After 2 Party Bus Incidents, Some Questions

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two teens are now in the hospital after they got stabbed minutes after getting off a bus.

The stabbing happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Bass Lake Road and Xerxes Avenue in Brooklyn Center.

Police are checking surveillance tape to see if they can find the person responsible. The teens are recovering at North Memorial.

This is the second incident involving a party bus in the last week. Two people were arrested last Friday, also in Brooklyn Center, after a fight broke out on another party bus.

With party buses becoming more popular, WCCO-TV wondered about rules and regulations.

Bob Lind’s father started Minnesota Party Bus more than 30 years ago. He says after a shift in regulation from state to federal about a decade ago, the market has become saturated.

Lind says as a result it’s harder now for consumers to find the companies who adhere more strictly to the rules.

“There’s just so many companies out there, they can’t keep up with them,” he said. “They’re popping up left and right.”

Lind says when the state of Minnesota used to regulate the limo bus industry near a decade ago, it was virtually impossible to just start up a bus company.

It’s a different story now.

“As long as you abide by the regulations, anybody can own a party bus company just like anybody can own a construction company,” Lind said.

The regulations are determined by the US Department of Transportation. Lind says regulations include insurance, drug and alcohol testing for all the drivers, and a valid license.

As for Minnesota Party Bus’ policy on underage drinking, they say they keep strict communication with parents and make the rules known up front.

“If something goes wrong, [the drivers] have the authority to call 911 right away,” Lind said.

He tells all his drivers to feel out the situation before letting groups on the bus — something he says he doesn’t believe is an industry standard.

“If you can’t tell there’s going to be problems when you pick this group up at the beginning of the night, then you shouldn’t be in this business,” Lind said.

At the end of the day, he says the reason to choose a party bus in the first place is because of safety.

“It’s about the people having a safe night out and getting home safe,” Lind said.

WCCO-TV called the two party bus companies involved in last week’s and Saturday’s incidents. The owner of Midnight Madness Party Bus, the bus transporting the two men arrested last week, wants people to know immediately after the incident, everybody on the bus was forced to find their own ride home.

Our calls weren’t returned from Black and White Rental Bus.

  • Sonjay

    I think it’s probably the GHETTONESS that is Brooklyn Center not party buses. If these buses stopped in North Minneapolis they would have also been shot.

  • Terrallax

    I own party buses no one will ever find!

  • Tasia

    Honestly, I don’t see how either incident is the party bus company’s fault. Nobody cared about the regulations up until a week ago when two incidents happened around the same time. And what? People get stabbed in downtown Minneapolis all the time. Does this mean we should re-think the regulations on all clubs, office buildings, sidewalks and alleyways in downtown as well? There is only so much a state and country can do, the rest is out of our hands. I pray that the two teens’ recoveries go well and that they are back on their feet quickly, but let’s not blow this out of proportion.

    • Pat

      I agree with you 100%. These buses are actually saving a lot of peoples lives or even just one life, if none of these passengers are out on the road driving drunk. But it is up to the individual if they are going to be stupid or not and how it sounds like in both instances that it was the people who were being stupid and not the company or driver. But if there was alcohol involved which neither story has even mentioned it, then yeah its the driver and the companies fault if there were under age people on that bus and they were drinking or drunk at the time. The driver has the right to tell the passengers if they are drunk and under age to deny them onto the bus and or to kick them off of the bus. I don’t think there is a law out there saying that they would be in the wrong for kicking them off of the bus or not allowing them onto the bus if they are underage and drunk? With all of the party buses out there and that run on a daily basis, these are the only two problems and people are trying to shut them all down, that is way overboard, considering the odds are really low of this happening in the first place. Just find out who did stabbed these people and arrest them and move on.

  • Angel

    Tasia hit it all right on the nose, i agree with all that she said, This isnt the party bus owners problem of what happened. People too are responsitble for their own actions, and there is only so much one person can do, His job is to get them from A- B safely, and just think these party buses, have got to be helping the police out some too, less DWIs, everyone can have a good time, What they the people do on these buses isnt the drivers fault, People get stabbed all the time with out being on a party bus.

    • Amy Senser'

      And ,,, good news for them, make it GREAT news, they are not walking somewhere and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, well, I just don’t always see things and I know I am not alone on this, am I ??? ,,,, they could be injured far worse, like dead, if they using their feet that God gave them.
      Really – walking is not safe. It is a horrible thing to do
      cheers and more cheers
      chug up

      • Sonjay

        You keep forgetting we have Asian highway cones!

  • Bob from S MN

    Well they are teens. They were not suppose to be drinking, if they were on a party bus where did they come from ? Was there drinking allowed on the bus?? If so then the owner of the bus involved should be in trouble as there were teens on this bus.f the driver allowed drinking then he/she should be in trouble for allowing open container. The bus should be no different then a personal car.

    • John

      It’s known that the drivers will turn a blind eye on underage drinking for the right price. As long they keep it on the down low, then they wont get in trouble because they had “no clue” it was going on.

      It’s like sneaking alcohol to the theater under your coat….

    • jackactionhero

      The bus driver is not a bar bouncer checking IDs at the door. That is not their responsibility.

      Also party buses are not subject to the open container rule. It seems you don’t know what you’re talking about, Bob…

  • altavista

    Just one more thing that is out of control. I’m tired of busnesses like this. Who wouldn’t expect to have problems? This is an incomplete story. Were these kids HS students? No one who is a teen is supposed to be drinking.

    • jackactionhero

      Not without a parent anyway. I don’t have a problem with my teenagers having a sip of beer at home. My grandma came over from Germany in 1945 and beer is part of life. Consuming it until drunkenness is not. Get rid of the mystery and your kids won’t run off to binge drink and pass out in a ditch.

  • SK

    If up to me every bar and all alcohol would be illegal. Solves that problem

    • Lagerhops

      and dancing would be forbidden and all would be required to listen to fire and brimstone sermons by the Reverend Santorum himself.

    • Pat

      That can’t happen, congress members wouldn’t be able to get drunk and go out and drive and kill people and then only have their hand slapped for doing it. Governor of Dakota and T. Kennedy for example. Besides we all saw what happened in the prohibition and now with all other illegal drugs, the cartels would become even more stronger and we would waste even more tax payers dollars on trying to stop it. So just legalize it all and get tax money that way and the cartels and dealers would be out of business and less crime in the long run, give or take a few years of idiots taking themselves out.

    • Capone

      Never made it to a history class eh?

  • Brett

    I have some questions. #1, why are TEENS on a “party bus”? If “party buses” are to help keep drunks off the road, and since teens can’t legally drink, what do teens need party buses for? To start riots at the MOA? I think that it is time that these “party bus drivers” carry metal detector wands, so these teens can’t bring any metal weapons on board. These injured teens were very lucky. A person who really knows how to use a knife would plant these victims in the ground, no problem.

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  • RIII

    We need to ban knifes for the children. Only police should be allowed to carry kniifes bla bla bla…

    • Geezer

      Knives maybe????

  • common sense

    Here’s one…How about if there is under age drinking going on in the bus then the person who RENTED the bus should be held accountable for “contributing to the deliquency…” I used to drive buses and it’s basically impossable to keep an eye on what’s going on behind you in the bus and also keeping an eye out for traffic and where you’re going. Make these people montior themselves. Check ID”S when they get on and if they have 1 person under 21 then NO alcohol allowed on the bus. If they sneak it on then everyone finds their own way home. It’s just a matter of these bus companies changing a couple of rules then they are covered. Now in a situation of a fight, same thing. Everyone finds their own way home. There’s a point when you’re having fun while drinking and then there’s a point when people become idiots.

    • Amy Senser'

      A winner we have.
      nice job common sense. Oh wait – the parents will have no part of this? Okay … they win

  • Rufus Larkin

    It must be that in this economy these companies living on the edge and realize that operating childish shenannigans party bus is one way to make profit.

  • Richard Cheese

    I have a party bus, in my pants. Wanna ride????????????

  • Tarts and *arts

    how many lil’ bastids do you think were created after the ride?
    What color they be?
    They gonna have a daddy?
    They gonna have a chance?
    just wondering aloud

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