You have to buy a “Discover Pass” ($30/year, $10/day) to visit many of the parks in Washington state. One of the big draws – and greatest source of complaints – is Cape Disappointment, near Astoria, Oregon.
But buying those required passes isn’t as easy as it should be, and in some cases – particularly at Cape Disappointment – rogue state park rangers reportedly go out of their way to play a game of “gotcha” on unsuspecting tourists:
For the clerks in Pacific County’s South District Court, though, the complaints they see have more to do with the rangers themselves. Rangers who, they say, sometimes brag to them about how they hid in bushes, waiting until people stepped away to ticket their cars.
That’s not most peoples’ idea of serving the public, and it generates hundreds of complaints annually. Parks mouthpiece, Virginia Painter, acknowledges that people visit the parks with high expectations, but offers no explanation as to why such conduct by the rangers is tolerated.
Cape Disappointment State Park Manager Evan Roberts and Tom Benanati, a ranger often mentioned by the letter writers and described by them as being intimidating and aggressive, could not be reached or would not comment on this article despite several attempts to contact them, directly and via Painter.
It appears that these guys are so out of control that they can’t be bothered to respond to inquiries from their fellow staff members, so why are they still employed?
Look for/ the union label….
Yes, thanks to the state parks rangers, Cape Disappointment provides not only disappointment, but a hefty ticket as well.