chainedbyroses, on 02 May 2012 - 07:53 PM, said:
I actually was about just a couple minutes behind the people who destroyed all this -- the damage, piss and vomit were still fresh and hot when my roommate and I walked through it all, and we could hear loud noises banging up the walkway ahead of us Dx. Talking later to a Hyatt supervisor/manager, they did say they plan to look at their security footage over these weekend incidents and ID & prosecute the individuals found in violation of the destruction on their ends (and the con center would likely be doing the same later)
My question is: why isn't the Hyatt more on top of these things--as they are happening? IRT is a volunteer group of con-goers from a private event with varying levels of training in security, but the number one thing to remember here folks is: IRT are not cops.
They CAN'T control what goes on in non-badge areas, as NarumiKenshin pointed out here: http://www.acen.org/...ost__p__1078230
. So it follows that the only way to deal with the serious problem that has taken root and flourished at ACEN for a number of years now is for ACEN's highest levels of staff to get together with Rosemont PD and the hotels, and figure out a way to enforce the rules as the con is going on.
From there, the directives to ALL IRT need to be clear: if there is even a whiff of something illegal, call in the pros. Period.
....bar 2 IRT who were outside the "entrance door" for the dances/main events Sunday ~12:30am, one who said people smoking outside smoking areas, people smoking weed, and people selling weed et al was "not a problem and nobody cares anyway" & when strongly suggested to use his walkie to inform either IRT HQ or RPD directly of these violations/felonies I was told he's "not a badge and it's not [his] problem",
This is the problem right here, summed up in one event. The repeated failure on the part of ACEN staff at varying levels to call in the pros. This is why the bad behavior has gotten so bad, why the con has the reputation it has (believe me, it's not a good one), why the property damage goes up, why people get hurt, why people like me are thinking that ACEN isn't worth going to because we value our safety. At an event like this, with a lot of very young, very immature people who have ready access to alcohol, drugs, and hookups, they will behave as badly as you let them get away with.
My main complaint, however, should kind of be a no-brainer at this point:
HEAVY USE OF WEED/DRUGS AT AND INSIDE THE CONVENTION.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE. WHETHER YOU ARE A COP OR A HUMBLE STAFFER, THIS IS A FELONY. FELONIES, AS THE PROGRAM GUIDE AND RULES HAVE STATED FOR 10 ODD YEARS, THAT ACEN (SUPPOSEDLY) DOES NOT IGNORE. (MIGHT WANT TO PASS THAT MEMO AROUND TO THE GUYS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ENFORCING THAT POLICY AND RELAYING INFORMATION AND INCIDENTS TO THE POLICE, AND KINDLY BEAT IT INTO THEIR HEADS.) WHETHER YOUR BADGE MERELY SAYS "STAFF" "IRT" OR "POLICE OFFICER", TAKING NO ACTION IS TO CONDONE THE ILLEGAL ACTION AND JUSTIFY IT, ULTIMATELY CONDEMNING INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS MYSELF TO POTENTIALLY DYING IN A SEIZURE OR BECOMING SERIOUSLY INJURED THANKS TO LAX ENFORCEMENT AND A "F*CK IF I CARE" ATTITUDE. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, NOR OKAY.
FELONIES ARE NOT FUN. SEIZURES ARE NOT SPIFFY. INDIFFERENCE IS NOT IDEAL. WHETHER YOU CAN ARREST THE DRUG OFFENDERS YOURSELF OR HAVE TO CALL IN ACTUAL LEOS, TAKE SOME SORT OF ACTION FOR THE LOVE OF GOD AND ALL THINGS SACRED OR DO NOT EVEN BOTHER WORKING A ROLE WHERE YOU MAY ENCOUNTER THIS RESPONSIBILITY.
Rant mode off; I needed to get that of my chest, and, having had no voice the last 3 days having been coughing up smoke/weed phlegm nonstop that's been starting to look like green Temple of Doom hearts from my chest cavity, that's the closest to a loud stern lecture I can get without busting a vocal chord & falling into another hour-long hacking and wheezing fit. Needless to say, I want to see this resolved next year -- if not ultimately completely eradicate (I am aware progress takes time), at least address and take proactive steps to prevent as many future incidents as possible and maybe even save others from enduring the medical and emotional chaos I had to survive this year. Advice: Canine Unit at the entrance to the dances/events, and outside the smoker hangouts. If you can't get past the dogs' highly trained noses, you can't get in. Simple as that. Honestly, if it means me and others not nearly dying again, I would personally be willing to pay something toward getting them to bring K9, if it were required. Death from others' drug abuse is bad beyond words, frankly.
edit - quick edit to say I'm not in as foul a mood as my typing comes off (text has trouble displaying tone), & once I get the antibiotic in me I'll be able to articulate better and clarify stuffs
The fact that this even happened is indicative of the major problems rotting this con from the inside out. We've had one person who's had a major health scare, no doubt racking up some medical bills in the process, because of a lax attitude toward calling the police at the slightest hint of someone doing something illegal. Someone who can't even talk right now because of the permissive attitudes that have been the standard around this con for some time. What more is it going to take? Someone getting raped? Someone dying of alcohol poisoning?
It's time to stop expecting that a bunch of volunteer staff have the legal authority and training of police. It's time to start working with the hotels and Rosemont PD to massively upgrade the security around the con, both in the badge and non-badge areas. It's time to get IRT and any other con staff reporting anything and everything that even hints at being illegal. It's time for this con to grow up.