Pennsport Teens Buying Alcohol from Cornhole-Playing Men Under I-95

Teenagers in Pennsport are drinking on possibly dangerous piers on the Delaware River. Their parents are concerned — but also reasonably understanding.

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And now for another edition of Drunk, Out of Control Philadelphia Teenagers!

Last month at a Radio 104.5 block party show at the Piazza, some of the teenagers got rowdy! A neighbor saw drunk teens urinated all over her “entire” house; another said he filmed teens having sex out in the open. One person went to NBC 10, which filed a typical local news-style report.


If you ever need to know the difference between the people who live in Northern Liberties and the people who live in Pennsport, please refer to this story: When a parent in Pennsport saw a group of "between 100 and 150" teens drinking on one of the piers south of the Walmart in Pennsport, he didn't go to NBC 10. No, his story ended up on PlanPhilly, where Kellie Patrick Gates filed a decidedly un-local news-like report. And look how reasonable people in South Philly are!

“These kids aren't doing anything that you or I didn't do, or anybody else,” said Pennsport Civic Association President Jim Moylan. But, he said, they are doing it in a much more dangerous area than dark areas beneath I-95. And if someone got hurt, they are “thousands of yards away from civilization.”

This is about as nice as you can be when tattling on teenagers for, essentially, drinking in the woods.

It's not surprising teenagers are using abandoned piers to drink: There's not always much for teenagers to do — I doubt they play halfball anymore — and the piers at night are indeed thousands of yards away from civilization (Thousands of Yards away from Civilization is the title of my forthcoming essay collection; nobody steal it.) And, get this: The teens are getting beer from an organized collective of South Philly lawbreakers.

Based on conversations with his child and others, the parent said many of the teens are buying beer from a group of men who have established a weekend business of sorts beneath the I-95 ramp behind the Wawa. “They are getting the teenagers to give them twice as much as a quart would cost,” he said. In between customers, the men play hacky sack and corn hole (aka, bean bag toss). Some kids and other parents have told him that several local establishments are both selling to the men under I-95 knowing they will re-sell to minors, or selling to the minors directly without asking for ID.

This is even more South Philly than a flaming barrel. I can only imagine winning a game of cornhole is how one makes his bones in this crew.

Also, please note the parent is not only concerned with the illegal alcohol sales, but that the kids are getting ripped off. The parent interviewed by PlanPhilly — who grounded his son after finding out about the waterfront beer blasts — is left anonymous because "he fears his kids would face backlash from other teens over their dad trying to shut down their parties." This, I believe, is an anonymous sourcing we can all get behind.

Lest you think only TV stations can get results after teen drinking, the PlanPhilly article has already made real change: Police will patrol the spot where the Cornhole Mafia hangs out. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (which owns some of the piers) will do random patrols of the waterfront. The LCB has even been notified.

And Pennsport wins the award for Most Relatively Chill Parents in Philadelphia.

Previously: Teens Urinate on ‘Entire’ Northern Liberties Houses, Have Really Long Sex

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  • Flaming Barrel

    As a South Philly (Pennsport/Whitman) parent, I find this story rather offensive. I am one of the parents who brought this issue into the limelight by going to my local Councilman, who was on top of it immediately. I also reached out to other parents who were very concerned and also reported the issue at hand. I don’t see a reason to report a situation, that is being handled in our homes and in our own neighborhood, to the news. The “men” under I-95, that you are referring to, ARE NOT law-abiding citizens. They are drug addicts, and street people that sit outside of WAWA and harass people for money (that sounds like a City of Philadelphia Police issue to me). You make them sound like they are neighborhood people and this is their second job. I assure you the person from Northern Liberties that called the news, did not grow up around there.Northern Liberties =Transplants(aka hipsters). How dare you judge anyone’s parenting without knowing all of the facts.

    • Christy collins

      I couldn’t have said it better myself! As a parent of a 13 year old, I completely agree! The people selling the alcohol are junkies looking for a quick fix! I am extremely offended also!

    • AMD

      I am not a parent, but I totally agree with you! Those people are down by my house at Front and Jackson, and they leave dirty needles, beer bottles, carts full of trash, etc. all over under I-95. It is amazing, but not surprising, that the problem is constantly ignored when I see the Police driving around the neighborhood all the time.

  • Concerned Parent

    I totally agree!!! @Flaming Barrel Thanks to our Councilman’s (Kenney) Office!

  • SCF

    If you are “handling” in your home then why are our kids drinking on piers and corners? It is not city council’s job to raise our children! It is the parent’s responsibility. Know where your children are and what they are doing. This article is not offensive it is reality. Wake-up!!!

  • Flaming Barrel

    @SCF I believe by knowing my child WAS down there, putting an end to it, and contacting other parents, I AM parenting . It isn’t city council’s job to raise anyone’s children but it is their job to make sure access to the pier is blocked and patrolled before someone ends up hurt or dead. Like I said they were on top of the issue. Because I did “handle” this issue in my “OWN” home, my child has not been down there. In the future, I would like to make sure other people’s children aren’t able to go there. That my friend, is responsible parenting.The article is insinuating that South Philly parents aren’t concerned with their children drinking. I find that offensive because it is untrue. I believe by handling this situation privately and publicly makes me WIDE AWAKE.

  • Concerned Parent

    @SCF #1 – I’m thanking the Councilman because as soon as I found out that our neighborhood children where going there we called him immediately to have that area secured so OUR children couldn’t access it. #2 You either don’t have children or live in a fantasy world where ALL children do not test the boundaries of their parents. WE went down there ourselves to survey the area and told the parents of the children so they were aware of what was going on, then weeeeeeee went to OUR COUNCILMAN for help, which we received. SO do me a favor don’t judge until you know the facts otherwise it’s just an opinion and you know what the old saying about those.

  • Bill Pluta

    When I was young + dumb, we stood on a street corner + drank a few quarts of beer. ( there are no quarts anymore, only 40′s). What these young people are doing is definately unsafe !! Even though it’s illegal, I’d rather see them doing it where help is available. I’ve done some wildly insane things, but today I’ve been sober for 7.5 yrs. + have no desire to re-visit my past. Listen up you guys….hear what’s being told to you. I didn’t and had a life of hell that I made for myself !!! If you’re gonna drink, please do it safely ! Whether you realize it or not, you have people in your lives that love + care for you !!! May God bless all involved + may life give you the best that it has to offer !!!! A former young drinking So.Philly guy !!!

  • Dr. James Moylan

    So, you steal someone else’s article, make snarky comments and think you are a journalist?!! This is the most lame attempt at pretending to be significant, I’ve ever seen!!! You are a true embarrassment.

    • Donald Sterling

      This is typical as of late for most writers aka “reporters” aka “journalists” on this site
      The biggest offender is Joel Mathis. Viktor Fiorillo also has fallen into the trap.
      This time, McQuade has picked up on this sloppy and lazy habit
      He is such a good writer but here has merely stolen the work of others.
      Shameful

  • Charliefoxtrot

    Best headline ever.