When Scottsdale as Snottsdale goes too far: Baby left in car, Paris Hilton dog taken along & Nancy Grace goes bonkers
A while back, I wrote a story about Scottsdale being branded Snottsdale by some put-off visitors and newspapers. I argued that the City Council should embrace this reputation rather than feign outrage over it.
After all, high-end golfers don’t seem to mind attractive women who love plastic surgery, drinking and jumping into hot tubs. Or an atmosphere where the caviar rolls.
Well, it turns out there’s an exception to this Scottsdale as Snottsdale paradise.
Not with the golfers. With the women.
If you’re a mom, you might need a smidge more perspective. You probably don’t want to leave your 2-year-old son in your BMW while you bring your little Paris Hilton dog into Neiman Marcus.
That’s what Gardenia Zakrzewski Johansson did last week, setting off a firestorm that reached all the way to sleepy Christmas season Myrtle Beach. I had golfers asking me about in the middle of rounds.
Court TV’s blithering crusader Nancy Grace devoted hours and hours to the story, night after night.
And Scottsdale’s city leaders thought they had an image problem because of a reality TV show nobody watched called Slut Club, er Book Club?
Johannson - who happens to be a schoolteacher - threw her car keys to the valet at the Fashion Square Mall and casually informed him that her baby was in the backseat, according to news reports. When the stunned valet went over to the car and saw the child in the backseat, he eventually called the police.
The story gets better though. When Johannson returned to her car and found the cops waiting for her, she reportedly asked one of them to go back into Neiman Marcus and retrieve her presents from gift wrap. She also didn’t see what the big deal was as she planned to tip the valets extra for their impromptu forced babysitting.
See people in Snottsdale aren’t cheap!
OK, so maybe you don’t want your mom to be from Scottsdale. But the golf and nightlife are fabulous. And Fashion Square Mall is top of the line. Except for its lame movie theater.
And apparently valets who could use some customer service training.
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