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I've only been here a little while but already I'm seeing a glut of threads detailing how someone had a gaming session ruined at their local GW because some farts came into the shop and started making fun of the miniatures and staff and stuff. What I want to know is why people take this so much to heart?
The way I look at it they're clowns, most of the time they're aged between 13-18 and have nowt better to do than aggrevate someone. Anyone. The queue in Burger King was too long, we're not allowed to go home for another two hours because mum's new boyfriend is there, and we've got no money left to spend on tracksuits. What to do? I know let's go into Games Workshop and laugh at the little toy soldier models. Maybe get one of those bikes and make vroom vroom noises as we roll it up and down the hills or get an alien and throw it across the shop. Hey Davey, you're a big brave soldier; darezya to steal one of the little robot men! Hee hee wouldn't that be fun! Not like the little nerds in the shop will stop us because we are large, overbearing specimens of humanity. One of my exes worked behind the counter in Ann Summers and she used to come home with similar stories; kids would come in and take the piss out of the customers, giggle at the vibrators and try to nick the pleasure gel. Basically what they were doing is going to a place where there were things that they didn't understand fully, applying their infantile understanding to them and then laughing at them because they think there's something risible or "sad" about it. They're the type of people who are curious or intrigued, their friends are too but none want any of the others to think they'd consider getting into something that isn't widely accepted in their little peer group (be it playing wargames or buying your girl a set of frilly undies ).
They're not really to be feared or slapped, they're to be pitied. I know what they're like because I used to do this exact thing before the shop moved and I grew a brain. Luckily for me I saw the light in college and realised that people who make fun of people for having hobbies are turds who are jealous because they want to take it up but are slaves to peer pressure, or are the type of idiots who will usually end up banged up before they get to 25.
After that epiphany I never really bothered paying much attention to them. It'd fill me with a happy feeling and possibly cause me to do a lil' happy-happy dance if more people would do the same. Most of the time one wargamer is worth ten of the little scrotes who make fun of them, just keep that in mind and you'll find it a lot easier to ignore them
A great post Heathen though I have known a couple of little kids (11 year olds) who come in and play with your models in the middle of a match. What can you do? :wacko:
They're kids, kids are stoopid, you can't really legislate for that. If they're small enough you could always glue some Whirlwinds to their shoulders and use them as Warhounds
Good Post Heathen.
Love the Topic Title too, get the word from Porridge by any chance?
Life is too serious to be taken seriously
No mate, I live in a block of council flats with some proper "characters", and my family affectionately refer to the block as Scrote Towers. Plus that was my "army name" ;c
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Hah, my store has been using a new method recently to get rid of the fools. The fools yell "nerds" into the store, and then we run over to the door and yells fatty fatty, fat, your so fat, why are you so fat, you dam fatty, get your face face outta my sight.
and to say it really works and they get outta of there as fast as possible.
Also a local gamer was going to school a long way away. And at his local hobby store all the customers were old salts way back from the rouge trader days. anyway a kid yells "nerd" into the store, and this really built gamer chases this kid catches him beats the crap outta him and then goes back to the store. Hah and then they saw the kid again and he didnt say a thing and his friends also learned dont mess with thoes gamers.
what my store goes to get rid ppl like that is for the staff members to talk to tem and ask about their armies and asking them if they want to know how to play , that usally gets rid of them :yes:
Its the same at my store.its like in the center of chav capital (tjk knows what i mean, even if none else does).so they always come in and start lifting up models and going"what does this do?".It really annoys me.However our staff are great and seasoned pro's at getting rid of them,they just ask,"would you like a demo game?"Originally Posted by TJK
"would you like to buy anything?"
"what would you like then, a free painting lesson?"
"ill be off now"
However often gamers themselves can be a bigger pain than people who couldnt care less about the hobby.One kid stole one of the staff's armies from the store room and walked out.He did get caught like a week later i think, but everyone else in the store got banned for 2 weeks until the staff found out who nicked the stuff.But you cant blame them, youd be prtty annoyed(for want of a better word) if someone just stole your army.
Sad thing is, technically you cant just stop someone coming in a shop because you think theyll cause trouble,you have to wait for them to wreak havoc first.Shame isnt it?
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Someone stole something from the store I frequent too. I'm not too sure on the details, but he got caught and one of the staff members (who I swear had to have been part of some mercenary unit before going into PR and GW) took him outside into the mall area. He started giving him this really quite string of threats and epitaphs, and apparently, about three seconds nobody would step within 3 yards of the two. I understand the tongue lashing went on for about 10 minutes straight, and the kid returned the stuff and ran home.
A week later or so the kid's mom called.