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They Used The Please Force For Security

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They called the festival “three days of peace and music,” but the organizers knew that they would have to find some way of controlling unruly elements. However, they didn’t feel like uniformed police would be a good idea, and they decided against having teams of off-duty cops.

Instead, they decided to have the site policed with a team from Hog Farm, a Californian hippie commune that was led by Wavy Gravy. They were called the Please Force, and instead of stun guns and handcuffs, they threatened to douse them with soda water or throw custard pies at them.