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Viewpoint / Letters : The 24-Man Roster and the 2-Person Box Office

June 21, 1986

Recently, I made my dreaded monthly (roughly) trek to the Dodger box office on my lunch hour. Dreaded because the round trip usually leaves me about 15-20 minutes to wolf down my lunch. This time, however, my waiting time in line was tripled. I noticed that the box office was operating with only two people. Normally, there are three. I asked why, expecting to find that for some reason beyond the Dodgers' control, one person didn't come in. Instead I was told that they were "cutting back."

Cutting back? Why is this otherwise fine organization, which, last I heard was running on a par with yet another 3 million-plus attendance season, cutting back? And, for God's sake, why at the box office?

Doesn't anyone in the organization realize that if the Dodgers cut back in their services to the public that, sooner or later, the public is going to cut back on them?

The next time I go to the box office only to be greeted by a 25-minute-plus line, I won't stop. I'll keep driving to a video store, rent a movie and keep my headaches to a minimum.

RICHARD BONNET

Altadena

A spokesman in the Dodger ticket office said the department is not cutting back. Ticket window personnel are deployed according to long-established customer buying patterns and there is some reduction when the team is out of town and during other slow periods.

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