“This is a venue for children and they aren’t taking the safety of children seriously.”
It’s fall y’all. The crisp and sometimes cold and wet air has a hint of smoke and pumpkin spice. Saturdays are for the SEC. The kids are telling parents what they want to be for Halloween, which changes daily. Many are planning a little fright night at a haunted house. It’s a wonderful time of year.
The not so wonderful part to that last little fall element, the haunted house, may have parents worrying a little bit.
Plantation Blood is the only game in town for Halloween haunted house fans. Many thrill seekers, both young and old alike, cue up in the line at Plantation Blood routinely waiting five or more hours on busy nights.
It was last year that Plantation Blood found themselves in the local news. It was reported that two girls claimed they were blindfolded, wrists duct taped and made to bark like dogs, walking on all fours while the actors allegedly struck them in the face and on the buttocks. The girls wrists allegedly were bruised. They left the facility after using the safe word.
This incident happened on a night where the house had an 18+ age restriction and “creatures in the Blood Mansion are no longer bound by the rules.”
There is a Plantation Blood Extreme night scheduled for October 29th.
In 2017, a 19 year old with alcohol on his breath was accused of sexual assault at Plantation Blood. 3 volunteers were assaulted, and 1 stated they were sexually assaulted by the customer at the haunted house.
This year, social media comments and reviews of the venue both tell the tail of waiting for hours only to not enter the house. While other patrons verbalize complaints of waiting in the que to enter, with scant security or staff monitoring the gaggle of people.
The co-mingling minor children and possibly, maybe drunken adults on standby, outdoors, for hours, and not monitored is passionately written about on Plantation Blood’s Facebook page and various internet reviews.
Here is a sampling of what is being said:
“Can’t believe we paid $22 and got in line. Talked to some people that have been in line for 3hrs and didn’t even get halfway yet. The staff had no problem advertising VIP for additional $18. So we decided to pay extra. And waited 3mins. And cut all lines. It’s sad that they treat us like cattle. They need better organizational skills. I am home and can rest assure most ppl will be there till 4am!!!” 10/13/2019 Markus Hill, Google Review
“I would give this piece of crap zero stars, 4 hours of my precious time wasted in this stupid attraction, didn’t even get to go in. Me and my friends wasted 110 dollars on something that didn’t even scare me SCREW THAT. Never going back!” 10/12/2019 Anonymous Yelp Review
“Oh my kids were scared last night but it was because people in line were threatening them with physical violence and the employees and police officers did NOTHING Not even walk them to their car. No working number either during business hours. Don’t waste your time or your money!” 10/13/2019 Shanna Gamache, Facebook
Shanna Gamache spoke to the Metro Spirit to tell her reasoning for the post. Gamache’s 17 year old son and a group of friends, 12 teenagers total, carpooled out to experience the haunt at Plantation Blood. The group of teens were about two hours into their wait when another group of teens began making their way to the entrance of Plantation Blood’s waiting cue cutting in front of the patrons standing in line.
One of the girls in the Gamache group told the unruly line cutters that they had been waiting for a couple of hours and they were not okay with letting them pass. This elicited a response of violent threats from the line cutters toward the young teens, even threatening to “rip that ponytail off” of the girl’s head.
Gamache stated her son told the incensed female of the cutting group that “they did not want any trouble” and their friend “wasn’t trying to be uncivilized.” This only enraged the female and the rest of the group which responded with violent threats: “we are going to kill you, beat your ass, slit your throat”, that sort of thing.
The teen allowed the wayward teens to pass them to avoid any danger and searched for help, but the taunting, harassment and threats continued.. He notified the Richmond County officer on site about the incident and their threats of violence toward the group of teens.
According to Gamache, the police officer spoke to the misbehaving teens, who told them to either leave or get in the back of the line. The insubordination continued and the kids turned their anger toward the cop who then retreated away from their verbal abuse.
Gamache received a call from one of the girls in the party who explained what happened and asked if Gamache could pick them up from Plantation Blood. Since the other kids in their group wanted to stay, the girl said she would stay with them. Gamache told her “promise me to have an adult that works there or a security guard walk you to your car or at least until I come get you.”
When the teens asked the police officer to walk them to their car, the officer told them no three times and finally compromised walking them to the gate, but not to their car.
Gamache was appalled by the negligence and lack of concern from both the special duty Richmond County police officer and the employees of Plantation Blood. She took it upon herself to write about it on the Plantation Blood Facebook page.
From the time she posted on Facebook to her interview with the Metro Spirit, no representative from Plantation Blood had contacted Ms. Gamache about the incident.
When asked if Gamache would allow her child to visit Plantation Blood again, she responded immediately with no. “This is a venue for children and they aren’t taking the safety of children seriously.”
Another parent who’s daughter was in the group of 12, Mrs. Jackson (unrelated), did say Plantation Blood owner Mark Jackson contacted her over the weekend and apologized, offering free VIP passes for the children. She declined.