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Bad con experiences.
« on: April 07, 2012, 05:26:50 pm »
Ever have a bad experience at a con? What was it? How did you cope? Was the situation resolved? Did it have anything to do with registration, hotel housekeeping, con panels, other guests/visitors, etc., etc.  Will your bad experiences impact on whether you go back to the same con/venue or not?

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 08:03:23 pm »
I remember getting into trouble at ConFuzzled once. To start with, it took place in 2010 but more to the point, I was in my suit pretending to mark my territory! When that happened, a con staff member said to me, "As much as you want to stay in character, I suggest you don't do that for the sake of the general public".

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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012, 02:28:35 am »
MFF '11 was my first con ever, and even though I was looking forward to doing something outside of my comfort zone, I was still doing something outside of my comfort zone.  So I get into the airport early (and I was already going to have to wait 4 hours for my room mate with the reservation to arrive) and I'm waiting in the hotel lobby with all my stuff.  Then this guy with a dog comes up to me and sits down next to me like we're BFFs.  His dog drools all over my lap, and after petting the dog at the guy's insistence my hand comes away faintly sticky. I think he said the dog had just had a flea bath or something. He sat there telling me morally questionable and risque stories for about a half hour until another "target" caught his interest.  I spent the rest of the con telling people to avoid "White Dog Guy."

Thankfully, everyone else I met was a reasonable, sane individual.  Even the "partier" in our room was a real stand-up guy and respectful to the others.
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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012, 02:40:13 am »
Only bad experience I've had was at FWA one year, and it wasn't too horrible compared to some stories you hear. I was on one of the designated "quiet" floors in the hotel, but someone next door was having a party or something until nearly 5 am... Either that, or that's when I finally fell asleep. I had to be up early the next day of the con, so the lack of sleep left me quite edgy and kinda ruined a lot of the experience because it also created some tension with my then mate from being so aggrevated.
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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2012, 07:54:21 am »
MFF '11 was my first con ever, and even though I was looking forward to doing something outside of my comfort zone, I was still doing something outside of my comfort zone.  So I get into the airport early (and I was already going to have to wait 4 hours for my room mate with the reservation to arrive) and I'm waiting in the hotel lobby with all my stuff.  Then this guy with a dog comes up to me and sits down next to me like we're BFFs.  His dog drools all over my lap, and after petting the dog at the guy's insistence my hand comes away faintly sticky. I think he said the dog had just had a flea bath or something. He sat there telling me morally questionable and risque stories for about a half hour until another "target" caught his interest.  I spent the rest of the con telling people to avoid "White Dog Guy."

Thankfully, everyone else I met was a reasonable, sane individual.  Even the "partier" in our room was a real stand-up guy and respectful to the others.


I have met the "white dog guy" as well.  >:(
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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2012, 02:19:07 pm »
I went to FWA once in 2006. I had a group of furs that, for some misguided reason, thought I wanted them to follow me and my mate around every time we tried to have a meal together or some alone time. Any time my mate and I were in our room these guys would show up wanting to hang out.

My worst experience with furries was actually at the Pride Parade in Columbus, OH in 2006, rather than at a con. I was riding with my mate in his van, got thrown out of the van I was riding in by a bunch of fursuiters, when I tried to climb in and find a place to sit, someone deliberately slammed the door on me, hitting my head. They did this twice and I ended up with a concussion. I still do not have a real good impression of suiters because of that experience.

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2012, 04:25:54 pm »
I had my strange of tweaks at a fury con like the guy who shared hours  of horror stories about his boss. Even when he left  the job. The personally I call these people  emotional vampires; they feed off generated pity and crave attention  and suck the lifeblood out of  their victim with helplessness stories.

Still my worst experience was at a Science Fiction Convention Oycon 33. Science fiction fandom has an elitist, stogy, purist  clique: the old guard. For them  Science Fiction is about Literature and nothing else, fans and movies need not to apply and never uses SF or Sci-Fi in their presence. Well the purist held sway in 2011,as result the Orycon was turn into a writers trade con ranter than a general Science Fiction con. There were slim pickings for anybody who was a fan, reader or costumer in SF. I noted the halls were vacant  and some regular attendees  missing.  In other words Orycon was boring last year.

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 04:29:49 pm »
I still do not have a real good impression of suiters because of that experience.

You wouldn't get that with me around!

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2012, 08:18:37 pm »
AC2007   :(  Nuff said.
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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2012, 06:13:18 pm »
I remember getting into trouble at ConFuzzled once. To start with, it took place in 2010 but more to the point, I was in my suit pretending to mark my territory! When that happened, a con staff member said to me, "As much as you want to stay in character, I suggest you don't do that for the sake of the general public".

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I did that with a campus security car once. I have photographic evidence!!
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2012, 06:20:52 pm »
Well, at my first convention (furfright 2008), there was this one gentleman - whom i believe is either deaf, mute, or has some sort of social handicap. Keep in mind, i had NEVER met another furry in my life (face-to-face), before a few hours prior. So, i was hanging with this one guy, who i was letting scritch me on my head. However, enter this random guy (who never says anything, as you could tell by my possible classifications) who comes up to me, and begins to scricth my back and head, while putting his body next to mine, making contact. The other dude stops, not seeming to care, and i say to this man "i'm cool man... hey, i'm cool" he does not stop "dude *nods* i'm fine" and i slowly edge away, and he, with a perfect smile (he had been closing his eyes with contentment, which was more creepy then i can properly describe) slowly wanders off as if nothing had happend.

And this is where i go what the - oh, that's right, you cant swear here. Well, you get the picture.
Never liked that very much...
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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2012, 02:55:01 am »
AC2007   :(  Nuff said.
What happened at AC '07?

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2012, 02:31:12 pm »
AC2007   :(  Nuff said.

I wasn't a furry back in 2007, so I guess there is something I missed?

What happened?

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2012, 03:52:19 pm »
AC2007   :(  Nuff said.

I wasn't a furry back in 2007, so I guess there is something I missed?

What happened?

Come to think of it, 2007 was the only AC I ever really enjoyed. Granted, I spent more time at my birthday party down the street than at the con, but still.

I'll give cons another try at FCN tomorrow. AC is just too big for me to enjoy.

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Re: Bad con experiences.
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2012, 11:37:36 am »
For the most part, I've had good experiences at cons.  But two "bad" cons kinda stand out.

MFF 2008: to the idiot that pulled the fire alarm, thanks for giving me lots of cardio (was on the 12th floor of the hotel and no elevators during a fire alarm)

MFM 2011: Lesson learned...do not room with con staff. 

Those two cons have been my only "bad" experiences at cons.
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