Knott's Berry Farm will pay more than $13,000 by the end of the week to the city of Buena Park to reimburse it for police overtime and other costs incurred during the park's ill-fated Cinco de Mayo promotion.
"We've always reimbursed them for costs," park spokesman Bob Ochsner said. "The only difference is that this wasn't planned."
Thousands of teens ditched school May 5 to take advantage of Knott's 5-cent admission price.
By 10 a.m., about 32,000 people had jammed the park, prompting overwhelmed employees to close the gates. Scattered fights broke out among disgruntled would-be customers, and there were incidents of rock and bottle throwing. It took more than 200 police officers in riot gear to restore order.