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View Poll Results: Is opened fire hydran a sign of ghetto?
Yes. 42 55.26%
No. 26 34.21%
Not sure. 8 10.53%
Voters: 76. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-08-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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On my way to visit someone last week, I walk down a block with an open fire hydrant. There's a young kid putting his hand over the water, changing the trajectory of the water so it's hitting the other side of the street. Ahead of me is a woman in her 50s dressed business casual and she stops and tells the boy, "Can you let me pass?" Of course he sprays her down and the woman was pissed. She replied back, "I asked you to let me pass!" And the boys mother starts shouting out the window calling the woman stupida and a bunch of other insults in Spanish. For that experience alone I voted ghetto.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:35 AM
 
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I have never seen an open fire hydrant in the ues or uws but if I go to Harlem or wash heights I can probably find one. I lived in Harlem and I live in wash heights. So I will have to say yes it is a sign of a ghetto.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pelham Parkway,The Bronx
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Open fire hydrants,yes.Hydrants with sprinkler caps,no.

A distinction should be drawn between neighborhoods where it is an approved,legal,supervised and controlled summer activity for kids who might live with no AC and never get out of the city and neighborhoods where the hydrants are lawlessly opened full force, without caps and just left open endlessly, to flood the streets and lower water pressures.

I've seen kids playing under the sprinkler capped showers in many non "ghetto" neighborhoods where the caps are put on for a few hours in the afternoon or evening.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:04 AM
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:22 AM
 
Location: London
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On my way to visit someone last week, I walk down a block with an open fire hydrant. There's a young kid putting his hand over the water, changing the trajectory of the water so it's hitting the other side of the street. Ahead of me is a woman in her 50s dressed business casual and she stops and tells the boy, "Can you let me pass?" Of course he sprays her down and the woman was pissed. She replied back, "I asked you to let me pass!" And the boys mother starts shouting out the window calling the woman stupida and a bunch of other insults in Spanish. For that experience alone I voted ghetto.
That's why I walk on the other side of the street when I see hydrants open. Not because I have to give deference to those kids and I have no right to walk where I please, but because I know that lots of these kids (and their parents) are anti-social like the ones you described. I don't mind them playing in the water, but plenty of them would welcome the chance to drench someone just going about her business.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:55 AM
 
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Ghetto, and the lack of respect for people who do not wish to get drenched could bring about much problems. A few years ago an outsider in my neighborhood was hanging out with some friends. He told one of the guys who was filling up a bucket of water and tossing it at his already wet friends to not dare wet him, that what will ensue will be bad. Needless to say, he wet the guy and then got chased with a knife...luckily he was talked down from doing anything with the knife.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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I live in Bay Ridge and there was an open hydrant with kids running in and out of the water. I even ran through once lol I guess im ghetto.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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It doesn't get any more ghetto than an opened fire hydrant.
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities
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There are other ways of keeping cool without potentially endangering the block in case of a fire. So yes it is ghetto. I don't see this in suburban hoods or the more affluent areas of NYC.
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:58 PM
 
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there was an open hydrant on Furman Avenue between Nereid and 239th street all week last week in Wakefield
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