Quoted from blueberryjohnson:
Oh, and the place operates on a time-based, unlimited-play system such that if there were no credits on the other machines they could just use their card to add some.
Hmmm read thru this "conversation", and hadn't even thought of that -- good point. What's the difference if they used the credits or credited up on their own time card? Regardless,
cornelius I see your side and don't see any reason to bully you, but my opinion is that you are in the wrong so I'll just state that. Pinball etiquette, regardless if your by yourself for hours or on time cards, etc. is to play a game until you're done and move to the next. (And of course try not to hog one machine forever if it seems like people are waiting). Any credits left are no longer yours.
It doesn't matter if you're the only person there, or the other game your playing is "right next" to the one open with credits you left. If you want to do what you did and you're alone, no problem but you should have zero expectation of maintaining any ownership over credits on a machine you are no longer actively engaged in playing should anyone else arrive wanting to play. And I've seen even pinsiders jump on games with credits in a middle of a game - no questions - if it's open and no one is playing it.
It could have been a nice gesture to ask you if they were your credits but most people wouldn't assume you'd been swapping games on all F them for hours racking up credits so you could play beyond your time limit... nice try on cheating the system LOL but you can't get pissed when someone comes in and inadvedantly squashes your plan