As a IRT member, I do have to say we pretty much get stuck with a lot a stuff that's unnecessary. A lot of people don't understand us.
Myself, I try to be cordial. However, there are those people who deliberately provoke us as well. I'm not saying it's an excuse, but after a whole day of getting yelled at by people who think it's ok to carry around weapons or run and block medical emergencies, even the best of us can lose our tempers and use "colorful" words. Also, in case people didn't know, there was 16,000 people who registered for con. We had 140 people on IRT staff. That means, for every 1100 con-goes or so, there is 1 IRT member. We have to deal with enormous pressure.
For those of you who were treated, or through they were treated unfairly, I do apologize. But I'd have to say, in most of the cases, there was a good reason. For
who's BF had issues. As much as our staffer let him out, he should realize that with how many people are there, and with the measure we might need to take, he might not have been able to get back into the line. And he should have at least taken his cell phone in case of problems. As for the police, we would not have been accountable cause you were holding the property. We were not preventing you from doing anything.
on the other end, the staffer should have compromised and dealt with the problem accordingly and not block him out completely. He could have had someone escort him to find you. So on behalf of the staff, for that part I do say I'm sorry. Now the thing is, going to hotel staffers to sneak you in can cause issues. So please, in the future, find a staffer you can reason with. I'll be more than happy to help you.
For those who had programming issues. Unfortunately, we at IRT are told very little when the programming staff, which is a different division, changes things on us. So for those of you who needed to find the Sofitel for the programming, we were not told until the very last minute. As for the Skyway being closed at a certain time, it was due to safety reasons and to close down certain parts of programming. It was reopened up later. It was just bad timing.
For the prop rule, we try to enforce it as much as we can, however, we cannot be everywhere and if people also hide from us and we don't see it, we can't do much about it. Also, if we have a issue that is a lot more serious than a prop, the props are on hold.
The masquerade was a little difficult this year as they posted the wrong times online and wanted us last minute to break the tickets into shifts. As I said, we get told very little. Props are usually not allowed. Please remember that for next year. As a cosplayer myself, I would rather not have someone's hard work broken from the crowd or for those waving it around, accidentally hitting someone.
Now as for myself, I did lose my cool a couple of times. Especially during line control outside. However folks, making sure that you have a clear walkways to stand on or go by on is our job. This way, you are not in danger of getting hit. However, I did have to yell and confront several people, especially when I warn someone 3-4 times. So if I was curt, I do apologize but remember, your safety comes first.
Finally, for those who I really was curt with regarding live steel and giving me problems. I will be upfront with you if you think that just cause you didn't read the rules and accepted the agreements, that I will be lenient. You are NOT allowed to have live steel on the floor period. If you want me to show you where is says it, read the rules on props. I love swords as much as the next guy,but even when I was on shift, I took of pocket knives just in case. Anything hardened metal that can be used as a weapon is not allow. Mainly swords. If you get uppity with us and plan to not to hand it over to us while we escort you to safely stow it, then you may deal with the Rosemont Police who will confiscate it and you will have to go down to the station to plead your case.
In closing, for those who I could help, I am very glad you found what you were looking for. Hopefully. I did try and have a map with me at all times in my little clipboard. For those I couldn't help, I'm sorry and I hope that there won't be too many changes to the schedule. I hope that many of you will return next year.
jsieczkar, on May 21 2008, 11:44 AM, said:
What Crowd flow
Where sky walk tunnels
How The tunnels backed up really bad at times, mostly with people stoping to look out windows or to take pictures. It would be nice if IRT could make rounds and try and get people moving. This my be difficult to do because of staffing, but the area that should be looked at the closest is the area from parking and hotels to the CC. I saw several non-Acen guests being held up including an elderly couple with a wheelchair not able to get by.
Thank you very much for your observation and suggestion.
I personally will bring this up next time at the meetings.