Many wonder why no one working security at Astroworld Fest did more to stop the show as the tragedy unfolded…and one guard says it’s because they were woefully unprepared.
Darius Williams was one of hundreds of people who were hired to provide security for the festival by a company called Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC)…which appears to have been hired by people who run NRG Park, or possibly by the promoters themselves.
In any case, Williams tells us he was hired just days before the festival started – and he claims his role was vague and poorly explained. In fact, the guy says he actually finished his training just a day before Astroworld Fest started – and he tells us he didn’t feel informed or trained enough for the task at hand.
As a result… Williams tells us he quit work entirely on the day he was supposed to work – because he was so uncomfortable with the incompetence he says he witnessed.
Here’s just a taste of what Williams says he and other guards went through (or rather didn’t) in order to pass CSC’s smell test for the gig. For starters, Williams tells us he and the others had to pass a Level 2 Security Officer licensing exam – but alleges the training for the test was brief and all the answers they needed were provided… via an open book and even from the instructor himself, who blurted out the answers.
Tired and hungry… Williams showed up for his first shift on Friday and says he immediately realized they were understaffed and not equipped to handle massive crowds. He says he took his concerns to the supervisors, and after they tried to move him from the front door to another role… the guy just threw his hands up and walked away because he felt that it wasn’t safe.
Williams claims other guards working that day also wanted to stand up and quit – but he didn’t stick around long enough to see if they did. BTW…he also tells us that there was hardly any security experience required to apply for this, as evidenced by the company’s own Jobs.
With that in mind, he says he doesn’t know what guard might have been. pricked with a needle – but adds that it is conceivable that something like this could happen due to the lackluster security measures.