Over the weekend a new tactic was introduced in areas hardest hit by recent rioting. In the pre-dawn hours Saturday, hundreds of National Guard troops moved hot tubs and portable grills into strategic locations throughout the city.
As the first light of day came, the troops were preparing hot dogs and hamburger patties for the long day ahead. Residents and protestors were greeted with the smell of cooking with just a hint of chlorine from the frothy hot tubs encouraging them to come partake.
Where the city streets had been a chaotic often frightening scene just hours before, the stage was now set for peaceful relaxation.
Through out the day, guard troops fed the public and provided towels for the bathers. Politicians began lining up to take credit for restoring order and insurance company’s brought in more food to supplement the event.
Overall peace spread throughout the city. A stage was set up in the business district and entertainment brought in as day turned to night. Jazz musicians played, and people danced in the streets. Later as the evening went on, the National Guard turned on the lights in the hot tubs and stood by with more towels to accommodate the exhausted revelers.
One city official commented that such treatment of the rioters was unprecedented but all things considered less expensive then just allowing the heated emotions to run their course.