One of the biggest things about Otakon that bothered me this year (and this was my first year, so I have no idea if it occurs at others though I"m sure it does..) is twofold, and has to do with behavior in the Artist's Alley and the Vendors.
First off, in Artist's Alley: don't stop and talk in a huge group in front of an artist's booth. I'm there to see their art, and to talk to them, get some commissions done, etc. I'm not there to listen to you and your friends make various pop culture references while blocking all access to an artist's table. I'm sure they don't appreciate you impeding their business, but maybe they're just too nice to tell you. I'm not -- please, if you're not admiring art / buying art / talking to an artist, then clear the way and allow those of us who are there for something other than chitchat to do what we need to do. I get that discussions will be had, and that's totally cool -- just do it in the right places. Same applies for the Vendors. If you're not there to do business / browse the wares / talk to the store employees, MOVE ON.
Second off, please by all means WATCH WHERE YOU GO. I lost track of the number of times that if I hadn't been paying attention, I would've stonewalled somebody because they were barreling through a crowd at full speed and would've ended up with my shoulder in their face. You're excited because it's Otakon, you're rushing to get to a vendor praying they have that last figurine left, you're amped up on Red Bull or something, I get it. But you don't plow through the mall and run into all sorts of people, do you? Just because this is Otakon doesn't mean common decency and not injuring people can go out the door. Watch where you go, and if you have to move with a little haste to get somewhere then do so -- but don't go full out sprint shouldering aside anyone you see between you and your goal, you could easily injure someone or break that figurine or whatever that they've been after for months. And you don't want me to chase you down in a fight tech suit do you?
And finally..what NOT to do in a fire drill. I'm talking to one person in particular -- I think he may have been staff, but he may not have been, I'm not sure. Either way I reported it to several staff members. You, older bald guy with the glasses who looks like he hits the gym -- when a fire alarm goes off, you do NOT go running through the artist's alley screaming "FIRE ALARM GET OUT GET OUT GO NOW FIRE ALARM!" You can cause a stampede that way and cause people to be suffocated or run over. If you doubt that it can happen, please do some google work and you will see it is extremely possible, particularly when you have very limited exits (as in the case of Otakon) for the number of people that were present. To that guy -- you know who you are and if I'd had a second to pull you aside before you sprinted through the rest of the crowd screaming, we'd have some words. You quite literally could have killed people with your inane behavior.
This has been a public safety briefing by everyone's favorite bad anime character, Geist. Thanks.
Edited by md02geist, 07 August 2010 - 12:21 PM.