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ainokeato
11-17-2009, 05:53 PM
So, here's the story, I'm sitting there outside the gym, not like right outside in the parking lot (they have rocks that are big and flat that you can sit on), so anyways I'm sitting on this rock about a half an hour early to pick up my friend. It was a nice day today not to hot not freezing either, nice uke practicing weather. I'm sitting there practicing 1,2,3,4 that plain white T's song minding my own busy saying hi and good afternoon to everyone that passes by (even though only one person returned the favor old people rule :) ).

The gym I'm waiting at that I do go to, to, has a security guard, I do often go out and sit on these rocks and practice every now and again if I finish earlier than the person I go with. Every other security guard never had a problem with me doing what i'm doing minding my own business, I even taught one how to play a song. Unfortunately today they had a bored security guard, because for some reason he needed to circle around me three times every time he passed he would stare. Not a "woah what is he playing" kinda stare a "I am bored and want to pick on someone stare.", so every time he passes I look up and notice him doing that I ignore it thinking the guy is crazy.

Then for some reason he up and parks in an empty space behind me (they use little golf carts with flashy lights), a few minutes later he drives his way down to me and says I can't play on the property. I'm like "What?" after talking for a few minutes I say fine and asked him if he owned the property across the street, of course he says no I say fine so I pick up my case walk over to my car grab my amp and mosey on over across the street plug in and get my revenge!

Didn't last long my friend finally came out and we left, gah e.e some people are so mean to us minding our own business, anyone got any stories they wanna share?

Uncle-Taco
11-17-2009, 05:59 PM
Geez.
Why did he have to circle you three times before he figured out you were breaking the rules (which I bet are written somewhere :mad:)

It would sure suck if that golf cart of his had an accident involving an open can of sardines or something. :rolleyes:

ainokeato
11-17-2009, 06:03 PM
Geez.
Why did he have to circle you three times before he figured out you were breaking the rules (which I bet are written somewhere :mad:)

It would sure suck if that golf cart of his had an accident involving an open can of sardines or something. :rolleyes:

lol No as far as I knew there weren't any rules against sitting on the rocks playing an instrument, I've been going to the gym for over two years and i'm buddy buddy with the manager that works there, I asked him if it was cool he said yeah long as I wasn't bugging anyone. None of the other security guards that would come by me to see what I was doing didn't care much, one of them was from the islands they all said the same thing, as long as I wasn't bugging any of the customers it was cool.

Melissa82
11-17-2009, 06:04 PM
Someone had a superiority complex it seems (the guard).

ainokeato
11-17-2009, 06:06 PM
Someone had a superiority complex it seems (the guard).

Iunno it didn't hurt my feelings much just very "whaa?" lol thought I'd post my story up here because it never happened to me before, most of the people were usually interested in what I was playing, not kicking me out :( .

Melissa82
11-17-2009, 06:10 PM
Iunno it didn't hurt my feelings much just very "whaa?" lol thought I'd post my story up here because it never happened to me before, most of the people were usually interested in what I was playing, not kicking me out :( .I can totally understand. I'd have my feelings hurt too. Maybe sing him a song about how he did that, lmao!

Ukulele JJ
11-17-2009, 06:32 PM
I can totally understand. I'd have my feelings hurt too. Maybe sing him a song about how he did that, lmao!

Great idea!

I suggest this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zI3_pnUU3k). :D

JJ

Pippin
11-17-2009, 08:49 PM
We had a security guard at work that I used to call One-bullet-Barney (Barney Fife, Andy Griffith show). The guy was built like Barney and took his job way too seriously. The name became popular among some of the gang at that place.

ainokeato
11-17-2009, 10:29 PM
We had a security guard at work that I used to call One-bullet-Barney (Barney Fife, Andy Griffith show). The guy was built like Barney and took his job way too seriously. The name became popular among some of the gang at that place.

lol Gotta love the security guards that take their job to seriously. I mean I have all kinds of respect for everyone, Maui boy born and raised I would get licked if I was disrespectful to anyone. But there's just that group of people, "Brah juss relax."

buddhuu
11-17-2009, 10:50 PM
What a horse's arse. Complain to the management about how the bloke is giving their establishment an officious and unwelcoming vibe. Perhaps they'll have a quiet word with him.

Blrfl
11-18-2009, 12:17 AM
... I've been going to the gym for over two years and i'm buddy buddy with the manager that works there, I asked him if it was cool he said yeah long as I wasn't bugging anyone.

If you know the manager, you should have called him on the spot with the rent-a-cop standing there and invited him outside for a chat about it.

And yes, there are a lot of Barney Fifes in that business.

--Mark

ainokeato
11-18-2009, 12:30 AM
If you know the manager, you should have called him on the spot with the rent-a-cop standing there and invited him outside for a chat about it.

And yes, there are a lot of Barney Fifes in that business.

--Mark

I would have but it was a different manager at the time I usually actually go to the gym during the evening when he's on the job, it's a 24 hour fitness gym thing they have up here in Vegas. I called him earlier and told me he'd take care of it and apologized for what happened.

ukantor
11-18-2009, 03:07 AM
I am with you all the way, but that was a one-off. In general people are very positive about uke players "doing it in the street". I often take it out and play with it in public, and all I get are smiles, waves, and taps on the car horns. The worst thing I've had to endure is the odd born-again bore who comes up and starts to talk at me, they usually end up asking me to play a George Formby song. I politely refuse, and play something I like. I'm not busking - just passing the time.

John Colter.

Spooner
11-18-2009, 04:18 PM
Someone had a superiority complex it seems (the guard).

That and a need to feel important.
This is a problem in every facet, in every portion of the world.

Miserable people everywhere who hold a minuscule portion of "power" exercise it on a regular basis just to "show their feathers" so to speak. While there is no need to use their "power" they do so because they realize just how insignificant they really are.

Some people are just...hmm how to put this in a G rated format...well...let's just say it rhymes with flask poles.

haole
11-18-2009, 05:06 PM
I'm sorry that a good uking-in-public experience turned sour for you. :( The kind of folks who stomp around with a chip on their shoulder and exercise their "authority" whenever possible are usually huge suck-ups to their superiors, and are desperately trying to get noticed because nobody else will take them seriously enough.

bbycrts
11-18-2009, 05:38 PM
I pick up my case walk over to my car grab my amp and mosey on over across the street plug in and get my revenge!

This is the most awesome response to the guy's attitude! Nice job! I hope you cranked it up to 11!

http://cache0.techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/forum_c7ff0629_spinal_tap_but_it_goes_to_eleven.jp g

Big_e
11-18-2009, 06:55 PM
See, thats what you get for not taking requests. You should've asked him what he wanted to hear.:D

Seriously, it's sad that there are bullies in this world. Maybe clarify with the manager if you can or cannot sit outside and play. Is it making the club look bad in any way? Maybe you was supposed to be inside playing instead? That would be better!
Ernest

hoosierhiver
11-19-2009, 03:18 AM
No reason you should put up with that, I'd tell his boss for sure.

buddhuu
11-19-2009, 03:36 AM
Or post the address of the establishment here on the forum, so a whole crowd of UUers can go and busk outside there en masse.

A couple of hundred ukers should do the trick... :D

nohandles
11-19-2009, 03:45 AM
Same old story of miserable people. They just can't stand to see others the have fun.

spazus_maximus
11-19-2009, 04:42 AM
I would have gone bazerko on him Uker style.....Beat his golf cart up with your uke...smash the headlight's & definately the flashy lights....Then I would have jumped on top of the cart & start to scream the ole Twisted Sister anthem..."Were not gonna take it" at the top of my lungs....posssibly even urinating on his cart freestyle while I made the transition into the most obnoxious Tip toe through the tulips ever known to man!



Dont forget to run.

Harold O.
11-19-2009, 06:04 AM
Here's one of my favorite "reply" songs, a Boozelele original classic:

http://www.youtube.com/user/boozelele#p/u/65/SF2LoAQYKbc

ukecantdothat
11-19-2009, 06:18 AM
I would have gone bazerko on him Uker style.....Beat his golf cart up with your uke...smash the headlight's & definately the flashy lights....Then I would have jumped on top of the cart & start to scream the ole Twisted Sister anthem..."Were not gonna take it" at the top of my lungs....posssibly even urinating on his cart freestyle while I made the transition into the most obnoxious Tip toe through the tulips ever known to man!



Dont forget to run.Yeah, tip toe thru this, Barney. That's the biggest crock I've heard. It's like, "Don't taze me, bro!" :eek:What's he going to do, call in back up? Next time, tell him you're going to have him arrested. Or just point your headstock at him and say, "Don't make me use this."

One Bullet Barney... I'm still laughing from that...

Ukulele JJ
11-19-2009, 07:42 AM
Okay, so maybe I'm just an old fart, but I don't really see what the big deal is.

You're sitting on private property, playing a musical instrument. Someone comes along and tells you to scram.

So what? Why all the fuss?

It's not like we have the right to go anywhere we want and play anything we want. If I decided to walk down the street to the McDonald's and stand in the parking lot playing "Lady of Spain" on my accordion, should I get all in a hissy if a security guard asks me to leave?

If you've played the uke in the parking lot before, it was because you were allowed to do so. They don't owe it to you. You can't get mad at someone for no longer granting you a favor.

And I wouldn't necessarily categorize the public performance of music as "minding one's own business."


JJ


P.S. :old:

Big_e
11-19-2009, 08:10 AM
Well the OP goes there everyday. I can see if he just went once or twice or not a member, then, yeah it would be no big deal, just scram.
The OP does go to the gym, other guards did let him play his uke outside and one guard even took lessons. It's just a matter of clarifying with the manager if he can or cannot play his uke outside.
Me, I say the OP is a member of the health club too, is enjoying recreational activities and the guard needs to take a walk.
Maybe I'm getting too old.
Ernest

ukecantdothat
11-19-2009, 08:46 AM
Okay, so maybe I'm just an old fart, but I don't really see what the big deal is.

It's not like we have the right to go anywhere we want and play anything we want. If I decided to walk down the street to the McDonald's and stand in the parking lot playing "Lady of Spain" on my accordion, should I get all in a hissy if a security guard asks me to leave?

JJ

P.S. :old:
That's a good point. Sure the uke is harmless enough, but what if I brought my neighbor with his bagpipe along? I really do have a neighbor with a bagpipe. He's quite good. And even though he's quite good, I'm pretty sure security would at least have a word with him. Then what? He points to me and says, "You let him play..." Then we're on the slippery slope of discrimination.

RonS
11-19-2009, 08:57 AM
some reason he needed to circle around me three times

[snip]

Then for some reason he up and parks in an empty space behind me (they use little golf carts with flashy lights), a few minutes later he drives his way down to me and says I can't play on the property.


Wow, you must be pretty scary looking.
I'm surprise he didn't call the uke swat team for backup.

:D

primo2extremo
11-19-2009, 09:56 PM
well my science teacher is fat and stupid...
i bring uke to school sometimes to jam with my mates..
and no other teachers hd any problem wit me brinin a uke to class as long as i dont play durin play class...i mean some of them wnts to hv a go ...
nd yet the FAT B***** confescated my uke... and didnt giv it back for like a week... hate her much!!!! and i mean...i didnt even touch the uke durin class....nd she thought it ws a "distraction" to others

Bluke
11-20-2009, 06:12 AM
I hate when that happens.

Shoulda just sat there and ignored him.

Fuzzy
11-20-2009, 06:57 AM
well my science teacher... confescated my uke... and didnt giv it back for like a week... hate her much!!!! and i mean...i didnt even touch the uke durin class....nd she thought it ws a "distraction" to others
Maybe she took it home for the week so she could play it herself...

ukecantdothat
11-20-2009, 08:55 AM
Maybe she took it home for the week so she could play it herself...Yeah, that could be. Why a week? What kind of uke was it? Maybe she wanted to compare a tenor to her soprano... Was it a tenor?... Or maybe she has a thing for spalted wood... Was it spalted???... It was spalted, wasn't it...? Somethin' about b****es and spalt... All solid? Slotted headstock? Don't even tell me slotted! Glad you got it back. What kind of shape was it in when she returned it? Looks like you learned a lesson, which is... umm... If you're bringing your uke to class, people are expecting you to play, which distracts them, so don't be so disruptive in class - PLAY!!! - Hey, it's what they want.:shaka:

jenford
11-20-2009, 03:26 PM
maybe he thought you were busking - i practice my fiddle outside at work during lunch hour and a new guard didn't know me and gave me a hard time.
No soliciting on premises etc....

Matt Clara
11-20-2009, 04:38 PM
Someone had a superiority complex it seems (the guard).

Melissa, some day we're going to chip in and pay to have your cheek separated from that guy's shoulder. I'm not sure how it happened, or how it seemingly switches cheeks from pic to pic (was one shot in a mirror???), but we're only too happy to help you afford the surgery.


(where's the "tongue in cheek" emoticon?)

joehempel
11-20-2009, 07:00 PM
Did you run into Paul Blart the Gym Guard? :D

That seriously sucks bro. I bet he won't last that long.

Melissa82
12-12-2009, 04:18 PM
Melissa, some day we're going to chip in and pay to have your cheek separated from that guy's shoulder. I'm not sure how it happened, or how it seemingly switches cheeks from pic to pic (was one shot in a mirror???), but we're only too happy to help you afford the surgery.


(where's the "tongue in cheek" emoticon?)LOL! I have no idea how I missed this. In fact... I can't even remember how I got back to this thread. :p