First, by Seat Poaching, I mean the practice of riding a coaster, then when the restraints open, watching for any empty seats and hopping in without walking all the way around. The kind of response I would like from you guys is whether you think this is "bad form" as Captain Hook would say and then go through the scenarios and see if any of these sway you.
Let's assume that if a train pulls into an empty station and the ride op asks if you would like to ride again that everyone would. That also doesn't fall under my definition of poaching. Ok, here goes.
A : Train pulls into station with several rows having folks waiting to ride. Your row does NOT have anyone waiting and instead of asking the ride op if you may ride again, you wait quietly in your seat hoping no one notices you.
B : Train pulls into the station with several rows again with folks waiting to ride. Your row DOES have waiting riders, but the row directly in front or behind you does not. Without asking, you quietly move out of your present row and into the empty adjacent seats again WITHOUT asking a ride op for permission.
C : Train pulls into a full station. Your row is full of people waiting to board. You stand to exit but notice there is confusion as the waiting passengers in YOUR row are busy trying to coordinate riding with their buddies in line ahead of them or behind them seating-wise. Folks behind them would more than likely gladly board but as the confusion continues, the airgates close and you're staring at an empty row. Without alerting a ride op, you sit quietly and ride again.
D : Train pulls into a full station of a B&M style coaster (4 across seating). This time, you happen to be riding as a single. All queing rows are jam packed waiting to board. As the restraints unlock, and you disembark the train, you notice there are only 3 people boarding the next train, leaving an empty seat. You fill the empty seat.
As HONESTLY as you can answer, give me your responses. I will post later with my honest responses, but I would like to see what everyone else would do first. Hey, I started this thing :)
I don't make a habit out of it ....But honestly, I've done all of those one time or another...mainly at closing.
I do realize that we probably look like wierdos to the GP when doing this...they think it's unfair most of the time...especially case D) where you steal the edge seat or have to sit betweeen people.
B -Same as A
C - You move on, anything less is being an ass.
D - Same as C. (although admittedly, that's the grayest area of all the examples and I could probably argue either side, however if in that situation I always move on)
It all seems like common courtesy to me :)
One of the few times I was sneaking into the empties I got kicked out of the train- Coasterpalooza on Top Gun. Even though there were only two people waiting for the row, I apparently wasn't aloud to sit in one of the empty seats. Oh well, doesn't matter to me. At least they let us do it at Solace.
B - "WITHOUT"? Nah. Not me. I'd ask...or quickly kinda motion with my fingers to a ride op, if he nods or gives me a thumbs up, somehow tells me to go ahead, then I'd do it.
C - Just plain wrong. Sorry, move on!
D - Ok as long as you ask the people if you can sit with them, and clear it with the ride ops as well. If I were one of the three, esp. the one you'd be sitting next to, most likely i'd say yes.
Some parks (like SFNE and CP) don't allow re-rides under any conditions. Others, like PCar, BGW, and IOA have been very open to this, although it always depends on the particular crew and patience. We have had some incredible luck re-riding the likes of Top Gun, the Hulk, and Apollo's Chariot.
However, a REALLY good crew will fill in to the exit side of the ride and solicit singles or doubles to fill in holes. Last time at IOA they were doing this masterfully on Fire Dragon. No opportunity for re-rides, but the sight of full trains leaving the station is a beautiful thing.
"Comply with local rules and customs. If you have questions about these conditions, consult the Authority Having Jurisdiction."
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
C, of course, is just plain dumb. Even I don't do that.
Am I gonna see you *at all* between Solstice and PPPPP? ;)
Oh, and Iguess I *hafta* say something topical: 1) I take the fifth, and 2) It's not possible on coasters with separate load/unload, like MF and FoF...which kinda stinks...;) 3) BGT is okey-dokey with re-rides on empty rows...which *almost* makes row 7 the best row on Kumba....:)
I normally ask the ride op, my record having been 12 straight rides on Kumba (during normal operating hours) and 7 straight times without haveing to change my seat.
I've seen everything for no reriding at all even during light ERT to sitting in a middle seat for 10 rides in a row with an occasional roll through when no one was waiting at all. I can live with any of them.
My answer is simple and it's based ENTIRELY on a few certain criteria :
1. How far I live from this park.
2. How kick azz this coaster is.
3. How long I'd have to wait if I went around.
4. How far I have to walk from the exit to ride again (ex. Phantom's Revenge horrendous walkaround)
5. How many times I have ridden it already.
Hate to say it, and although I'm not gonna cut off some poor defenseless child to ride again, when I travel an extensive distance and my time is limited, my ethics might suffer as a result.
GENERALLY speaking though : Yes to all except C.
Edit : Down with confusing duplicate letters. :/ *** Edited 5/24/2004 12:18:59 AM UTC by Homey G.***
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