One of the "rangers" in our area (team lead) did'nt get a ticket even though he's a veteran burner and been a ranger for years.
This confused me cause I thought volenteers for infrastructure got free tickets.
What am I missing?
I realize this is late......
Right, you have to work a minimum number of shifts/hours the year before you're offered a discounted ticket. I believe it used to be different, but due to some people welching on the deal they had to make you "pre-work" for your ticket.
I have close friends that are full-time volunteers - meaning, that they regularly attend meetings in person and via telephone EACH week, have to attend other events, run yearly trainings, spend 4 weeks on the playa, that kind of thing. Basically, for all this effort their ONLY pay is a ticket, but you gotta work really hard for that. Definitely, it seems, roughly the cost of 50x the cost of a ticket in default dollars.
But they love their jobs, and some HARDER during the week at the event then their default jobs. It's pretty awe-inspiring to tell you the truth.
As for your friend not having a ticket - yeah I don't know how that worked out - I'd have assumed that those volunteers that earned a discount ticket would automatically have one reserved, but as this is a touchy subject this year I have not asked any details.
Bottom Line - any assumption that a volunteer - moderator, ranger, EMS, etc etc has a ticket has a good chance of being wrong.
Lastly - I totally screwed up with the lottery - in years past, even if you were in the cue early, you could still choose to buy a ticket at a higher tier. During this time, and me always working, I usually put in at the 2nd or 3rd tier level to leave the cheap tix for those that don't have a good job. The last 3 years of FCFS I couldn't babysit my computer enough to get a ticket at any tier but the third tier.
I did not know, that this year when I put in for a $240 ticket (I'm jobless) that it would really damage my chances. I assumed that out of 10,000 $240 tickets, that I would be in a separate pool in the lotto for those who wanted $240 tickets. I did understand that this tier might be a little tight, but now I'm hearing that people who opted to pay a larger price, not only got to be in competition with their tier such as $390, but could also win a ticket at a lower tier?
Now that is really not fair. For jeebus sake I thought the whole point of the low price tiers was for those that can't afford the higher tier!!
Anyone know where the official explanation lies on how the ticket lotto was supposed to work?