Updated: 7:32 am
During a fundraising event at Amici’s this past weekend, party goers setup what appeared to be vehicle checkpoint. They were aggressively panhandling – stopping cars along Gerritsen suggesting people give money for cancer.
Many people starting contacting the website this past Sunday about problems in front of amici’s and when we went up to check it out. We confirmed that the bikers setup a vehicle checkpoint and they were being very aggressive.
Through the strategic use of cones and bodies, southbound traffic (into Gerritsen Beach) had no choice to stop at the checkpoint when someone would flag, wave, or literally stand in front of traffic. At that point they would ask for money for cancer. Although it seemed festive, many felt like it was meant to be an intimating shakedown as it was bikers stopping your car. If a vehicle did not stop, slow or give money members at the checkpoint would yell or make motions to try and kick the car. At one point during the day there was a line of cars to Channel Avenue.
No idea why they thought they could stop traffic, but i’m sure everyone has lots of opinions. What do you think of what took place this weekend?