Quoted from Colehvac1:
This thread should be closed by the mods, this is the type of crap that needs to end here on pinside. There is nothing productive that can come of this thread . Ivan hope to see you at pintastic, drinks are on me. Thanks for the great show, I will be there next year, already counting the days, and tuning the machines.
While I agree that the thread has certainly gotten off course -- I completely disagree with YOUR call to the ops to close this thread because "nothing productive that can come of it".
There IS something positive that can and HAS come from this discussion.
Ivan (who I do not know personally) was made aware of this situation. It has sparked discussions on improving the organization, management, and security of pins in the freeplay area of the show next year.
It should not have been necessary for Cougtv to act in the capacity as the "pin gestapo" - this situation can be easily avoided in the future with a few simple changes to managing expectations and rules of operations.
Specifically -- Communicate the expectations in writing on sign up that:
1. Machine serial numbers should be recorded on all show signups & paperwork for positive identification.
2. Machines are not to be shut down in free play until the fee is paid.
3. No Pins may leave the show at any time without a Neon colored sticker/receipt/whatever identifying the owner, title, and serial number.
4. Show security should be placed at ALL doors to ensure that people leaving with pins are authorized to do so.
5. Using a receipt/sticker/whatever will also improve the security of pins leaving the show.
6. Dealers also need to provide the Neon sticker/receipt/whatever with serials to the persons who have purchased pins from them to allow them to leave.
Cougtv apologized about how he came off and I appreciated hearing about his show experience from HIS perspective. I genuinely hope that he does not quit generously volunteering his time to the community as a result of how he was treated by many of the free play participants. Having also volunteered my time at pin events, I appreciate the generosity of those involved in making the show a success. As Beezle mentioned earlier - cougtv is a good guy - it sounds like he was just put in an impossible situation and I just happened to be the last person he dealt with on Saturday after a LONG couple of days of people abusing him, telling him to F-Off, and being generally rude to him.
I am changing the title of the post and leaving it up to Ivan whether he believes the thread should be closed or if further discussion is beneficial.