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Jun 19, 2005

Dad comes in with four kids...

They’re hardly tall enough to see over the check-in counter so I check their waiver cards to make sure they’re old enough to play. No problems.

The kids are fired up, ready to play. Dad looks over at a group of players near the T.V. that are watching the safety brief - 17, maybe 18, wearing camo and setting up their own guns.

"You kids sure you want to play against those guy?" Dad says hitching a finger toward the T.V.

And it happened in an instant. I saw it in the kid's eyes. The fun and fire turned into doubt and apprehension.

Dad says, "We want to play as a separate group."

"Sorry, Sir. You need 12 or more to make a group."

"I’ll pay for 12!"

"Well, Sir, if I could spare a referee that would mean 12 times $15."

"I don't care about the money."

"Sorry, I can’t pull a walk-on ref for a group of five."

"Well. It doesn’t seem right that these kids have to play with those adults" (ummm, hello. YOU plan to play with the kids!)

Later, I over hear Dad trying to cajole a couple of my younger refs into letting them play as a private group!

I stepped from around the corner of the gun shed and addressed the four boys. "You guys grab your gear and go out there and show those big guys how to play paintball. The refs will make sure everyone plays fair and safe!"

Man. I was fuming. I headed for my office to calm down. I didn’t care for Dad’s arrogance, I didn’t care for him putting doubt in the kid’s minds and I sure as heck didn’t care for him going around me and trying to push his way past my refs!

Four hours later I happened to be standing outside when Dad and the four kids were heading for the parking lot.

The kids were chattering away, one saying, "What a blast! - while another was telling his friend, "I’m gonna have my birthday party, here!"

Ok...I'll say it.

Sometimes I wish the Dads (and Moms) would stay home!


Jun 13, 2005

I get e-mails...

"Dear Sir/Ma'am - Do you rent paintball equipment to be used at a different location?"

Usually the e-mail will go on to explain how they have a "BIG" back yard or permission to use "Uncle Charlie's" farm. Some are even considerate enough to offer a deposit.

And usually I just say no, explaining the liability problems and that's the end of it - no grumpy, no mean!

But this e-mail caught me at the worst time (funny how timing can make such a difference in a situation).

I just came out of the woods, sweating my butt off, exhausted, thirsty, hungry after working on new bunkers and adding other improvements to the fields. And this guy wants to rent my equipment, shoot crappy Walmart paint through it, and play in his BIG back yard.

Hmmmm...He's going to spend money on gas to get here and back, I'm going to charge him rental, charge him for CO2 that he would usually get free, gas here and back to return the equipment, keep half his deposit for returning the guns trashed....!


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