View Full Version : LARPers attacked in Florida

06-10-2010, 04:51 PM
Maybe not exactly Ren related: but I do foam fighting too http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/criminal/alleged-victims-describe-attack-that-cost-them-vision-in-hernando-trial/1101262

Pistol whipped and mugged for playing in garb. And note the comments below about 31-year-olds knowing better.

06-11-2010, 12:00 PM
Today the world is just a little safer from those who think beating geeks, rennies, engineers and larpers is somehow OK.

Phoenix McHeit
06-11-2010, 12:34 PM


The 6th Rogue
06-11-2010, 01:59 PM
Hopefully there's some anger therapy in that asshole's future...that involves him being repeatedly being victimized in prison for all of the 45 years he's supposed to be in there.

06-13-2010, 03:45 PM
Wow - horrible! Of course that Rivera goon was just looking for victims. They also need to lock up his "friends" who drove him out to assault people and came along for the "fun". Those morons need to spend as much time in the lock up as their mascochistic buddy. Ugh.
And how is it we do keep letting people out when they maim other people on a regular basis? Some people are just to dangerous to ever release. That is just a fact.
LARPing is fun. It is safer to do it on private land, though - less harassment. But the paintball mention indicates it was a gaming area, though full of thugs. Rivera is like those jerks who assault people in mascot outfits. It does not matter if you are dressed like a bobcat, a warrior, or a hot dog out in front of the local Hot-n-Now eatery, there is no reason to expect or receive a beating for doing so. The attackers are just looking for any excuse to pretend the normal laws are more relaxed - who raises these beasts?
One comment was that someone "feels bad for the mothers of people sent to jail" - bit of a stretch to assume they had one around, certainly.
Jail is too good for Rivera, apparently, since he has no qualms about going back.

The 6th Rogue
06-14-2010, 10:25 AM
We used to LARP on private land that was several miles off one of the popular mountain hiking trails in PA. I think about 3 times in 7 years we had very lost hikers stumble into our group. It was very uncomfortable for all around.

06-14-2010, 11:51 AM
Many people live very sheltered lives and are easily "weirded out" which is why I recommend parents exposing their kids to strangeness often!

We have walkers stumble into our event - we round them up and charge them entry fees or escort them out, so it is good that the dazed look marks them for us. One year we were closing and an older couple wandered in. We had emptied the beer kegs and there was a table of cold beers and not enough people to finish them off within reason. It took the husband one look at that table to decide he had an intense interest in the Renaissance. LOL

Field full of hot sweaty people in strange clothing doing strange things? Scarey
Field full of hot sweaty people in strange clothing doing strange things with a table full of cold beers? Delightful and enchanting!

06-28-2010, 10:41 PM
RenChick, AWESOME story! I think the thing that raised my hackles was this:

"Rivera also was charged earlier this year with aggravated battery after he beat a fellow Hernando County Jail inmate, who was sent to a Tampa hospital for emergency surgery for facial fractures."

So, Mr. Rivera has a history of inflicting severe facial injuries, and has done time (at the very least, jail time). Sounds like something was absolutely going to send him back there, and the LARPers just happened to cross his path before someone else did. The only "plus" side to that is that the LARPers were so innocent as citizens that the case was easy - dead easy - to decide. If Rivera had stuck to terrorizing people with shadier backgrounds, he might still be at large. We can think healing thoughts for Dominic and Kevin, that the nerves which "shouldn't" be able to heal may yet do so. Stranger things have happened.

The 6th Rogue
07-01-2010, 03:22 PM
Methinks he'll be a lifer in short order.

07-01-2010, 05:02 PM
Yep - some animals just need to be put down. Shame we have to foot the bill for that one. Maybe his fighting ways will catch up to him at last in the big house. What kind of monster re-arranges peoples faces on a routine basis? I don't care what his folks did to him - there is no excuse for being an animal your whole life after.

07-11-2010, 10:52 PM
Just ...
What the hell is wrong with people?!