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    Spokane seat poaching

    Just curious as to how you all feel about seat poaching during the lesser attended competitions at nationals. I have a great seat but at Lake Placid, there was a guy the size of a Mac truck in front of me that I could not see over and around, and I am 6 ft 2" , So I just went and sat with folks I knew. If someone came and claimed my seat, I just moved. But that only happened when Yuna was skating.....

    Personally, if someone has bought an all event package and couldnt afford a good seat, I have no problem if they move up during the novice dance comps.
    just to see what its like.....although many can successfully argue it is theft.

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    Seat poaching at Worlds in LA

    I have no problem with seat poaching within reason. I am an older adult who can afford good seats, and I sympathize with youngsters who cannot. But let me relate my experience at Worlds in LA.

    I had a pretty good aisle seat about 11 rows from the front. I expected a certain amount of discomfort at having to stand up to let people get past me to their seats. However, 3 seats on my row belonged to people I came to refer to as "the Brazilians," (at least the older woman who paid for the seats was Brazilian).

    The young men with the older lady were never satisfied, always looking for better seats, which meant constant coming and going. They would go down to the front and take a seat during ladies long, for example, knowing that the owner would eventually show up; then back they would come to my row to take their rightful seats. It was so bad that even a lady in the row opposite me commented on what a nuisance it must be for me.

    On the last day of competition, I had finally had enough. One of the young men who had been in an out 5 or 6 times already wanted his seat back on my row. He stared at me. I did nothing. He asked if I could let him pass. I asked if he was finished moving about, and he said "Maybe."

    So I would say, seat poaching is okay during less-well-attended sessions, but please keep your seat when the house is nearly full. Your moving about blocks views and inconveniences other attendees.

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    We call those folks "bungees" at football - the ones that are up and down all during the game - bathroom, hot dog, hot chocolate, water, coke, bathroom....they are told to stay in the aisle until the play is over in our section (no one around us has qualms with being brutally honest about rudeness).

    I have no problem with "seat poaching" so long as you don't irritate me doing it....

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    Good point! I dont condone poaching during an event, especially during the major ones. If I have to get up and leave for a bit I try and not disturb people and certainly dont go up and down the isles during a skate. The Brazilian story was interestiong....I wonder if that is part of their culture?

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    When me and my friend went to the worlds in LA we had nosebleed seats for the Mens SP but noticed halfway through thr event that the place wasn't near full so we moved down to like the 10th row or so. Nobody bothered us and it was so cool. On the other hand, there was none of that for the ladies freeskate, there were guards at every entrance... if you had the worst seats in the house... too bad.

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    I dont blame the seat Nazis at Worlds...they were polite and only doing what they were told...like cram all the fans for some practice sessions into one or two sections, then kick them out for the skating spectacular practice, then let them back in for it. Maybe they should sell poaching tickets...kinda of like flying standby....

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