Police blotter: Woman escorted from symphony after yelling “Boring!”


Police removed a woman from a symphony performance after she yelled “Boring!” and then refused to leave. The woman’s teenage daughter was one of the symphony’s musicians.

Also this week, a woman busted open her husband’s lip with a beer bottle, a woman got her leg trapped between two taxis and police were called to a rowdy Winslow bar twice in one night.

The blotter is below.


Nov. 26
Suspicious: Police were called to investigate a report of people under the Winslow ferry pier just before 11:30 p.m. Two Bainbridge women at the scene explained that they were beach surveyors who work with the University of Washington and Seattle Aquarium. They said they were taking advantage of an uncommonly low tide. Police told the women that Washington State Ferries and state and federal law enforcement agencies are concerned about ferry security. The women said they did not mean to cause any alarm and agreed to call WSF before surveying near the terminal.

Drunk: A 33-year-old Bainbridge man was found to be intoxicated and sleeping in a vehicle parked on Grow Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. The man explained he was too drunk to drive. An officer drove the man to his home.

Assault: A 57-year-old Bainbridge woman was arrested for throwing a beer bottle and striking her husband’s face at their Agate Point Road home just before 10 p.m. The couple had been arguing about family issues when the suspect threw the bottle a distance of about five feet and struck the victim’s mouth, causing his lower lip to bleed profusely. The victim told police the suspect tried to stop him from calling 911 and struck his chest with her hands. She was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard. The victim was taken to Harrison Hospital for treatment.

Nov. 25
Rowdy: A manager of the 122 bar on Winslow Way called police at 12:45 a.m. to assist with a crowd of customers who were upset that the bar was closing. At least two customers got into a argument and had to be separated by staff prior to the police’s arrival. At 1:20 a.m., police were called back to the bar for a noise complaint. A woman at the scene told police she had heard the group’s noise from her home, which is about two blocks away. Police told the group to quiet down and go home. The group immediately lowered their voices and told police they were waiting for taxis to pick them up.

Crash: A 48-year-old Bainbridge man suffered head injuries when his bicycle slipped on wet leaves and veered off Sunrise Drive just before noon. He was treated at the scene by medics.

Drunken driving: A 61-year-old Seattle man was arrested for drunken driving just after midnight at the Day Road-Highway 305 intersection. Police initially observed the suspect’s vehicle veering on the roadway, nearly striking three other vehicles. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Nov. 23
Injured: A 60-year-old Bainbridge woman’s leg was injured when a taxi backed up and pinned her leg against another taxi outside the Winslow ferry terminal just before 7 a.m. The driver, a Bainbridge resident, said he did not see the woman. She was taken to a Seattle hospital for treatment.

Nov. 22
Burglary: An Arrow Point Drive was burglarized during the afternoon. Missing items included $10 cash, a bottle of aspirin with codeine, a roll of toilet paper and one cigarette. Higher-value items, including a laptop computer and TV, were bypassed. It is believed entry was gained though an unlocked front door or window.

Nov. 20
Theft: Almost $1,000 worth of items were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Strawberry Lane sometime over the last two days. Missing items included a laptop computer, tablet computer and two text books.

Nov. 12
Disruptive: Police removed a Bainbridge woman from a symphony performance at Bainbridge Performing Arts on Madison Avenue just before 8:30 p.m. BPA staff had called police after the woman disturbed the performance, prompting numerous audience complaints. When confronted by BPA staff, the woman refused to leave. BPA’s executive director told police that the woman, whose teenage daughter was performing in the symphony, had yelled “Boring!” during the performance. The woman told police “that was how things were” between her and her daughter. She refused to leave, saying she wanted to listen and was worried her daughter would not return home. An officer repeatedly ordered the woman to leave before taking her by the arm and and walking her outside the building. The executive director told police the woman has a professional rivalry with the new conductor and does not believe the “boring” comment was directed at the daughter.

5 thoughts on “Police blotter: Woman escorted from symphony after yelling “Boring!”

  1. Why were we not provided with relevant details, such as the conductor’s name and rank, the musical piece being played, what movement was underway at the moment of the dissatisfied woman’s holler, and what instrument/chair the daughter was stationed? Was she specifically critiquing the daughter, expressing no confidence in the conductor, or lambasting the symphony generally? One can’t even “drum up” the slightest “note” of an opinion based upon the sketchy “tone” of this article or “conduct” a rational analysis without “key” elements of this incomplete “composition.”

  2. The lady who yelled “boring” is lucky nobody in the audience tried to strangle her. That is what we do around here lately when a fellow concert or movie goer misbehaves. Right?

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