Giving stowaways an opp to purchase a ticket straight up is IMO simply expedient. As RedTux pointed out, why antagonize them into trying to crash the fence?
Every year we at Gate learn new ways to solve problems. This was the first year where the back of the ticket said: All vehicles will be searched. So everyone who bought a ticket agreed to this condition before entering. Problem solved. The fuckos that want to still try to get thru w/o paying, we will try to catch them. It was also learned that the more veteran Gate people we have, the more efficient we are --and lower burnout rate, but not entirely
As to the issue of the pre-event "List"... DON'T GET ME STARTED!!! Lessons learned, and all that happy crap. I'll stop there before going into a rant. The upshot is that we need to give BLM reasonably accurate census information every 4 hours. If the BLM tries their own nose-count and starts to question our numbers, then bad things happen. Gate, and especially the Census Master (who was the beautiful and talented RadMan this year) is critical to our relationship w/ BLM. Stowaways and Gatecrashers just piss us off for this reason. That and the predictable parasitic nature of said fuckos.
If anyone on this list wants to join in the fun, feel free to fill out a volunteer questionaire on the BM site. Put "Gate" as the Dept, and you will be notified of upcoming training sessions. BTW: ours are only 4 hrs long, because we only have to be HALF as nice as Rangers.
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