In a scathing new report, Clevescene.com has called local tourist attraction Put-in-Bay…. “Roofie Island”
Roofie Island: A Summer of Reported Druggings and Rapes on Put-in-Bay, Lake Erie’s Party Destination
Written by Doug Brown
It’s noon on Thursday and Put-In-Bay is being invaded with bachelor and bachelorette parties and folks looking to spin away from regular life with a little help from the bottle. It’s about to be Christmas in July — the island’s busiest weekend — and the hordes are starting to arrive for a few days of good drinking.
Four 20-something guys from western Michigan just stepped off the ferry and on to Put-In-Bay for the first time, heading down the tiny island’s bar-lined main street. They’re following their buddy to the hotel where they’ll all jam into one room to sleep — pass out, really — for the next three nights. Each guy lugs the essentials: two of them have Busch Light cases resting on top of their rolling suitcases, one’s carrying a Coors Light case by the flimsy cardboard handle, another’s hauling a big red cooler.
“It’s that asshole in the blue’s bachelor party,” jokes one of them, pointing to the guy across the street.
When asked what their plans are, he responds, “You’re looking at them.” The group laughs, eyeing the booze. “We’re going to make some bad decisions.”
They might be chatty later, but right now they don’t feel much like talking to a writer. “I’m sober right now, so there’s a problem,” says the guy with the chinstrap beard.
Minutes later, three late-20-something women from Pittsburgh are standing at the same spot on the bustling street, also first timers here. They’re lost — sunglasses and sandals on, bags around their shoulders, suitcases and booze in hand — unsuccessfully trying to locate the hotel they booked months ago so they can kick off the weekend.
“We heard about Put-In-Bay from other people who like to drink a lot,” jokes Kristen, explaining they have no idea what Christmas in July really entails, but it’s why they’re here for the next three days. The ends of a beer bong are popping out of her duffle bag, but she doesn’t seem to mind.
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