You just knew that the dog rule forbidding dogs in the fountain area would be broken, again and again. Even with a sign at the entrance to the Oval fountain blaring the message. And you just knew that Public Safety would be no place around to catch this rule being broken...
Today, lovely day at the fountain. Noon. One dog was there, then another joined in the fun:
No Public Safety to be seen in the Doll House Booth or anywhere else.
Half an hour goes by. The dogs are still there. A Public Safety car circles the Oval, but, of course, doesn't see anything.
Soon afterward, another dog joins the two already at the fountain. That's three dogs.
An hour goes by. One more dog at the fountain, making a total of four dogs in an area off limits to dogs.
Not once did a Public Safety officer step into the fountain area to check around. For dogs. Or hookah parties. Or whatever.
Let's revert to the policy that if you can't enforce the rules, or don't feel compelled to regularly check if they are being enforced, get rid of the rules. It's much better that way. Less aggravation, less trouble, more freedoms for dogs and dog-owners everywhere.
UPDATE: ca. 4:15-4:45pm. Five (different) dogs at the fountain plaza! Guys, forget about enforcing this rule and just remove the standing no dog sign. Seriously. The non-compliance of this rule just advances the concept that rules aren't followed here in general and dismays those that do follow the rules.
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