A tempting morsel plucked from the Triples Bring and Buy....and paid for!
I read with interest your article on the Triples show and with some concern about thefts off the bring and buy, Mark has had to put up with a lot of flak over the past because of light fingered toe rags who think taking advantage of the crowds to steal is fun and an easy way to add to their collections. I know Mark and his staff have all sorts of things to contend with out the added pressure of trying to keep a constant look out for thieves.
I and a couple of others fell victim to thieves a couple of years ago when we as a club, (Mosborough and District), put on an Ancients game using the Warhammer rule set. Everything went well on the Saturday doing the usual, taking in turns to play the game or surf the show and picking up purchases along the way, Marvellous, all had a good day and we decided to go home and refresh ready for the following days demo'ing and talking to Joe public.When we returned the following day at least a dozen or two figures had been stolen. All single based skirmish figures, we were extremely mad about this, mainly because in all the years we had attended the show we had never once had anything stolen.
We have since decided that as a club we do not leave the show until the last moments before they lock the doors and then get their as soon as the doors open. This way we can ensure the figures are left alone as little as possible. This is unfortunately a sign of the times as thieves do not get what I feel they should get as punishment, (severing of hands). I do sympathise with people that have had things stolen but, you cannot blame Mark or anyone else that runs a bring and buy, to blame when something is stolen.
All I can suggest is that if any one sees someone thieving report them to the vendor or the club that runs the stall or game or if their is a security guard tell them, (If you are lucky enough to find one). What these thieves don't realise is that stealing off people is not doing these shows any good, vendors and Clubs will stop going to the shows and that will be the end of it.
On a different but I feel related note I noticed at one show we attend regularly a young lad sat at our game, he was with us that long I actually thought he was a siamese twin, the lad then started picking up marker figures and messing around with them, he was told to leave them alone, (Nicely), which he did for a short while and then he was at it again, he was again told, and soon after his father came to collect him.
Not only was the fathers attitude unacceptable, Oh look son here's a good creche play nicely with the peoples figures, but when ever my son, (he's 10), happens to go to a show with me he never leaves my side or touches any figures, (save mine). Why can't people take their responsibilities seriously they can't expect others to take care of their kids while they disappear and do their own thing.
Lastly could I be cheeky an plug a link to our club site which I run the address is http://mysite.freeserve.com/m.a.d.wargamesclub
There is a letters page campaign reports and other items of interest to gamers as well as a where we are what we do section.
Thanks for your time John much appreciated see you at Partizan
Steve (Mosborough and District wargames club).
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