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To be sick of people using "going to the races" as a reason to act like debauched idiots

42 replies

TeaCake5 · 30/07/2017 08:04

There was a popular race day near me yesterday and the behavior of people after it was disgusting. People drunk to unconscious state, blokes pissing everywhere, glass smashed, groups being chucked out of local pubs. All these people dressed in vulgar, "posh" (their intepretation) clothing. Everyone puffing on nasty candy e-cigs.

It's the same at and after many race meetings now. Just awful.

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Bedsettee · 30/07/2017 08:35

Was it Ladies day at Newcastle? Went once and never again due to the behaviour you've described.

TeaCake5 · 30/07/2017 08:44

bed yep!

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BoredOnMatLeave · 30/07/2017 09:37

YANBU. Ladies day is always the worst too Confused

TeaCake5 · 30/07/2017 09:42

Just seems to be a thing now. Go to the races and get mega pissed and spoil it for others. Same at Aintree etc

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JacquesHammer · 30/07/2017 09:44

Poor behaviour notwithstanding, yet another post with undertones of classism.

Interesting

TeaCake5 · 30/07/2017 09:44

And yes why is it ladies day that is worst for this type of behaviour?

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toriap2 · 30/07/2017 09:44

Yup! I live in York and avoid town on Race days and nights. It is awful seeing the behaviour of so called adults.

TheScottishPlay · 30/07/2017 09:47

It seems to have to happen everywhere. Did you see the footage of brawling men and bedraggled looking women crawling on their hands and knees?
Grim.

TeaCake5 · 30/07/2017 09:47

jacques when did I mention class? Seems to be you assuming what type of people they were.

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TheScottishPlay · 30/07/2017 09:47

*At Ascot

TitsalinaBumSquash · 30/07/2017 09:51

God yes op, I live very close to a famous race course and I hate getting on the train at 8am to find pissed up wankers acting like twats because of it.

specialsubject · 30/07/2017 09:51

Apparently a lot are drunk at Wimbledon, which is.why you get the stupid yelling . that's an expensive event. Race day tickets arent cheap either.

Drunk has no class boundaries.

fairgame84 · 30/07/2017 09:53

YANBU I live in Doncaster and the state of some of the racegoers is embarrassing.
Ladies day is by far the worst.

JacquesHammer · 30/07/2017 09:54

Teacake your use of vulgar for a start..... And "posh".

Plus you know. Not the first time is it

coldcanary · 30/07/2017 09:59

I can see how it happens. I went on my first race trip a few weeks ago and the assumption that everyone was there for the booze caught me by surprise. Meet at the pub and have a drink, onto the coach and have another one get there and it all got a little silly after the second race. Then coach back and some people had another drink.
It didn't make me want to go on another one tbh.

jay55 · 30/07/2017 10:02

During Cheltenham this year people were drinking Guinness on the train I commute on, at 7am. It was rank.

Sandsnake · 30/07/2017 10:05

I've only been once - it was Ascot. Lots of aggressively drunk people who were behaving apallingly. I've watched an awful lot of football in my time, including at some traditionally very 'rough' grounds and can genuinely say that Ascot was the most intimidated I've felt at a sporting fixture. I was really surprised and it put me off quite a lot.

Floellabumbags · 30/07/2017 10:15

I live fairly close to the racecourse in York and it's a pain in the arse. Local businesses don't benefit that much because the regular customers stay away, town becomes a no go area, people's homes and cars get vandalised.

Events like Pride involve just as much alcohol but none of the negatives of race day. I'd have Pride every weekend if we could.

namechange20050 · 30/07/2017 10:20

All classes attend the races. And proceed to get drunk and rowdy. I don't see how this is observation is classist.

coldcanary · 30/07/2017 10:24

Considering I spend much of the football season flitting between Spotland and Turf Moor and felt perfectly safer and happier (depending on the result!) in both places than I did at the race meet I'm not seeing how the OP is a comment on class either..

HarrietKettleWasHere · 30/07/2017 10:30

I was at Ascot yesterday.

You're allowed to take a bottle of wine/prosecco in with your picnic. We didn't drink till then but felt way behind a lot of others! Didn't see any 'bad' behaviour. They were selling bottles of prosecco for £35 so dunno how you'd afford to get drunk on that. We did get pretty pissed on wine though, I sold my umbrella for £20 and DP won £50 on a race.

Godstopper · 30/07/2017 10:35

Thought you were going to say York!

It's grim. They stagger down Mickelgate causing havoc afterwards. I no longer go near town on racedays and avoid travelling unless necessary (their behaviour continues in the train too). Thousands of mentally subnormal drunks are too much to handle!

Crumbs1 · 30/07/2017 10:35

Depends which enclosure you are in. Drink certainly features but it's the cheapest ticket holders who tend to overdress and act like drunken idiots.

fliptopbin · 30/07/2017 10:38

When I go into York on race day I dispair of the human race.

ivykaty44 · 30/07/2017 10:43

Crumbs is that because they can't actually afford to buy the alcohol to get drunk?

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