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#1 User is offline   acenjedi 

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Post icon  Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:14 AM

Back in 2008, in July, I received an extremely inappropriate message from IRT member Jeremy Lawrence Smith on facebook regarding the former head of security. (I refuse to repeat the message, because of the content involved) Other IRT members told me to go to Michael Flynn to complain about the message. On July 27th, around 3:18pm, Michael Flynn sent me a message saying that he did not care about the situation. He called it "childish crap", he told me not to bother him with the complaint, and then he verbally threatened me with a warning. (This was no mistake or accident) I was offended, insulted, and I was pretty much told to f$%# off in a sense. I was forced to get in touch with the board of directors for M.A.P.S., because of the way I was treated. After this, IRT members told me that there were a lot of changes made, and that the people involved in this incident were no longer on IRT staff. (I did not want to come to Acen if I had known that they were still here.) Guess what? They're still here on IRT.

I've already registered my complaint about Jeremy Lawrence Smith with con ops. When I asked why the people involved in this incident were still here, I was told that IRT staff has a "forgiveness policy". When someone on IRT staff screws up, and they admit that they screwed up, they say "I'm sorry". Then they're "forgiven" and are offered a second chance. Upon being given a second chance, they can perform the exact same mistakes that they made before, or they can look for you at the con & find ways to make your life miserable/uncomfortable. If you have trouble at the con, regardless of if it's an isolated incident, the IRT members you complain about will abuse their authority by attempting to revoke your badge & they will kick you out of the convention permanently.

This was more than just a simple "screw up". The people involved should have been ejected from IRT immediately. One of the people involved in this incident who was given a second chance, who I obviously did not want to speak to, actually shouted hello to me in an extremely snotty tone across a crowded room. (This happened yesterday at the con) Because these people were not ejected from IRT, I have no intention of ever coming back to this convention until certain staff members, certain policies, and specific procedures are changed.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:19 AM

Ok, I'm not sure why that posted as three completely different topics in the forums. I only hit the "post topic" button once... 0_o

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:35 AM

O.O I was standing in line for U.G. and asked an IRT if we could bring bags in. Said to me "thats a good question".....I knew that we couldnt because of the rules listed, but i would of at least thought they would of known. Im not complaining. Just wanted to say it out there.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 12:02 PM

IRT told my boyfriend that he couldn't blade inside the convention center (He was Ikki from airGear). Nowhere on the site does it say that.

Not really a complaint, but it was irritating.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 02:48 PM

View PostRizu, on May 10 2009, 01:02 PM, said:

IRT told my boyfriend that he couldn't blade inside the convention center (He was Ikki from airGear). Nowhere on the site does it say that.

Not really a complaint, but it was irritating.

That is a hotel rule and has nothing to do with IRT.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 06:58 PM

View PostRizu, on May 10 2009, 01:02 PM, said:

IRT told my boyfriend that he couldn't blade inside the convention center (He was Ikki from airGear). Nowhere on the site does it say that.

Not really a complaint, but it was irritating.


Why would there be any possible reason to rollerblade inside the convention center? Do you know how many people are in the convention center? Bumping into people would be inevitable, even if you are a good skater. There are enough ambulances come to the con already @.@

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:05 PM

During the rave for soap me and a bunch of others went to walk out for a second to answer our phones and stuff. An IRT said we cant go through that door, and we were leaving through the back. We asked, "What door should we go through" He replied I dont know its not my job.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:08 PM

There was a short red haired IRT woman who 3 times total yelled at my girlfriend to change her cosplay outfit because it was according to her; "against rules" and "showed too much"/"too revealing".

The first two times was when she was dressed as Felicia from Darkstalkers, which the costume itself covered more of her body than a normal bikini would, and there were many cosplayers out on the con who were wearing less than this.
The third time was when she was dressed as one of the puma twins from Dominion Tank Police, which in fact she was wearing a dance tights/body suits which generally reveal nothing at all except maybe the cleavage area.

None of her costumes broke the rules, she peace bonded all her weapons, followed the size rules, safety rules, and all rules concerning revealing costumes.

No police officers or hotel staff made any complaints to my girlfriend.
No other IRT member made any complaints or orders to my girlfriend to change her cosplay outfit at all, only her. It made her feel like she was being singled out by this woman and feel bad, when in fact she had not broken any rules.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:10 PM

View PostMaha, on May 10 2009, 08:05 PM, said:

During the rave for soap me and a bunch of others went to walk out for a second to answer our phones and stuff. An IRT said we cant go through that door, and we were leaving through the back. We asked, "What door should we go through" He replied I dont know its not my job.


Wow that is extremely rude. If he didnt know he should have said so instead of saying that...thats extremely unprofessional and just rude to begin with. You should have written down his name. They are there to help and being rude like that does not help anyone. Next time be sure to get their name.


@j1n, for you as well, I would have gotten their name so you could report them and get down to what happened. Just saying what they look like doesnt help that much because of the large amount of IRT staff. If I was in that situation I would have asked her for another IRT member's opinion on that if she was following the rules. I truly apologize she was treated like that..even when it isnt my department. I just feel that everyone should be allowed to have a good time and when people are indeed following the rules, they should be harassed for it.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:13 PM

Alright I will thanks.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:30 PM

Just a note for everyone, because this is valuable feedback:

Every IRT member you encounter should have a con badge, as well as a orange-on-black nametape with their "Callsign." For example, my con badge and my nametape will list my callsign (Gypsy.) If someone is being rude to you, make note of that name, and after your interaction is finished go to the IRT pen and report that officer. Any IRT operative can give you directions to the pen, it's where prop check is located. If you speak to someone in the pen, your concern will be addressed. The more information you can bring (when/where did it happen, who else was there, etc) the more helpful it will be to resolve the issue. And while you'll have no trouble finding someone to agree that you shouldn't have to deal with that sort of hassle at a con (and hopefully won't have to), your input will help to make the con a friendlier and more efficient place for everyone else.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:35 PM

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being yelled at to get on the sidewalk when they had the soapbubble in a massive cluddered line taking up the whole sidewalk. then when i did get on the sidewalk, some guy tried to get me to go to the back of the line, and i was just trying to get to the hotel.

that irt was on top of the yuri and yaoi paddle rule, but i saw girls with closes so tight or so short i could see everything except for there "inner selves" on display, walking around with out being told anything. the smut level this year was unreal... and i'm a perv, so thats saying alot!

irt having no clue what the photo shoot locations are called.

people talking about how many re****s there are here, and how thats going to make there jobs hard. like there was no con goers in the elevator with them.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:39 PM

it's weird, the IRT are always different sides, either they are super nice or crazy rude. there is no need to yell the same thing at us a million times, we're right here... <_<

we were told we had to walk all the way around the hyatt elevators (ok, it's not a far walk) to go down to the game room, because 3 girls were sitting on the ground, the IRT told us to go around, that we couldn't even pass, even though there was clearly enough room...
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 07:51 PM

View PostKasin, on May 10 2009, 07:35 PM, said:

irt having no clue what the photo shoot locations are called.


Irt is there to make sure things run smoothly, they aren't information kiosk's.. If you need something found theres always the info booths.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:01 PM

View Postluffy, on May 10 2009, 08:51 PM, said:

Irt is there to make sure things run smoothly, they aren't information kiosk's.. If you need something found theres always the info booths.
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true, but the only information desks are in the rosemont, but if they put one in the hyatt.... also if irt doesn't know the locations, how do they know where to go so they can run thing smoothly?

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:21 PM

View PostKasin, on May 11 2009, 02:01 AM, said:

true, but the only information desks are in the rosemont, but if they put one in the hyatt.... also if irt doesn't know the locations, how do they know where to go so they can run thing smoothly?

Irt knows locations like grand ballroom or general areas in the hotels and convention center. But events and photo shoot, we may not know were they are or what time they start at the con. That is why we give out a program book and have information booths in the Rosemont and the Hyatt ( The hyatt booth was by the grand ballroom under the sign "Convention Reg")

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:26 PM

There was one in the main hotel. floor plans 'grand ballroom registration check' was the information spot. :ph34r:

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:28 PM

oh, no, no no.

not times and where. i mean locations.

like if some one asked "where is the sky dome" like my friend did. which is where irt and every one was at. i would expect an answer or even a finger pointing to the right direction. not a idk and a walk away.

i know they cant know all that other stuff

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There was one in the main hotel. floor plans 'grand ballroom registration check' was the information spot. :ph34r:



didn't say info desk.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:31 PM

on the map that is...idk about the desk since i wasn't involved in the ballroom stuff.

but if it said convention reg or according to the pic ballroom reg. doesn't say much for answering questions. i would go to registration with a question about where to go.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:34 PM

Regarding the pre-soap bubble crowd:

The IRT handled this entire situation HORRIBLY, as they do every year. This year, though, was particularly terrible. My friends and I were waiting, completely out of the way of the con-walkers, against the walls of the ballroom hallway. We had been there about 5 hours in advance. We were forced to move not once, not twice, but THREE times to different locations, until the entire crowd waiting to get in line was shoved into the hotel lobby, sending us into a giant crowd with barely any moving space, and thusly blocking off much of the space that people needed (those who were not going to the rave). Okay, that's pretty ridiculous on its own, but being that their excuse was this:

"We want the advanced costumers (from the masquerade) to have room to go through the hall and back to their rooms"

and then they let people run past them and take pictures, meanwhile holding up said line of cosplayers....Yeah, that is just completely unfair and asanine. We ended up around the middle of the line, luckily not outside in the cold, but even if we were still first in line,it's the principle of it that bothers me. There was absolutely NO reason whatsoever that we were shoved all the way back into the lobby, when our group, and many others, were lined along the walls, leaving plenty of space for these cosplayers to get through, unharmed, probably a whole ten feet of space between us. What they did to try and organize the crowd only made it worse for the con-goers, worse for the IRT, and worse for the exiting masquerade participants.

Also, I'm sorry if this made me seem like a jerk, I do realize that the IRT need to do their jobs and try to make things easy, but that is where my problem lies. They made everything hard to deal with, miserable even. That is why I'm complaining here.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:17 PM

View PostKasin, on May 10 2009, 08:35 PM, said:

irt having no clue what the photo shoot locations are called.


There was a thread here http://www.acen.org/...showtopic=25373 that fully outlines a map of not only what locations are where for the gatherings, but also the times.
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:22 PM

View PostNyappy, on May 10 2009, 10:17 PM, said:

There was a thread here http://www.acen.org/...showtopic=25373 that fully outlines a map of not only what locations are where for the gatherings, but also the times.



very true. which is why, i, a frequent forum poster knew where he should go. now there are 17000 peeps. not ever majority are on the forums. it would be nice to print it out for others or have people informed on it.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:34 PM

View PostMari_Queen_of_Fools, on May 10 2009, 08:39 PM, said:

we were told we had to walk all the way around the hyatt elevators (ok, it's not a far walk) to go down to the game room, because 3 girls were sitting on the ground, the IRT told us to go around, that we couldn't even pass, even though there was clearly enough room...
neither girl seemed injured in anyway, so i didn't see the point


Was this last night around 11ish? Because if so, I was one of these girls, and one girl had actually fallen and sprained her ankle while trying to catch up to me for a picture. The medic did come and confirm her injury. I did think it was a little extreme how they made people walk all the way around, but I think it was just leaving room for the medics. I personally was impressed by the way IRT took care of the girl. Though I felt so bad she fell just wanting a picture of my costume... ;__;
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Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:06 PM

Well on Saturday afternoon there was five of us by the Red bar looking down at the lower level watching the cosplayers getting their pics taken. We were all talking at a normal level when all of a sudden this IRT with the name Saphire starts yelling at us and I do mean just my group to stop yelling over the railing. I'm not exaggerating when I say she was yelling and looked really pissed off. When we tried to tell her it wasn't us she wouldn't listen and stormed off. We stayed there for a while longer and noticed she kept badgering congoers for no reason and even kept walking in front of people trying to take pics of cosplayers in an area that they had been doing that for a few hours. I even saw her walk in front of one and when the person ask what the problem she started getting aggressive and told them they couldn't take pics there.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 07:37 AM

View PostKasin, on May 11 2009, 02:01 AM, said:

true, but the only information desks are in the rosemont, but if they put one in the hyatt.... also if irt doesn't know the locations, how do they know where to go so they can run thing smoothly?


I'm going to take a shot at explaining this. This year, as before each ACEN in the past that I've worked, I do my very best to be as well-informed and prepared as possible. (If you saw me this weekend, I was the IRT op with a big "man-purse" slung over one shoulder - part of my effort to be prepared for as many situations as possible. Turns out the only thing someone asked for and I didn't have this weekend was tape, so yay for man-purses!) I can speak only for myself in terms of preparation, but I will say that every op went to at least one training session this year unless travel distance prevented their doing so, and I saw several other ops taking the same steps I did. And, as always, I picked up numerous tips and information from my fellow ops.

All that being said - each op is given a specific "detail" when working, to help keep order and assure that they are best trained for the situations they are most likely to encounter. For example, I was a Guest Escort. That meant that most of my preparation was locating panel rooms, finding the fastest routes between different locations in four buildings, estimating the travel time for those routes at different times of day as the traffic level flucuates, and keeping track of where are guests were coming from, going to, and headed after that even was finished. So when guests asked me where so-and-so was signing, or which room Panel 7 was in, I could usually help them out. However, when I was detailed to Vic Mignogna's post-concert signing outside the main ballroom and guests were asking where they should line up for Masquerade, or whether the office had any more tickets available, I didn't know. I did my best to either direct them towards someone I knew to be on a detail where they would know that information, or radio in a request if there wasn't higher priority traffic, but I'm sure there was at least one time I had to shrug my shoulders and apologize while still moving, because I was in the middle of moving a guest from one place to another and really couldn't stop. (By the way, if I did that to you and you read this, I'm sorry! I really do love helping people out, it's why I do IRT...)

Finally, and possibly the biggest reason, is that despite our best efforts, things CHANGE when we get to con. Every plan is withstands scrutiny until execution, and ACEN is no different. As one very small example, one of our panels was in Malpensa this year, on the lower level of the Hyatt. At some point before Friday morning, that panel was moved to a different room at the far end of the hall. Which meant that until one of my team members saw this and reported it to inform the rest of us, my notes and information on panels in that room were useless.

Does that help to explain, Kasin?

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Was this last night around 11ish? Because if so, I was one of these girls, and one girl had actually fallen and sprained her ankle while trying to catch up to me for a picture. The medic did come and confirm her injury. I did think it was a little extreme how they made people walk all the way around, but I think it was just leaving room for the medics. I personally was impressed by the way IRT took care of the girl. Though I felt so bad she fell just wanting a picture of my costume... ;__;


It may be extreme, Lady Utena, but it's standard operating procedure for our medics. Clearing a working space helps to protect the patient from further stress or possible injury, minimize the distractions while our medics try to patch someone up, and generally make the whole situation a little more manageable. All that may not seem necessary for a sprained ankle, but it's hard to draw an exact dividing line out of ALL the possible injuries or medical emergencies, and decide which need a 30 ft working space and which only need a 10 ft one. To the Mari, who posted the original question - I promise you, while it may be a pain to have to reroute around a group of people, we're asking for your safety, and the safety of your fellow congoers.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 09:15 AM

This year I found IRT to be much more pleasant than in years past. Unlike times when I asked IRT questions in previous years and got the old "There's an INFO DESK, you know!" answer, I could actually ask a question of IRT without being yelled at for being so presumptuous.

Also, they never bothered us too much about moving slightly to the left or right as in years past (I've actually been bodily moved six inches to the left by an IRT person before). Oddly enough, we also weren't bothered by them when we took our airsoft weapons to the OUTDOORS Metal Gear photoshoot. I expected them to crash it, looking for a cache of weapons they could look cool confiscating but found that they were quite kind about it and understood that we were OUTSIDE of the convention area with legal replicas.

The only problem I had with IRT all weekend was that they didn't break up the crazy crowd that gathered around the Batman/Harley Quinn (I say that because it was mostly about the three Harleys) photoshoot. It blocked the only route through the ground floor, and I couldn't figure out why they didn't move to a more open location, especially on Saturday night around masquerade time.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:20 AM

View Postkaoru_myaku_kyo, on May 10 2009, 09:34 PM, said:

Regarding the pre-soap bubble crowd:

The IRT handled this entire situation HORRIBLY, as they do every year. This year, though, was particularly terrible. My friends and I were waiting, completely out of the way of the con-walkers, against the walls of the ballroom hallway. We had been there about 5 hours in advance. We were forced to move not once, not twice, but THREE times to different locations, until the entire crowd waiting to get in line was shoved into the hotel lobby, sending us into a giant crowd with barely any moving space, and thusly blocking off much of the space that people needed (those who were not going to the rave). Okay, that's pretty ridiculous on its own, but being that their excuse was this:

"We want the advanced costumers (from the masquerade) to have room to go through the hall and back to their rooms"

and then they let people run past them and take pictures, meanwhile holding up said line of cosplayers....Yeah, that is just completely unfair and asanine. We ended up around the middle of the line, luckily not outside in the cold, but even if we were still first in line,it's the principle of it that bothers me. There was absolutely NO reason whatsoever that we were shoved all the way back into the lobby, when our group, and many others, were lined along the walls, leaving plenty of space for these cosplayers to get through, unharmed, probably a whole ten feet of space between us. What they did to try and organize the crowd only made it worse for the con-goers, worse for the IRT, and worse for the exiting masquerade participants.

Also, I'm sorry if this made me seem like a jerk, I do realize that the IRT need to do their jobs and try to make things easy, but that is where my problem lies. They made everything hard to deal with, miserable even. That is why I'm complaining here.


1.I'm sorry all that time you waited there only to be told go to the back of the line, but first off officially attendees can not start lining up for an event until 30 minutes before said event is to start.

2. We had the Masquerade finishing up and we needed the hallway connecting the hallway and the Grand balloom cleared so we could have the Masquerade attendees able to go to the hotel safely without having leave through the Foyer. If they had to leave through the Foyer, mots likely this would have led to a bigger issue of people going into the street, blocking traffic.

3. Most likely the people let through with cameras were part of the Press allowing them to be able to go through and take pictures.

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:43 AM

with the photo shoot locations It did say in the book that they are not organized by acen and that they might not know the location. they may call the location by another name. they dont use the flagpole as a refrence point but the east entrance.
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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:53 AM

I am said "short red haired woman" My call name is Red XIII. I will agree that I talked to your girlfriend more than once at different times because it was the direction that I was given by my supervisor. I did not yell, because I never yell except in extreme emergencies. I did ask nicely that she go to prop check and ask them if the outfit and weapons were ok. If there is any major problem, you can post to my supervisors Knight, Mika, or Kaganin. I apologize. We had many complaints from other con goers about "inappropriate costumes" and I was just doing what was detailed to me. I didn't mean to feel like I was singling anyone out. I was asking EVERYONE that I saw in costumes like that to change.

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View Postj1n, on May 10 2009, 08:08 PM, said:

There was a short red haired IRT woman who 3 times total yelled at my girlfriend to change her cosplay outfit because it was according to her; "against rules" and "showed too much"/"too revealing".

The first two times was when she was dressed as Felicia from Darkstalkers, which the costume itself covered more of her body than a normal bikini would, and there were many cosplayers out on the con who were wearing less than this.
The third time was when she was dressed as one of the puma twins from Dominion Tank Police, which in fact she was wearing a dance tights/body suits which generally reveal nothing at all except maybe the cleavage area.

None of her costumes broke the rules, she peace bonded all her weapons, followed the size rules, safety rules, and all rules concerning revealing costumes.

No police officers or hotel staff made any complaints to my girlfriend.
No other IRT member made any complaints or orders to my girlfriend to change her cosplay outfit at all, only her. It made her feel like she was being singled out by this woman and feel bad, when in fact she had not broken any rules.


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Posted 11 May 2009 - 10:54 AM

Compared to former years I must say I did not have a single complaint with IRT.

When I spoke to them they were polite and human and even joking a little.

I understand not everyone will have a positive experience and Im sorry but Im also glad to see all of those who so far have stuck up for the IRT in this thread.
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