The Eurofurence Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Eurofurence 25 "Fractures in Time" - Estrel Hotel Berlin, August 14-18, 2019Follow eurofurence on Twitter

Pages: [1] 2   Go Down

Author Topic: "Sefurity" shirts.  (Read 8031 times)

o kill

  • The Daily Eurofurence
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 5
"Sefurity" shirts.
« on: 08.09.2010, 00:37:41 »

During dead dog party when I came down in fursuit wearing my Sefurity shirt 3 staff members came up to me to tell me that I can't wear that shirt and that I'd have to change immediatly.

Eh? What?
I don't see anything harmfull in wearing a t-shirt that says "Sefurity".

After not complying with the request for 3 times I was finally told an actually reason:
"I't might confuse people into thinking you're are a security team member. And that there where complaints that people where acting up like security team members"
I didn't know security staff did service in fursuits? 0.o

I told them that I don't see any reason for me to change my t-shirt. (I could have but the only other t-shirt left was exactly the same.. So not much use for that.)

Any way afther I made them "clear" about how I felt about it they went away to check it out with someguy and came back later to tell me that it didn't matter any more because the con was technically over but also not... Yeah that makes things clear.

Later I checked the rules and yet I can't find one that would forbid me wearing such a t-shirt.. But I do wonder of one will magically appear next time after saying these words...

But still There are a few Dutch peeps with those shirts since.. I think ef 14 and we have never had any problems before nor have any of us tried to trick people into believing us being security.

Unrelated note: almost all of he people wearing those shirts are actually trained in security and/or first-aid. And are even staff members of EF...
Logged

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #1 on: 08.09.2010, 01:04:59 »

Okay, let me clear up these things a bit.

First off: Thank you for your kind words. The other "guy" next to Gyroplast who picked up those glass-pieces was I. Gyroplast and I form the Head Of Security.

Regarding those t-shirts / jackets, whatever:

You ARE right that there isn't a rule about this yet. The problem is that someone wearing such a shirt gave himself out as "official security of eurofurence" and gave guests wrong information and even asked a guest to move to his room for nothing. There were some complaints about that from various, not related guests so we decided we would not allow anything anymore at EF that might be mistaken for real security.

We didn't set up a rule just for that since the incident at EF 15 was the only time someone so blatantly tricked our guests and there are very few who wore these shirts at all. We like to keep our RoC simple. The rule on which we might have forced you to change would be simple:
Quote
The Chief of Security reserves the right to impose any and all sanctions against violators of these rules or those persons involved in any other unacceptable behavior. The definition of unacceptable behavior remains at the sole discretion of the Chief of Security and the Board of Directors. Sanctions may range from a friendly reminder to an indefinite ban from the convention.

That was also the reason why Gyroplast asked our Vice-Chairman if we make a exception for this because it was the last night of the con and you were in suit at that time. I can't give you a final answer whether we'll allow it or not in future yet.

Nobody except the actual eurofurence security staff officially enforces our rules or may use the domestic authority. There are reasons we choose our security staff very carefully.

But that little problem left aside I really appreciate your compliments and I'll gladly forward it to our team.

Best wishes,

Dhary
« Last Edit: 08.09.2010, 01:07:11 by Dhary Montecore »
Logged

Tsanawo

  • Stage Tech
  • Stage Team
  • Country: nl
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 366
  • Silly Raccoon
    • DutchPaw
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #2 on: 08.09.2010, 01:18:28 »

Ah, great...

Was it one of the Sefurity shirts? Or was it someone with a shirt stating security giving misinformation?
Because there are not a lot of those Sefurity shirts in circulation, and if it was a Sefurity shirt during EF15, the list of people actually having one of those with them is quite short.

Just to be clear on the subject, it would be a pity if the shirts and vests wouldn't be allowed during EF any more.
Logged
If all the world’s a stage… I want better lighting!

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #3 on: 08.09.2010, 01:25:58 »

Was it one of the Sefurity shirts? Or was it someone with a shirt stating security giving misinformation?

Yes, it was a male person, wearing a "Sefurity" Shirt who told a few guest that some event had been canceled, leading them to miss it and ordering another guest to go to his room for the rest of the night without any reason. That guest was the first to come to me to complain about "my" security.
Logged

Tsanawo

  • Stage Tech
  • Stage Team
  • Country: nl
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 366
  • Silly Raccoon
    • DutchPaw
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #4 on: 08.09.2010, 01:33:54 »

I did see someone of to his room with Hoyt during EF15, but I can't recall if I was wearing my Sefurity shirt or vest at the moment.
I don't even know if that's the same guy, reason for seeing him off, which was also stated to him, was that the fine gentlemen had had a little too much of an intoxicating substance into his system and too little sleep, so he needed the rest.

This might explain the one thing, I don't know about the other. I'd like to know before EuroFurence 17 what your decision on this is, so I know if I can pack my vest, or need to bring along another. :)
Logged
If all the world’s a stage… I want better lighting!

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #5 on: 08.09.2010, 01:52:43 »

I did see someone of to his room with Hoyt during EF15, but I can't recall if I was wearing my Sefurity shirt or vest at the moment.
I don't even know if that's the same guy, reason for seeing him off, which was also stated to him, was that the fine gentlemen had had a little too much of an intoxicating substance into his system and too little sleep, so he needed the rest.

This might explain the one thing, I don't know about the other. I'd like to know before EuroFurence 17 what your decision on this is, so I know if I can pack my vest, or need to bring along another. :)

That incident has nothing to do with the mentioned one.

The guest who had been told to got up to his room didn't obey and came to me, since he knew me and asked me about it.

Anyway you'll get the decision early enough, don't worry. :)
Logged

Bigwig

  • Regular Member
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 21
  • Suitname: Shadowhunter
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #6 on: 08.09.2010, 21:50:13 »

@o kill:

That was quite a bit bold not to accept a such reasonably explained restriction... What do you think the Con would end up for security team if every guest would reserve the right for decisions being endlessly discussed. Security members are paying guests like you and me and already have a tough job and should be granted some respect rather than being degraded to gophers bringing your little insignificant issue to the vice president (and I would rather worry to be kicked from the convention rather than expecting "justice" if that happened to me).

I witnessed the very diplomatic way some (good looking) fetish head-gear was acknowledged to be good looking to the fur but unfortunately not acceptable to be worn during the convention. Certainly noone felt unfair treated. But friendliness should not lead to not respecting their decissions.

BTW: I saw you in Suit with the t-shirt and was puzzled for a few seconds (after visiting >20 conventions). A well trained security member may wear a fursuit - why not? Other fursuiters may expect reasonable security when such a dressed suiter is the only one around with you in front of the hotel in the middle of the night. And if you claim to wear T-Shirts with "sefurity" on it you make it at the same time impossible for them to do the same and doom them to wear ordinary "security" shirts.
« Last Edit: 08.09.2010, 21:52:24 by Bigwig »
Logged

Zefiro

  • Pawpeteer
  • IT Department
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 1689
    • Zefiros Höhle
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #7 on: 08.09.2010, 22:07:15 »

Also, please don't wear labcoats. You might be confused with an actual doctor.
Logged

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #8 on: 08.09.2010, 22:08:39 »

Also, please don't wear labcoats. You might be confused with an actual doctor.

Zefiro: Would you mind keeping non relevant comments out of the thread please? The decision for this lies only with the Head of Security and the Board of directors.
Logged

o kill

  • The Daily Eurofurence
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 5
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #9 on: 08.09.2010, 23:15:36 »

@o kill:

That was quite a bit bold not to accept a such reasonably explained restriction...


I would have complied if they had offered me a reasonable explanation immediatly.
But if you'd read my post properly, you would have seen it took me 3 refuses to get any explanation at all.


Logged

Tsanawo

  • Stage Tech
  • Stage Team
  • Country: nl
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 366
  • Silly Raccoon
    • DutchPaw
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #10 on: 08.09.2010, 23:17:30 »

@Zefiro: Although I like your point, your missing the small piece that states that someone was claiming to be security during EF15.

I've checked and there are in total 6 people who have the shirt, none of them imposed as security during EF15, so I am wondering who did? And where he got the clothing from?

I can also fully understand the situation if it isn't allowed any more, especially since we're now in a public accessible venture and people might get confused. I'm part of a security team in the Netherlands myself, and we also actively enforce a no shirts may resemble our shirts or state security on them either on the front or on the back.

Still I find it strange that apparently last year there were problems with the shirts and I have heard nothing about it, while every other day one of us was wearing their shirt...

But this was originally for comments about the security staff during EuroFurence 16, and I have to say I have no complains on that. Their response time was excellent, wherever there was trouble there was one of the Gyroplast clones, and if all clones were busy there was Dhary, although I am wondering if they've cloned him too, since I also see him climbing up and down the stage a lot.
I didn't notice any incidents, so a tip of the hat for the security team of EF; You did an excellent job.
Logged
If all the world’s a stage… I want better lighting!

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #11 on: 08.09.2010, 23:23:27 »

But this was originally for comments about the security staff during EuroFurence 16, and I have to say I have no complains on that. Their response time was excellent, wherever there was trouble there was one of the Gyroplast clones, and if all clones were busy there was Dhary, although I am wondering if they've cloned him too, since I also see him climbing up and down the stage a lot.
I didn't notice any incidents, so a tip of the hat for the security team of EF; You did an excellent job.

Thank you very much :) To be exact, there aren't really any clones of us. We just project ourself where needed. Although it'll be much less stressful once they're done moving the main AI to the Storage 9. Oh... well, not that interesting anyway :)
Logged

Gyroplast

  • H.C. Chief of Security
  • Convention Security Operative
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 680
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #12 on: 08.09.2010, 23:28:50 »

Please allow me to sum this up from my perspective.

First off, it was reported to us that on EF15, someone wearing such a Sefurity-shirt actually mislead another attendee by impersonating EF security, knowingly or not. I do not think it is necessary at all to explain how this is something we'd like to avoid. Unfortunately, not every attendee insists on checking the badge of someone claiming to be security if other criterias suggest proper authority at a first glance.

For this reason we agreed to watch out for Sefurity insignia this year and ask people not to wear them at all to prevent any confusion, especially in case of an emergency.

However, when I stumbled over okill in suit with his shirt on, it was *technically* after the convention ended, during the Dead Dog Party. Security is in a bit of a limbo at this time, as our mandate formally ends on Sunday at noon, but we're still needed until Monday morning, as we had to realize once again this year as it was pointed out by the original poster of this thread. Nevertheless we tend to be more lax on sunday.

As I was talking to okill about his shirt and how I wanted him to take it off lest he may be mistaken for actual security, he explained to me how he was staffer in the stage area. While I cannot endorse his clearly annoyed attitude towards my explanations, I chalked this up to intoxication and quickly checked back with Nightfox, who was standing at the bar right behind us at the moment, if he had any problem with me giving a staffer special permission to wear this shirt. He didn't, so I let it slide and tended to other, more important problems.

I still don't see a need for a Lex Sefurity in the RoC, but it's sad that I had an actual *discussion* about this with a staffer. I wonder if there were similar discussions if unrelated people started wearing "Pawpeteer" or "Stage Crew" shirts, or if those would be tolerated by the respective crew with as much as a raised eyebrow.

Either way, this issue isn't limited to sefurity-shirts. It also covers red lanyards worn by non-staffers, badges that look alike current security or staffer badges and other shirts that suggest certain privileges, so we'll need some time to think about this and see if it actually is a problem needing explicit mentioning in the rules.

Most security members don't know all the reasons behind every single rule we ever created. Hell, even *I* don't! That's why they're supposed to escalate to me if there's a discussion cropping up, so I wonder how okill was buggered three times without me being called earlier already to sort this out. This is exactly the situation we'd like to avoid. However, I don't see how plainly ignoring a security member's instructions three times because you "didn't get a reasonable explanation" is proper handling of the situation, either.

Regards,
  Gyro
Logged
Give a man a fish, cats will pester him for a day. Teach a man to fish, cats will plague him for a lifetime.

Dhary Montecore

  • Decoration
  • Country: de
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 2474
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #13 on: 08.09.2010, 23:35:08 »

Please allow me to sum this up from my perspective.

First off, it was reported to us that on EF15, someone wearing such a Sefurity-shirt actually mislead another attendee by impersonating EF security, knowingly or not. I do not think it is necessary at all to explain how this is something we'd like to avoid. Unfortunately, not every attendee insists on checking the badge of someone claiming to be security if other criterias suggest proper authority at a first glance.

For this reason we agreed to watch out for Sefurity insignia this year and ask people not to wear them at all to prevent any confusion, especially in case of an emergency.

However, when I stumbled over okill in suit with his shirt on, it was *technically* after the convention ended, during the Dead Dog Party. Security is in a bit of a limbo at this time, as our mandate formally ends on Sunday at noon, but we're still needed until Monday morning, as we had to realize once again this year as it was pointed out by the original poster of this thread. Nevertheless we tend to be more lax on sunday.

As I was talking to okill about his shirt and how I wanted him to take it off lest he may be mistaken for actual security, he explained to me how he was staffer in the stage area. While I cannot endorse his clearly annoyed attitude towards my explanations, I chalked this up to intoxication and quickly checked back with Nightfox, who was standing at the bar right behind us at the moment, if he had any problem with me giving a staffer special permission to wear this shirt. He didn't, so I let it slide and tended to other, more important problems.

I still don't see a need for a Lex Sefurity in the RoC, but it's sad that I had an actual *discussion* about this with a staffer. I wonder if there were similar discussions if unrelated people started wearing "Pawpeteer" or "Stage Crew" shirts, or if those would be tolerated by the respective crew with as much as a raised eyebrow.

Either way, this issue isn't limited to sefurity-shirts. It also covers red lanyards worn by non-staffers, badges that look alike current security or staffer badges and other shirts that suggest certain privileges, so we'll need some time to think about this and see if it actually is a problem needing explicit mentioning in the rules.

Most security members don't know all the reasons behind every single rule we ever created. Hell, even *I* don't! That's why they're supposed to escalate to me if there's a discussion cropping up, so I wonder how okill was buggered three times without me being called earlier already to sort this out. This is exactly the situation we'd like to avoid. However, I don't see how plainly ignoring a security member's instructions three times because you "didn't get a reasonable explanation" is proper handling of the situation, either.

Regards,
  Gyro

First off, I think he meant YOU asked him three times that night. And second: There is no person named "o kill" as official member of the stage-crew.

Anyway, I think it's time for our moderators to clean up this thread to it's original intention and move the discussion somewhere else.
Logged

o kill

  • The Daily Eurofurence
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Gender: Male
  • Posts: 5
"Sefurity" shirts.
« Reply #14 on: 09.09.2010, 01:19:49 »

Let me make clear that I never said that I was part of staff or stage crew. I gave them the opportunity to see part of my face trough my suit and even showed my badge+lanyard. I would have expected that Dhary would have recognised me.

What I did mentioned is that I spend quite amount of effort and time in helping getting lights up and running.

It also might not have helped that at the time that I was in suit, the surroundings are noisy and that I was approached by 3 people at once requesting me to change my shirt.
And that approach made me feel not-appreciated to what I have done to help out.(even if it was not intended that way, but at the time I did feel that way.)

I find it a bit offensive to say that I was drunk as I never drink enough to even get intoxicated.
Logged
Pages: [1] 2   Go Up