With Burning Man rapidly approaching, the Nevada State Sheriff department has issued a disturbing warning to festival goers in the form of an arrest promise.
With a new Sheriff in town, the Pershing County authorities are determined to punish “non-violent” crime en masse. In a conversation with the Associated Press, Sheriff Jerry Allen said, “We don’t have the personnel to issue citations to 70,000 naked people on the playa, but we will be upholding the law to the best of our ability.”
In previous years, former sheriff Richard Machado was known to employ a hands off approach to the festival, however his successor has quickly hired additional officers to patrol the dessert event.
It seems as if Burning Man organisers are taking the news sitting down. “We’ve been working with (Allen) since his election, and he’s been involved with all of the large coordination efforts. It’s an ongoing process on education, but he hasn’t been out there for a few years, so he hasn’t seen the progress we’ve made in recent years,” Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham said.
Let’s see what unfolds here. Let’s also see the disparity between arrests and long terms legal repercussions between rich techies and bohemians. My advice, if you’re poor WATCH OUT. If you are a successful, Silicon Valley tech “entrepreneur,” you’re probably fine.