|Updated: 10/07 8:01 pm
||Published: 10/07 7:40 pm
The partial government shutdown has left national parks closed, but some park rangers have been turning a blind eye to people who are ignoring the signs that say, "All national parks are closed."
The barricades line the road leading to Haines Point. The signs at the monuments are pretty clear. "All National Parks are closed due to the Government Shutdown," but some people just don't understand. Maybe you could give some slack to the volleyball players. There's really no way to put out barricades closing down so much open space.
One volleyball player says, "It's a difficult situation, especially out here. It's such a beautiful day. Unseasonably warm for October, but it's a great day to come out and use the park ... and it's too bad we're not officially allowed to do it."
It's a $50 fine for violators, but tell that to a tourist who traveled all the way from Oregon to see the Martin Luther King Memorial.
Andre, a tourist visiting Washington, said, "Might be worth it, huh? If you spend... wait for your whole life to get here." She and her husband are going to try to avoid jumping over barricades or pushing them aside to see what they can see, but she's hopping mad. She says, "Those Republicans are being stupid and I think it's disgraceful and they should be ashamed of themselves."
The Corey Meadows family from Haynesville, La., was in town for a wedding. They really wanted to check out the MLK Memorial.
Meadows says, "Just see a back image of him, you know, just see him from behind, can't really see the front side of his face, can only see the back side of the statue."
We did bump into a couple of National Park Service rangers. We're told about 10 furloughed workers have been pressed back into service since Friday.
However, from the looks of it, they're casting a blind eye to all the people ignoring the signs that say everything is closed.