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CAC etiquette

July 4, 2013

My wife and I attended the Rodger Hodgson concert last evening at the CAC. Excellent show by a very classy guy. Unfortunately, quite a few people in attendance didn't show the same amount of class....

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RollingWithHusky

Jul-06-13 10:52 PM

Let's face it, this happens at every type of event at every venue.

It happens at the CAC, it happens in movie theaters, it happens at High School football games, at the Crosscutter's games, etc.

There are many reasons for why people arrive late, don't stay in their seats, have their cell phones on, etc. Some of them are selfish while others are unfortunate circumstances.

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Ritty77

Jul-04-13 9:45 PM

Yikes.

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CHayes

Jul-04-13 4:31 PM

Might I suggest that if the letter writer wants to tightly control the parameters of a Rodger Hodgson show, he contact his management company, and book a performance at his house.

He better have a fat checkbook though, because it will certainly cost over $100K. IOW, he may not have been able to even attend the show if not for the ticket sales to those people he called 'disrespectful", for daring to have a job, or something else going on in their life that precluded their punctual arrival at the gate.

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CHayes

Jul-04-13 4:29 PM

This letter is incredible. I wonder, does the letter writer think that if a musical artists is doing a show at a drinking and eating establishment, performing the EXACT SAME material he would be performing in a theater, that the bar/restaurant should barricade the doors once the performance starts?

I've been to some concerts over the last 30+ years, and I have to say I have NEVER attended a concert where people didn't come late/leave early/get up mid show to hit whatever concession or bathroom was available.

If the musician was disrespectful enough to call out someone who payed I imagine a premium price for a ticket to see him perform, EVEN THOUGH they couldn't get their full monies worth, because they had to work till shortly before the show, then the disrespect demonstrated is on the musician's part.

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CaymanJim

Jul-04-13 1:23 PM

CAC needs to be more proactive in the enforcement of all its caveats, especially the one regarding late-comers. Little old frail female volunteer ushers are no match for arrogant ass*s who can't tell time, arrive late, and insist on being seated, no matter who or what is disturbed by their actions. Once the concert has begun, the front doors should be secured from within and no one admitted until intermission. If there should be no intermission, then that person has lost out and will have hopefully learned to arrive promptly for the next concert. My personal peeve is when morbidly obese people pay for one seat, but also take up much of the space occupied by the patron who is in the adjacent seat. What is fair about that?

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MrShaman

Jul-04-13 10:05 AM

"I agree that it has been 2 or 3 generation since people were taught to respect others. There have been several "me" generations that are all about entitlement..." - CitizenX

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No doubt!!

See:

Character: Spoiled Rich Kid Living Off His Family's Name And Reputation

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MrShaman

Jul-04-13 9:57 AM

"I think there should be a policy of no admittance once performance has started, but then not delay the start of the performance more than 5 minutes." - CitizenX

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If such a policy is advertised...and, an entrance-clock has been provided...all ticket-takers should SUSPEND their activities, at 00:00 hour!! There no need for a "grace"-period.

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MrShaman

Jul-04-13 9:50 AM

"It all goes back to Respect. It's not taught anymore, either in schools or in the home." - JohnZook

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Ah, yes...when all, else, fails...fire-off an "absolute"!!!!

You have NO IDEA how often Respect is/isn't taught, and...NO!...you don't sound like someone who KNOWS, better...than everyone-else...when stating such an "absolute".

It Respect taught, often-ENOUGH? Obviously, not. We've seen too many (T-Bagger attended) Town Hall Meetings to verify that.

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MrShaman

Jul-04-13 9:37 AM

"Conversely, you can not sell a ticket and deny someone admission." - spike2

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...For expecting entrance, AFTER the show has started?? SURE, you can...especially if all advertising STATES that policy. Of course...if you don't follow-THRU...those folks will never change.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought I'd read/heard that was the policy for live-theater events, in NYC...that there was no admission, after the show started.

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CitizenX

Jul-04-13 9:33 AM

I think there should be a policy of no admittance once performance has started, but then not delay the start of the performance more than 5 minutes. That give a tiny bit of leeway, yet doesn't unduly penalize the people who were on time by making them wait an unreasonable amount of time. And, unless there is an intermission, if you have a need for snacks and they are available, get them before the show starts. If you didn't get there in time for that then do without.

I agree that it has been 2 or 3 generation since people were taught to respect others. There have been several "me" generations that are all about entitlement---which also is one of the problems with this country's financial (and other) woes, but that's a whole other rant, lol.

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MrShaman

Jul-04-13 9:22 AM

"Now I know there are reasons to be late but, for so many last evening, I think it was more of a "look at me, I was someplace else more important and I just couldn't get here in time"." - David Strickler

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I've always seen people, like that, as perpetually-late. I don't know if it's the result o' poor-parenting or sheer laziness, but...they're not the greatest time-managers...more-than-likely because they've become accustomed to endless "passes" (from others), regarding such behavior.

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JohnZook

Jul-04-13 8:34 AM

It all goes back to Respect. It's not taught anymore, either in schools or in the home. That's where the "It's all about me" attitude kicks in.

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spike2

Jul-04-13 8:31 AM

First, people who perform on stage actually pay little attention to the audience. I agree that those entering late are disturbing if you are seated.Your option is to buy your seat early and closer to the front. Cell phones are extremely irritating whether at the CAC or a movie.Conversely, you can not sell a ticket and deny someone admission. There is a financial bottom line. The performers must be paid as well as all that goes with a show and profit.Usually, the more costly the tickets, the better the audience behaves. Best seats at CAC are the pit, the Sterling Circle and the balcony(when open).

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nobud74

Jul-04-13 7:42 AM

Lots of people have a few bucks and like to make sure everyone sees them and knows they are there. Buttheads. Then you have those who have conversations and are on their cell phones the whole time--again they are so important and need you to see how important they are. Oh, and it happens elsewhere. I was at a show in another city recently and many of the same poor manners were observed.

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wwhickok

Jul-04-13 6:00 AM

Personally I think if you're late to a show, you shouldn't be allowed to go in.

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