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Volunteering at Bumbershoot

This was an amazingly positive experience. For two days, I spent 4 hours each day handing out wrist bands for the headlining act. Sunday was quite a busy day with a lot of people wanting to go to the show that night. There was a lot more people at the festival in general that day, though, because the weather was better. The people I was working with in the booth were all very interesting and I enjoyed talking with them all very much. The people I was handing out wrist bands to were for the most part all very friendly and happy to be getting to see the headlining acts of the day. On Saturday, it was everclear and the only problem people seemed to have was that the wristbands were pink. On Monday, Jewel was playing and some guys were insecure about the fact that they were seeing Jewel. Most of them were getting dragged by their girlfriends.

The most interesting experience with the whole situation was by far the two times I was offered bribes. The rules were that I had to put the wristbands on each arm. I was not allowed to just give people wristbands so that they could put them on later. Some people had problems with this, though. On Sunday, a lady came up to me and asked if she could have an extra wristband for a friend of hers that was showing up later. When I said no, she offered me $20 for the wristband. This was quite a shock. These things are free and I'm a volunteer. Taking money for them seems really wrong to me. I ended up turning her down and she went off to some other volunteer to see if she could get one from them. Then on Monday, I was asked the same question again. This time, it was two guys who happened to be vendors. They didn't offer money. Instead, they offered to bring everyone working in the booth free food. This time, I accepted and got a free burger out of the deal. The reasons I took the offer this time were the following. First, the guys were offering food instead of money. This in itself doesn't seem as bad. I was hungry and the food was good. Second, they were vendors and I have a lot more sympathy for them then the regular festival goers.
Poll #57518 bribes

Would you take the bribe if you were in my situation?

I would have taken the money.
0(0.0%)
I would have taken the food.
13(46.4%)
I would have taken both bribes.
9(32.1%)
I would have taken neither bribes.
6(21.4%)

Volunteering for Bumbershoot was great. I got a free t-shirt and a free pass to get into the EMP and they had free water and ice cream for volunteers as well. It was totally worth it in my mind and I'll do it next year.


Tonight at Dante's, it was Chris's last monday night. He is our favorite bartender and he will be missed.

Opening the store in the morning. It's time to go sleep.

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elsnaibs
Sep. 3rd, 2002 08:53 am (UTC)
Since the guys there were vendors and not
just random people, I think it was fine. I
know I traded plugs on stage for food and
stuff when I worked The Bite of Seattle.
patrick
Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:15 am (UTC)
This is my justification as well.
collegegirl
Sep. 3rd, 2002 09:32 am (UTC)
Why oh why do I click on both when I mean neither? Read I cannot. :/
patrick
Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:16 am (UTC)
hehhe. It's ok. LJ polls can always be changed. :)
snowgddess
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:38 am (UTC)
how did you get the chance to volunteer? i'd like to do that sometime.
patrick
Sep. 3rd, 2002 06:35 pm (UTC)
Back in the beginning of the summer, I went to the bumbershoot website. There was a section about them looking for volunteers for bumbershoot. I filled out a form and then they contacted me about a month ago.
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