Gone Too Far? Montana Cafe Rumored to Have Yellowstone Death Pool
Have you ever heard of a "death pool?" No, I'm not talking about the chimichanga-loving Marvel superhero. I'm talking about people betting on someone dying. For example: If you were betting on Queen Elizabeth dying last Fall, you probably got a piece of some underground death pool.
But it doesn't always have to be just death. I have seen people in the office bet on how long "the new guy" was going to last before quitting. Regardless it is a wager on whether or not something will happen.
A comment was recently brought up on Reddit when discussing the number of dumb tourists approaching animals and boiling hot water in Yellowstone National Park. And which place foreigners should avoid when in America.
I visited Montana. There was a coffee shop in a little town by the entrance to Yellowstone that had a death pool for when the next tourist would die by either going off the trail to be boiled alive in the hot springs or trying to pet a bear/buffalo. You gave a dollar and predicted the day. If someone died on your day you won the pot.
As dark as it might be, it is a reality in Yellowstone National Park. Especially lately. It seems that many tourists do not respect nature. They think that the park is just one giant "drive-thru safari." When in reality, they are vacationing in one of the most dangerous places in the world. I mean you are strolling around on top of a giant super volcano for crying out loud.
We tried to research where this Montana coffee shop may be located, but haven't found one yet. If it is true, some commentators are appalled by the thought of a business joking about people dying. While others feel that it is one way to spread awareness of how dangerous the park can be. Possibly preventing someone from doing something stupid. Much like the safety signs you see at a factory job. You know, the ones that say "It has been 11 days since someone was injured?"
What do you think?