I put a lot of time and respect into composing, proofing, and posting every one of my replies. I ask only for the same in return. Thank you for doing so. Now we can get somewhere.
the reason we've been having this whole debate is that there's nowhere to scram to. (i seem to remember that you haven't been before, so this is understandable)
Well, my text you were referring to in the previous post may appear a bit out of context by itself. Not only was it part of a hypothetical situation addressing a question posed directly to me from precipitate, not necessarily aimed at the entire debate, but it was assuming (as stated with it) that there is an authority structure in place. Though it certainly could be applied to the entire topic of this thread. And thank you for you understanding of my greenness. Though I already knew that the playa was quite a distance from Gerlach, which was quite a distance from anywhere else. I’ve spent some time looking at maps, planning my routes, and just general daydreaming.
for someone who hitchhiked there, "scram" is really not an option
I will reiterate: If an authority is in place that could compel a car load of people (who don’t want to turn around) to turn around and get, then one could conclude that same authority could address the “hitchhiker”. If they are told to scram and don’t then all of the sudden they’re trespassing. Then it would fall to the authority to remove this person. I’ve read of folks getting carted off site for various other reasons and sent to sit a night (or longer) in a jail cell, right? What would protocol be for someone who arrived completely alone with a bogus ticket? How is this situation any different? I’m certain this problem has arisen before now, and I suspect it has been dealt with in many different creative ways.
My reasons for sounding off in the thread were to address something that made me question coming out there, even though I’ve already purchased my ticket, and that is the idea that the rule we are discussing should be a zero tolerance issue. Like it or not, as we sit here and type, we are influencing people all over the world who read our words. When I first read Robbidobbs’ slightly grouchy post, I was really turned off. That is why I posted a thank you for it. It meant a lot to me.
I have come to the conclusion that the gate staff use their better judgement for each situation and the previously mentioned concern is no longer one I have. I only hoped to clear the air for myself, but more importantly , for the many lurkers that may have also been having second thoughts too, but didn’t speak up.
people not being able to make arrangements to get to the playa before hand is a clue that they may not be self sufficient enough to attend the event.
This is true, but we both should know by now that no situation is cut and dried. Generalizations generally don’t work (Har!). Each situation is its own, so use your better judgement if you pick someone up along the way.
as mentioned by a number of people here, it's not a bad rule
You know... I think I agree with this as long as its applied fairly. Meaning that it’s made clear to everybody and, most importantly, is a last resort, not a first inclination. By being a participant in this, I owe some responsibility to you and everyone else out there. It would be just as wrong for me to pick up a guy and figure, “Fuck it, he’s not my problem... let the gate people worry about it”, as it would for you to not let me in when I have a valid ticket and my buddy was duped unknowingly. Just as I have a responsibility to you and everyone else out there, so do you guys have a responsibility to me.
If you wish me to clear up any other points of view, I’ll be happy to. Otherwise, for me, this is no longer an issue and for me to push further would seem to be beating a dead horse. And if I made anybody upset, I ask your forgiveness. I didn’t intend to.