(Topic ID: 189199)

Up-Down KC kicked me out : (


By brenna98

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I was traveling for work through Kansas City and a fellow pinsider recommended I stop by this place while I waited for him to get out of work.
So, I had about an hour to kill and I stoped by.
Walked to a guy in a chair that asked for id. Then stopped by the bar for a water before checking the place out. She handed me the water along with another cup with tokens and a wrist band.
It was then I realized I was there during some kind of corporate event... O, well. I figured I'm not there long and might as well see what it's like. Not every day I'm in KC.
Well, it took two games for them to realize I didn't belong.
The employees were very rude, called me a thief and told me to leave.
I tried to explain, but their ears were closed. (Maybe hard of hearing from the constant loud music there).
O well... I apologized and left.
I just think it sucks how it was handled.
All I know is, I won't be going to any up-down location in the future.

#2 2 years ago

You got mad because you crashed a party and got thrown out? You just need to learn to blend in better.

I was there a few months back and had a good time with some clients.

I almost got thrown out too though. I was slapping The side rail of the mmr to get a switch to recognize the ball and some yahoo yelled at me for a while.

#3 2 years ago

More like the Up-Tight! Check out the 403 club next time. It's not far from downtown and it caters more to pinheads.

#4 2 years ago

Most of the employees are great, they are just not pinball people. What time did you go up there? If it was a corporate event I'm guessing it was during off hours.

#5 2 years ago

Definitely much better places in KC to play. Next time, check out 403 club or Tapcade NKC. Both locations have 11, very nice and well maintained games with no duplicates, great beer selections, and much more pinball friendly crowds and staff.

#6 2 years ago

O well. I got to see it. Thanks for the suggestions for next time.

Honestly, they didn't have anything I don't already have or local friends have.
Plus, shortly after I visited a pinsider/friend that has 5x what up-down has (pinball wise) and in much better condition. So, it's all good.

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from brenna98:

O well. I got to see it. Thanks for the suggestions for next time.
Honestly, they didn't have anything I don't already have or local friends have.
Plus, shortly after I visited a pinsider/friend that has 5x what up-down has (pinball wise) and in much better condition. So, it's all good.

Does this friend's name start with a J or T?

#8 2 years ago

Jeff (mad maxdad)

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#9 2 years ago

Yeah honestly I'm not sure I get your complaint. You're mad that employees were rude when they found out you'd crashed a private event? When you started playing the tokens you knew you weren't entitled to, that's when you surrendered any right to complain about a lack of hospitality from the establishment.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from pezpunk:

Yeah honestly I'm not sure I get your complaint. You're mad that employees were rude when they found out you'd crashed a private event? When you started playing the tokens you knew you weren't entitled to, that's when you surrendered any right to complain about a lack of hospitality from the establishment.

Did they tell him it was closed to a corporate event though? If not they probably should have.

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#11 2 years ago
Quoted from Syco54645:

Did they tell him it was closed to a corporate event though? If not they probably should have.

I think the point in time at which OP realized it was a corporate event would have been the time he should have told someone he didn't belong and apologized profusely for accidentally crashing the party. Once it became intentional, then the OP became a thief and lucky not to have had the cops called.

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#12 2 years ago
Quoted from boustrophedonic:

then the OP became a thief and lucky not to have had the cops called.

Lol. Is this really how you think?? It's a public establishment. If they didn't want non-party guests in they need to do a better job of managing it. Calling the cops would have been an epic fail and only warranted if the OP became belligerent when asked to leave and refused. It's not the customer's responsibility to know what private events are going on at any particular location.

#14 2 years ago
Quoted from T-800:

Lol. Is this really how you think?? It's a public establishment.

Certainly if the OP refused to leave after being asked, yes the cops would be called, and OP would be arrested for trespassing. Just because a place is a public establishment doesn't mean you can do whatever you feel like.

And in my mind, no, it's not OK to take stuff that you know doesn't belong to you. Even if it's offered to you by mistake or incompetence.

#15 2 years ago
Quoted from boustrophedonic:

Certainly if the OP refused to leave after being asked

But he didn't refuse to leave... thus no reason to call the cops.

#16 2 years ago
Quoted from Black_Knight:

You got mad because you crashed a party and got thrown out? You just need to learn to blend in better.

#17 2 years ago

I agree with T-800, it could have a been a try it out night or something of the like. The business should of told him that when he walked in. He didn't steal anything, they gave him the coins without asking if he was with the group then they got pissed when they figured out they screwed up. Now I guess it is the smallest amount the op's fault for not asking why he got some free tokens but to be honest I would have done the exact same thing. I also agree calling the police would have been over kill for a simple misunderstanding.

#18 2 years ago

Better to get kicked out than kicked in the balls.

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

Better to get kicked out than kicked in the balls.

Some people pay extra for that.

#20 2 years ago

It was a mistake on both sides.
Them for letting me in without showing a company id (the MN license should have been a red flag to the door guy).
Then my fault for using 2 of their free (handed to me) tokens.
I figured, I'm here for only a few minutes just passing through; who's gonna care.

It's the way they handled the situation that wasn't very hospitable. They could have said, "hey if you're not part of this group, you can come back in an hour when its over". Instead they chose to make a seen of it and escorted me to the door.
In business, first impressions are everything. My first impression was not good, therefore I don't care to vist that business in the future.
I hear there are others I should have went and saw down the street.

#21 2 years ago

The place is OK, but they don't have any unique games, so you probably didn't miss out on too much. The only game that's worth traveling to Up Down for is Killer Queen. Sorry to hear they treated you poorly.

#22 2 years ago

I don't know anything about the KC location. But, the team they have at the Minneapolis shop are a good bunch of folks. This certainly doesn't seem like the way things are run here at all.

I forwarded your thread to one of the individuals involved with the ownership of the bar. Just so they were aware of your expierance.

Brian

#23 2 years ago

Thanks Brian. A local location would see me more frequently, so good to know there are good folks running it.

#24 2 years ago

brenna98 - I think it would have been funny if you made it "Rain" so to speak with the cup of coins as you left. That might have been police worthy but it would have also been very funny.

#25 2 years ago

I tried to hand them to the guy that held the door, but he wouldn't take them. He just pointed to the outside and said "no! Leave now!!" I apologized again and placed them on a picnic table on the patio.
I didn't need to make more of a seen than it already was.

#26 2 years ago

My only corporate party experience with pinball is being out in Vegas for CES and after the show my group went to PhoF and a huge corporate event was there with food trucks and alcohol out back. People from Oracle or whatever could not of been nicer gave us some coins to play the games, food, and alcohol. They knew we did not have a badge or invite and didn't care.

#27 2 years ago

Up/down in Des Moines is way to mellow for that. Very rarely are there door people ever.

#28 2 years ago

Just to clarify...you didn't go in there and look like a creeper or yell "you can't kick me out! I know my rights" or drunkenly scream "my next round is on you! Gophers to Rose Bowl b!tchez!"

Sorry to ask but you're from Minny so 50/50 shot something like the above happened. If you from Wisconsin - 90/10.

#29 2 years ago

Yeah KC updown has people IDing every person that enters. They don't allow anyone in that doesn't have ID, even if it's an obviously middle aged person.

Quoted from Hawkeyepin:

Up/down in Des Moines is way to mellow for that. Very rarely are there door people ever.

#30 2 years ago
Quoted from Hawkeyepin:

Just to clarify.

Nope. Just stopped for a quick look while I waited for a pinside friend to get out of work.
No alcohol or assholery involved. Just got of the car from a 5hr drive to KC.

Ok, I'll let this thread die now. I've said what I wanted to say.
I'll let others form their own opinions about the location.

#31 2 years ago

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#32 2 years ago

Next time you are in KC come by Knub's Pub or Pizza West. Jeff and I will make a concerted effort to be there ourselves to kick you out.

#33 2 years ago

Looks like they are coming to STL, and between Padavans, Two Plumbers, and a few others they will have a tough time if they have a bad attitude. It looks like the same owners as KC, which is a bummer, if the Minneapolis guys are cool.

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