Posted by: MKadyman | February 11, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why, in the world, is this article under "Politics?" Seems pretty ridiculous to me. It should be under "Crimes" because the physical well-being of people just doing their jobs is being threatened.

Posted by: Observer10 | February 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

At DCFanatic: PG County is also the most affluent predominately Black County in the world with highly educated Black people. Yes, we have crime issues in our low income areas, which include some of our predominately white areas. I laugh at you because your mad that your not me. Loser.

Posted by: raymac37 | February 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Police were unable to give chase because the roads were unplowed and unpassable.

Posted by: smoke111 | February 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY GET AN "F+" FOR SNOW REMOVAL!!! PERIOD! THERE NEEDS TO BE A FULL SCALE INVESTIGATION OF WHO THE CONTRACTORS IN CHARGE OF SNOW REMOVAL!!! THIS IS NOTHING LESS THAN A OUTRAGE! THE CITIZENS DESERVE AN EXPLANATION FOR THIS POOR PERFORMANCE BY COUNTY OFFICIALS CHARGED WITH MANAGING THE SNOW REMOVAL EFFORT. THE DPT&T SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED TO SEE HOW THESE CONTRACTS ARE AWARDED AND IF CORRUPTION AND FRAUD IS INVOLVED!!!


Posted by: demtse | February 11, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Take all the snow from all of the entire METRO area, and dump it on there Hood.

Bury the worthless hoodrats.

Posted by: dashriprock | February 11, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I hear you dezlboy1 - they take a story about some idiots (if it did happen) and use it as a license to attack the citizens of PG. So any crime that happens in the areas that they are from are attributed to the whole community. A bunch of losers - I would call them PWT, but that would bring me down to their level.

Posted by: raymac37 | February 11, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

There are two facts here. First, it is PeeGee county, so it is of no surprise about the behavior from the ghetto trash that has accumulated here over the years. Face, PeeGee is at the absolute bottom of the food chain. With that said, what do you expect? Look who is in charge of this county? I drove the roads of Anne Arundel County on Sunday morning...bare, dry pavement. PeeGee? Like trying to drive up on the curb on all of of the streets. This county, its "government" aka street thugs and its "residents" are a national joke!!
____________________________

Fact number three: Racism and stupidity are obviously alive and well on the roads of Anne Arundel County.

Posted by: vztownes | February 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

TRISTESSE27:::::::::FUNNIEST COMMENT I HAVE EVER READ ON WAPO.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | February 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse


THERE'S NOT A DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT A LEVEL OF RACISM PLAYED A PART IN THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR SNOW REMOVAL IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY. FROM THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING SNOW REMOVAL TO THOSE DRIVING THE SNOW PLOWS! I WITNESS SEVERAL WHITE PLOW TRUCK DRIVERS SITTING IN PARKING LOTS FOR HOURS, DOING NOTHING IN THE LARGO/KETTERING AREAS. IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE THAT CENTRAL AVE FROM THE BELTWAY TO ENTERPRISE RD, HAD ONLY ONE LANE PLOWED!! THERE NEEDS TO BE A FULL-SCALE INVESTIGATION OF DPW&T TO DETERMINE WHY NEIGHBORHOOD ROADS WERE SO POORLY PLOWED AND NOT PLOWED AT ALL!!!


Posted by: demtse | February 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"I laugh at you because your mad that your not me. Loser."

"your" = possessive, i.e., "Your grammar sucks."

"you're" = contraction of you + are, i.e., "You're an idiot if this is still difficult for you to understand. We learned it in sixth grade."

Posted by: horace1 | February 11, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

lol thanks sportsfan2

Posted by: tristesse27 | February 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"THERE'S NOT A DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT A LEVEL OF RACISM PLAYED A PART IN THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR SNOW REMOVAL IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY."

Of course there is no doubt, because folks like you see racism in EVERTYHING!

PG county is a majority black county, with majority of blacks running it. Don't blame whitey for your problems.

Posted by: Snowdog | February 11, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Lose an argument, attack the grammar!
*********

"I laugh at you because your mad that your not me. Loser."

"your" = possessive, i.e., "Your grammar sucks."

"you're" = contraction of you + are, i.e., "You're an idiot if this is still difficult for you to understand. We learned it in sixth grade."

Posted by: horace1 | February 11, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: eyekey416 | February 11, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Are you implying that racism has not been displayed by a few posters?
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"THERE'S NOT A DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT A LEVEL OF RACISM PLAYED A PART IN THE POOR PERFORMANCE OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR SNOW REMOVAL IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY."

Of course there is no doubt, because folks like you see racism in EVERTYHING!

PG county is a majority black county, with majority of blacks running it. Don't blame whitey for your problems.

Posted by: Snowdog | February 11, 2010 5:25 PM

Posted by: eyekey416 | February 11, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of idiots. So the people come to clear the roads, and you threaten them? Wow...nothing more really needs to be said

Posted by: mocoresider09 | February 11, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

tristesse27 u r tremendous! you've summed up racism in this country when you said: Must be racist snowplow drivers. They're only plowing the white snow.

LOL!!

Posted by: submarinerssn774 | February 11, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I CHALLENGE YOU APOLOGISTS TO TELL HOW MANY OF THESE CONTRACT SNOWPLOW TRUCK DRIVERS LIVE IN PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY.

Posted by: demtse | February 11, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

This is America and here in Florida, it wouldn't be snow, but perhaps picking up down trees after a Hurricane. In which case, this would end with somebody dead after guns were drawn. Very lucky this didn't happen up there.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | February 11, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing the hate people express when they can do so anonymously.

Posted by: vannw1 | February 11, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

People exaggerate so much.
They just called him an a $ $ hole.

Posted by: eddiemacs | February 11, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah a bunch of racist trash up here. Probably some of the same White people who were looting the unmanned Safeway store yesterday. Who cares what they think? But I have to agree that the snow removal here in Prince George's has been terrible. I can see why people are highly upset. We pay a lot of property taxes out here and do not expect to have to drive on 3-4 inches of rutted ice on MAJOR ROADS.

Posted by: PepperDr | February 11, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is the first action by some to act all belligerent, thuggish, and in your face when they perceive wrongdoing? It's freaking childish to the point of infantilism. Adulthood appears to be unattainable for some. "You betta plow my street, man...oh else i'm gonna F*** you up, man...


Jesus Christ.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 11, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

hmm. i wonder what color these fine people are?...

Posted by: slim4 | February 11, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe this incident happened in the manner that has been reported. I live in PG. I placed my snow removal request online first thing Sunday morning like a good citizen; I did so twice more, in addition to called the support line maybe 10 times. No plow as of Thursday morning, 2/11. On one of the evening newscast on Tuesday evening Jack Johnson stated that all side streets would be plowed by 12 midnight in anticipation of the new storm. No dice. My husband, my son and I went out this morning and started to shovel our own street (over 1/4 mile long). A few neighbors came out and joined us and toward the end, 3 guys came by to help. Three of the households paid them $50 each. I am sore and achey, and have had to take pain medication; will probably have to do so for the next day or so. But it was worth it to be able to go out and get much needed supplies and food; and to see our elderly neighbors able to get out. I can understand the total frustration those folks in Camp Springs must have felt, but I cannot believe they threatened to harm the truck driver. And if he was in their neighborhood anyway, why didn't he just run the plow?? Or drive over the snow a bit, which is mainly what was needed to lower the height for cars to pass. Good luck to all ofthe tax paying citizens who are still trapped in their homes. Meanwhile all of the stores' lots and surrounding areas have been miraculously plowed.

Posted by: Carol7701 | February 11, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I am all for freedom of speech, but there are too many idiots posting here. All of you that insist on denigrating PG county residents with your not so thinly veiled racism should be removed from the thread. Seriously, you don't think EVERYONE is pissed right now? Despite the best efforts of the folks driving the plows?
The Washington Post should also be more careful publishing "stories" that lack verification.

Now, to all of you bigots:
In the wonderful world of the internet, I am sure you are all successful, manly, ex-marines patriots, who don't live in their parent's basements, and have all the solutions to the world’s problems. I am sure some of you will now also claim that you are black, so your comments are justified.

Oh, and I am sure you are all ass kickers too… Punks, just punks with big imaginations and the ability to hide in cyber-space.

Posted by: eor11 | February 11, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I am sure these people were a bunch of thuggish teabaggers who want free services but don't want to pay the taxes for it.

Posted by: sbhaskar002 | February 11, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

PG residents should complain to Ben Cardin. BTW, here in Ben's hometown in Balt. Cty., we had bare pavement today and our main streets were plowed right after the snow stopped falling.

You say Ben hasn't been seen in PG since the election? Oh well, blame it on Bush then.

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 11, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

To "EIEAR", who said:
"I don't believe that happened at all …"

Then why would you even read and participate in this forum? Especially when the majority present already knows that PG county has a longstanding reputation for dangerous instability, crooked politicians and law enforcement and now your silly paranoia about the Washington Post's "... continued quest to paint the citizens of Prince George's County in a negative light to the Nation …".

The only way to demonstrate yourself in a worse light now would be a rehash of the old "don't call it PG county - we live in Prince Georges county" to put you over the top of the denial crowd.

Try to accept the fact that mainstream media will always report anomalous and antisocial behavior (i.e., threats to plow drivers) rather than reporting non-events comprised of what is expected of civil society (e.g.: showing appreciation to public servants).

Now try and realize that your accusing this forum's sponsor of a conspiracy to besmirch your beloved PG county - in this same forum - is an embarrassing waste of effort because you won't really find sympathetic readers here.

You would be better received if you exert your efforts to minimize the same anti-social behavior - or at least find out what the facts are - before you pass judgement, rather than to question reality and raise the issue of whether you personally have a firm grip on it.

By the way, Susan Hubbard appears to also be a public servant who also deserves the appreciation of PG county residents, rather than your uninformed and subjective accusations.

Posted by: WorldNet | February 11, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes people say things to set others off and sometimes it is totally inappropriate. The streets could be plowed with or without words to and from the plow truck driver. The plow truck driver was there to perform a job and that's what he should have done. We pay taxes for a job done, not for words to and from. We should allow the drivers to complete their jobs and complain to those who we put into office.

GOD Bless!!!

Be safe!!!

Posted by: lhammond | February 11, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Yo, Yo, Yo

Posted by: c_e_daniel | February 11, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

It is PG county, nothing more need be said

Posted by: kathymac1 | February 11, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

***** NOW HEAR THIS ******
***** NOW HEAR THIS ******
***** NOW HEAR THIS ******


No new TAXES

MEANS

Get a SHOVEL and GET OUT there.

read my lips

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 11, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

This is probably just a one off incident, so it's important that everyone retain their patience an deal with the situation.

Posted by: sharev87 | February 11, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I love the posts who believe this is a conspiracy by WAPO to make the Prince George's County and its citizens look bad. Unfortunately, PG doesn't need help in that arena. It's a sole champion at that task.

Posted by: rag91354 | February 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that some demographics are quick to resort to violence. It is no coincidence the high levels of violent crimes in certain demographics. Understandably, I would be irate if my street hadn't been plowed since Saturday. However, I would be blasting an official on the phone and voting those responsible out of office, next election cycle. Not menacing and threatening a Latino or black snow-plow driver who's just following orders.

This is why people pay a premium to live in neighborhoods like Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Potomac or Columbia.

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 11, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Why has race come up at all in this discussion? There are lots of predominately black neighborhoods all over this area and we haven't heard any complaints about them from the snowplow drivers. So just because this happened in *one* neighborhood that *might* be predominantly black you think that gives you a right to blame it on race, or imply even in a roundabout way that race had something to do with it? This is exactly why anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows that unfortunately racism is alive and well in this country. If you really don't think you're racist by making those assumptions then you need to buy a dictionary. You can try and justify it all you want but ANY negative preconception based solely on race is racism no matter how enlightened you *think* you are.

Posted by: icemachine79 | February 11, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of tools...blame your politcians for not providing enough funding for snow removal.+++++++++++++++


Blame the policition????

How about blaming yourself and others for REFUSING to pay enough taxes to keep up with the cost of things such as wages, supplies, gas etc.

You don't want to pay for services---then don't expect services.
Simple.

Of couse get off your fat ash and shovel.

I thought that was what you guys wanted. Less govenment and more independence.

Posted by: kare1 | February 11, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

my PG street was adequately and timely cleaned....
This type of behavior happens everywhere in the area... snow plows were hit with snowballs in MoCo, citizens cussed out snow plow drivers in Potomac.. this was on the fox 5...

no big deal and this is not newsworthy and is fodder for the Post's metro desk PG bias slant....

I'm no PG booster, but this sh** is ridiculous!

Posted by: joebananas1 | February 11, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in PRINCE GEORGE'S County for more than 20 years and 99.99% of the people do not act like this guy. He is an idiot who happens to live in Prince George's. The county didn't cause him to be that way. I assure you that there have been idiots during this storm in other parts of Maryland, DC and VA. Some people take great delight in making snarky (and generalized)comments about Prince George's County. What is it about this county that bothers them so? If Prince George's is that bad, why do they waste their energy commenting about it? Haters...

Posted by: yeswecan3 | February 11, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Today I drove through: Charles County, PG County, Arundel County and Baltimore County. Of all of these counties, PG was the worst. Ice ruts on Route 210, you can't pass in lanes without risking an accident. I also was saw plow trucks on side roads riding with their plows up, and throwing salt. Salt isn't going to clear ice pack.

Just what is PG County doing with the plow money?? I agree there needs to be an investigation.

Posted by: flyaway50 | February 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Patience!

Posted by: 40acres | February 11, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

raymac37 wrote: PG County is also the most affluent predominately Black County in the world with highly educated Black people...
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Evidently that high education doesn't include lessons on when to Capitalize Words, but that's OK because proper grammar, punctuation and syntax are racist anyway and the lack of it certainly won't keep you from getting a well paying government job.
PG County may be the most affluent majority black community in the nation, but it's also the poorest, least educated and most crime ridden jurisdiction in the Washington suburbs--by far.
If PG County represents the apogee of black America, that's a pretty sad statement for the race. The place has more crime than all of Maryland's other 22 counties combined--as well as the lousiest schools. Only Baltimore City ranks worse, and guess who is in the majority in Baltimore? If that is something that you want to brag about, go for it, but no one but yourselves is impressed.

Posted by: woody2471 | February 11, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

No doubt they all voted for Obama. Most likely they all want the same government that can't plow the streets in an efficatious fashion to also take over healthcare. Perhaps they're waiting for a handout from "Obama's stash". LOL!!
Blame it on "global warming"!!!!

Posted by: oldno7 | February 11, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse


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"Put that neighborhood at the bottom of the plowing list. Start with the people who are grateful and appreciative."

Yeah,but that would be RACIST... even though race was not mentioned in the article!

We have to be like the woman a few years ago who described her assailant but didn't tell that he was black because she didn't want to be racist. (It's people like that who give us common-sense liberals a bad name).

Or the school in Oregon(?) last year that tried everything they could think of to get black kids to pass science class at the same rate as the Asians and whites. After a decade, they gave up because blacks' IQ scores are, on average, 80. Technically, that's retarded. For blacks in Africa, it's 70.

...And HALF of them are even stupider than THAT!

So how did the school comply with the law? They canceled science classes and fired the science teachers! (google it).

Legitimate research over 30 years has shown that Blacks average 80 on unbiased IQ tests. ALL black and liberal sociologists concede that the tests are unbiased. (Example: show a square, a triangle, and a circle; and ask "which is different?")

So why did the black kids flunk science?

Because they're TOO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND SCIENCE ...and they KNOW it!

Yet when blacks read this, they'll get angry.

Why?

Because they're TOO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND SCIENCE ...and they KNOW it!

HAHAAHAH!

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | February 11, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

This whole comment stream is Palinite.

Everyone I know in Camp Springs is white . . .

Posted by: sturunner | February 11, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The citizens of Prince Georges County need to remember this situation when they go to the polls in the next elections. They need to hold those responsible for the lack of performance when it was most needed. They needs to stop accepting mediocrity from county officials, from the county exec, down to the lowest level clerk. When you accept mediocrity, you will get mediocrity.

Posted by: demtse | February 11, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The citizens of Prince Georges County need to remember this situation when they go to the polls in the next elections. They need to hold those responsible for the lack of performance when it was most needed. They needs to stop accepting mediocrity from county officials, from the county exec, down to the lowest level clerk. When you accept mediocrity, you will get mediocrity.

Posted by: demtse | February 11, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

According to FBI statistics for 2009, crime in Prince Georges County is at a 35-year low. What this means is that the county's crime rate is now lower than it was when the majority of its population was white.

Sorry to spoil your supremacist feelings of superiority, tea partiers!

Posted by: beetsnotbeats | February 11, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you exactly the priority of snow removal in every county in the United States.

He who pays the highest property tax gets their snow cleared first.

Guess who gets their roads cleared last.

Posted by: James10 | February 11, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

"Lose an argument, attack the grammar!"

I wasn't arguing. I was simply pointing out that people who can't do grade-school level English are morons.

Posted by: horace1 | February 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Maybe these residents should attend the next county council meeting to let the county council know they are not satisified with services rendered. Call their county council member hourly until something is done. Call Jack Johnson, "The Man".

GO TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING AND RAISE CANE!!!" IF STILL NOT SATISFIED, RUN FOR OFFICE YOURSELF. BE A FIXER NOT A COMPLAINER.

Posted by: doughboy96 | February 11, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's try education over ignorance... As of 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Prince George's County had a population of 820,852, with 286,610 households, and 198,047 families.

Ranked the wealthiest county in the nation with an African-American majority, in June of 2008 Prince George's County became 1 of approximately 48 counties in the United States to receive Standard & Poor's AAA rating.

That the Post elevates the bad behavior of 1 person out of 820,852, and deems the behavior relevant enough to garner front page headlines; is beyond question a loathsome attempt to further disparage the citizens and community of Prince Georges.

That multiple bloggers would use the story as a platform to spew misguided vitriol underscores the degree of ignorance, jealousy, and pure racism that continues to flourish in 2010.

It really is a disgrace.

Posted by: lelbee | February 11, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't sweat it. Similar to the way the KKK utilized white sheets, these ignorant buffoons just enjoy the anonymity of the internet.
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"Let's try education over ignorance... As of 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Prince George's County had a population of 820,852, with 286,610 households, and 198,047 families.

Ranked the wealthiest county in the nation with an African-American majority, in June of 2008 Prince George's County became 1 of approximately 48 counties in the United States to receive Standard & Poor's AAA rating.

That the Post elevates the bad behavior of 1 person out of 820,852, and deems the behavior relevant enough to garner front page headlines; is beyond question a loathsome attempt to further disparage the citizens and community of Prince Georges.

That multiple bloggers would use the story as a platform to spew misguided vitriol underscores the degree of ignorance, jealousy, and pure racism that continues to flourish in 2010.

It really is a disgrace."

Posted by: lelbee | February 11, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: eyekey416 | February 11, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

'pulled from the trucks and beat them up' - so what, this plow driver was threatened by what, a 6 year old?? Wouldn't be the first time wapo published a fictional story, might not be the last either

Posted by: reader011 | February 11, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

When I lived in the district during the 1996 storm, 40% of the district's plows were inoperative and over half of the others ended up being assigned to EMS or fire squads. The only way to get your street plowed in a timely fashion was to have a (real or fake) fire or medical emergency.

You didn't really want to have a fire though, since 6 of the 9 hook and ladder trucks were out of commission (it was only 4 of 9 until 2 of them collided with one another on the way to a fire).

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | February 12, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe this article for one bit! There is no way a citizen in PG County assualted a plow operator--they don't come to our neighborhoods. I haven't seen a plow truck in my neighboorhood since 4 days after the storm in December 2009. WAPO stop spreading lies...saying snow plows were in PG County neighborhoods is like saying you spotted a ghost, big foot, or the lochness monster. Snow on PG county neighborhoods are taken care of the they way they always have been...THE SUN WILL MELT IT AWAY BEFORE WE SEE A PLOW ON OUR STREETS.

Posted by: tluvdantz | February 12, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

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