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krisskross
04-20-2009, 03:43 PM
anyone else have security complaints? Place them here?

I got carded 6 times on Saturday alone. I even got carded IN the beer garden while i was buying a drink. What the hell is the use of the wristbands if they card you everytime you try to enter the beer garden.

Toothpick
04-20-2009, 03:46 PM
i didnt even get the pat down/frisk at the entrance this year..

krisskross
04-20-2009, 03:54 PM
no? i noticed guys had it a lot worse as far as the extent of the pat down.

i honestly dont know why i kept getting carded. yes, i look somewhat young. but what pissed me off was the loads of underagers that went right in without being hassled.

WhyTheLongFace
04-20-2009, 04:10 PM
i didnt even get the pat down/frisk at the entrance this year..

shhhhhhhhhhhhh! Don't say that outloud

WhyTheLongFace
04-20-2009, 04:11 PM
And no complaints with security but I was fucking dumb. My friend gavce me a wristband to get into the beer garden and I put it on the wrong hand and got stopped. lulz. Whatever I'll be 21 next Coachella.

anonimouse
04-20-2009, 04:23 PM
i'd have to give the uniformed security a thumbs up this year

didnt seem like they had the entire US armed forces on leave running security like they did last year with squads of security guards running into tents just to bust some kid smoking a joint. i hardly even noticed they were there other than entering and exiting and i never saw anything bad that required them.

consistingof
04-20-2009, 04:25 PM
they were slacking so bad. it was fantastic

bigc1
04-20-2009, 04:30 PM
security wasn't too bad this year as far as the campground and festival entrance. I still wish they would lighten up though

frazzles
04-20-2009, 04:37 PM
Shit man, I got "too close" to sidestage entrance barrier at the Sahara and this motherfucker just pushed the shit out of me. It was whatever, though even if it was completely uncalled for.

jimmycrackcorn
04-20-2009, 04:41 PM
And no complaints with security but I was fucking dumb. My friend gavce me a wristband to get into the beer garden and I put it on the wrong hand and got stopped. lulz. Whatever I'll be 21 next Coachella.

:rotfl i did the same F@#$ING thing! i cut mine off from friday and put it on my GF's LEFT arm instead of the right one! i realized what i had done when i got back to the festival on saturday and they asked "right arm please" to put on a new one for me... i'm glad we realized it before she got embarassed at the gate...

-shrugs-

she'll be 21 next coachella too :thu

g0k1ngsg0
04-20-2009, 04:46 PM
i walked right in all 3 days, never even stopped for a pat down or asked to empty my pockets. I wasn't the only one either.

I only saw one altercation, near the main stage after YYY some indio PD had a knee in this girls back and were talking to her boyfriend I guess. the girl was like 5'4 and 100 pounds soaking wet, not sure why she needed to be treated like that.

Dr. Lufs-al-ot
04-20-2009, 06:10 PM
complaints?
hell to the no
i didn't even get a pat down this year!
just a look in my bag and that was it!!!

SubBass49
04-20-2009, 06:22 PM
Security gets a HUGE THUMBS UP from me this year. Seriously. They were chill and friendly, and they didnt power trip on people at all. In fact, I saw some of them being VERY respectful and friendly to people who were smoking herb...they just asked them to put it out and once the people did, they walked away.

Seriously...Coachella Security gets MUCH RESPECT this year.

THANK YOU!!!

SubBass49
04-20-2009, 07:06 PM
Just some advice though...best NOT to mention the security search flaws/overlooks here, or they're likely to be fixed next year. Let's just keep 'em to ourselves...

kronz420
04-20-2009, 09:56 PM
was it just me or was the elite security team in red shirts all pretty much elderly?

Mr.Nipples
04-20-2009, 10:15 PM
the poser norte looking motherfucker working the camping entrance on sunday night. had the attitude of a TSA officer at auschwitz and was obviously under the influence. a friend of mine gave him attitude in kind after getting tired of his shit to which he responded by asking us where we lived. his coworker told him to settle down and for us to get lost. it seemed as if it wasnt the first time it happened that weekend...

trombonehooker
04-20-2009, 10:40 PM
the security guards that we got all three days were really nice. all three days i brought in snacks and lots of cold water. the security guards would just smile and have me move along. on saturday i took some pringles in and the security guard said "be careful with these, i know they're so good that you can get your hand stuck trying to get the last couple of crumbs out" i laughed and i offered him some, and he took some. on sunday as my hands were occupied with my wallet, phone, keys, cash the security asked me if i can please lift my hat off, he saw me struggle trying to do it and he said "thats fine man, here let me get that for you" and then he told me to have a good time, and enjoy myself. all three day were like this.

trombonehooker
04-20-2009, 10:44 PM
was it just me or was the elite security team in red shirts all pretty much elderly?

lol yeah, but alot of them were nice. this older security guard was "guarding" the artist trailer park entrance (where you need a mainstage/sidestage wristband to enter) and i walked right thru like five times with only my vip wristband. the whole time he kept saying "back again son?" really nice

Still-ill
04-20-2009, 10:48 PM
While checking into the campgrounds I was hassled a bit, I had a lot of stuff, so after I got frisked they made me stand out of the way as they checked my last bag. Anyways, one of the security guards walked up and passive-aggressively said, "Yo, you're gonna have to move" I just pointed at my bag and he yelled, "I don't care who you're waiting for, move along!" Then I told it was my bag I was waiting for, obviously not listening he said, "Hey if you can't move then I'll make you move, toothpick!" Then the Irish temper I inherited came out, I raised my voice, "My Bag, Choptop!" (keep in mind he was some hick army-trash with nascar sun glasses). I won.


But honestly, I understand keeping things tidy, but he was a way out of line imo.

johnnypolite
04-21-2009, 12:14 AM
i didnt even get the pat down/frisk at the entrance this year..

Same here.

homEsick
04-21-2009, 01:45 AM
ppl were complaing about mentioning how to hide drugs on the board. that didn't hurt much. in fact all of the things mentioned on here on how to do stuff youre not supposed to be able to still occured in vast amounts.

anyways, the only day security checked me was friday. the other two days i didn't have to empty my pockets or anything. sunday i had an effing huge backpack, they opened the top that had a sleeping bag covering everything and then let me through


i was at the fence up at the very front after the knux and when okkervil river was taking stage when this lady that i had been sitting next to all morning with her husband fainted. we were screaming at security that we needed help and they just looked at each other like idiots and mumbled to each other and didn't do a thing. she regained consciousness and we told them she was up again. a minute later she faints again and her husband starts taking her out of the crowd. we yell at all the staff up front again and they do a repeat. five minutes after her husband took her away, (after fainting once more as they walked) a cameraman gave me a bottle of water for the wife. freaking pathetic, felt so bad for them. i think they were from ireland and were prepping to stay up front all day for the cure.

also its really amusing/unsettling to see all the security being trained like tots an hour before the gates open

elbrycen
04-21-2009, 02:50 AM
i snuck a ton of shit into the campground like a guitar, vodka, other party supplies, but i couldn't even get a ding dong into the festival.

SubBass49
04-21-2009, 05:16 AM
While checking into the campgrounds I was hassled a bit, I had a lot of stuff, so after I got frisked they made me stand out of the way as they checked my last bag. Anyways, one of the security guards walked up and passive-aggressively said, "Yo, you're gonna have to move".

Funny story, but I think you're confused about what "passive-aggressive" means. Kinda like when people say "irregardless" it gets under my skin. Had to mention it.

McAwesome
04-21-2009, 02:29 PM
the poser norte looking motherfucker working the camping entrance on sunday night. had the attitude of a TSA officer at auschwitz and was obviously under the influence. a friend of mine gave him attitude in kind after getting tired of his shit to which he responded by asking us where we lived. his coworker told him to settle down and for us to get lost. it seemed as if it wasnt the first time it happened that weekend...

Was it the old guy? He seriously searched EVERYTHING. He opened and smelled an empty water bottle of the guy in front of us, then he broke the seal on my fiances sealed water bottle to smell it, wtf?! Then he tried to confiscate my fiances prescription heart medicine!! Guy was an uber douche.

captncrzy
04-21-2009, 02:51 PM
Security at the gate: ok. No major pat downs or anything.

Security inside: complete assholes. They reminded me of that military security company Starkwood on 24. I don't knwo what happened to the other event company, but they weren't anywhere near as bad as the jerkoffs that you had inside this year.

higgybaby23
04-21-2009, 03:11 PM
i'd have to give the uniformed security a thumbs up this year

didnt seem like they had the entire US armed forces on leave running security like they did last year with squads of security guards running into tents just to bust some kid smoking a joint. i hardly even noticed they were there other than entering and exiting and i never saw anything bad that required them.

Thumbs up is a little strong for me, but it was definitely better than last year. Here's hoping it gets better next year too.

higgybaby23
04-21-2009, 03:12 PM
i snuck a ton of shit into the campground like a guitar, vodka, other party supplies, but i couldn't even get a ding dong into the festival.

Detachable penis?

beachbumm
04-21-2009, 03:24 PM
i thought security was pretty lax.
we were smokin a j in the tents at the Do lab when security walked past.. and instead of being hassled he tells us to "keep smoking!"
it was pretty awesome and completely made up for them taking away my energy bars at the entrance..
i was able to see one kid getting tackled at the entrance and escorted out. other than that, i didn't see them all that much.

gmoneyak
04-21-2009, 03:27 PM
Security were a non-entity to me all weekend, which was a very good thing. I didn't even notice the bastards.

Egull
04-21-2009, 03:34 PM
Ya security was way better this year, and by better I mean they did less.

NightGoat
04-21-2009, 03:44 PM
The security in the Mojave were fucking troopers. They caught every crowd surfer for Murder City Devils and they were able to keep their shit together during Fucked Up's set, and they were really fucking nice about it. I heard a lot of bad things about the security in the Sahara though

SubBass49
04-21-2009, 03:58 PM
Again (as in other threads) I think it boils down to "if you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you" for the most part. I witnessed tons of acts of kindness by uniformed security guards...tan shirts, yellow shirts...didn't seem to matter. They were cool as shit this year.

DeanCorso
04-21-2009, 04:15 PM
the only one complaint i have is that asshole who was working the re-entry line in the camping grounds, that was uniformed and looked like a mall cop, if he is reading this, fuck you for being a drag and an asshole, you were the only cancer that i had to work through this weekend.

gooftroop
04-21-2009, 08:44 PM
Security was hilariously light. After years past I prepared for the worst, but upon entering the campgrounds not ONE of our 4 bags were even opened, let alone searched. Getting into the fest was a breeze too, a very slight glance into my bag, no patdown, everyone seemed cool.

cbeachcitygirl
04-22-2009, 04:06 PM
We had a great experience with Field Security in the Beige/White shirts. My friend passed out and they were awesome & very nice to all of us. Also didn't seem like it was their mission to hassle anyone for partying, just to make sure people were cool and not hurt or sick. MUCH different from last year. They smiled more.

prettydirtything
04-22-2009, 04:53 PM
it was weird; I got stuck in a bad line at the campground and it took 1/2 hour to get in at 2pm on Saturday. The kid in the next line was giving pat-downs and lightly checking bags, moving efficiently and chatting up the attendees. The line I was in a middle aged man took every single item out of her big duffle bag, every item out of my friends purse, opened every pocket in her wallet while thumbing through it.... and then he left 3 items on the counter and I had to pick them up. Every other person in his line got the same treatment, so I know it wasn't because we looked shady or anything.

NicoleL
04-22-2009, 05:02 PM
On the last night several people were maced by police without warning:

http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1172505#post1172505

http://www.coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31223

http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=31192

Derek179
04-22-2009, 05:21 PM
I thought security was totally cool. They have a job to do but as long as you exercise common sense they don't care. Good people. Hope the same guys are there next year. No problem finding anything in side, know what i mean....

EventHorizon
04-22-2009, 06:59 PM
I brought a backpack in camping entrance all 3 days. They opened the big zipper only twice and quickly peeked in. I didn't get pat down any time. It was awesome. I did see shady security and possibly an undercover group around Sahara, obviously trying to get X dealers. but the weed smokers were completely left alone. I was dumbfounded to see security literally looking at a group smoking a J, and continuing on. It made me more relaxed during my sessions. I think I enjoyed the shows more, knowing that herb was not being hassled.

Peace Frog
04-23-2009, 01:50 AM
the security seemed pretty chill for the most part. they were especially lax if you didn't have any bags. i walked in all 3 days without being checked at all really. on friday i saw a security guy at the main entrance tell a girl to just spin around once. he checked her out, whistled, smiled at her, and told her to go ahead and walk in. i also saw this guy at one of the stages flirting with jailbait up at the rail all day.

http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt240/vis2gestures/P1070662.jpg

SubBass49
04-23-2009, 05:14 AM
So you post his pic? lol...(shakes head)...kinda not cool.

GoodEarth
04-23-2009, 11:57 AM
i snuck a ton of shit into the campground like a guitar, vodka, other party supplies, but i couldn't even get a ding dong into the festival.
HOLY SHIT

GoodEarth
04-23-2009, 11:58 AM
Was it the old guy? He seriously searched EVERYTHING. He opened and smelled an empty water bottle of the guy in front of us, then he broke the seal on my fiances sealed water bottle to smell it, wtf?! Then he tried to confiscate my fiances prescription heart medicine!! Guy was an uber douche.
Saturday?

RAFINGKO
04-23-2009, 01:12 PM
the only one complaint i have is that asshole who was working the re-entry line in the camping grounds, that was uniformed and looked like a mall cop, if he is reading this, fuck you for being a drag and an asshole, you were the only cancer that i had to work through this weekend.

AHAHAHHA Was he a short small dark mexican looking guy?

That guy was such a douche. He got pissed at me cause i brought a case of water. He pulls every single one out and then hands it to me. As I walk away i yell " OH SHIT WE HAVE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR OVER HERE!" He stops searching my brother and just stares me down.... ahahhha. Comedy!

I wonder what the incentive for them is? Like why do some of these guys take their job so seriously?

But we did have several cool dudes... The security getting into the fest from acamping was lax.

Armin
04-27-2009, 07:59 PM
Hey guys, remember gotta give some respect to get some. As far as I know there were no serious incidents over the three days. For a community of
50,000-150,000 people, what city can you say that about over the course of a friday, saturday and a sunday.

As far as we are concerned, all the security people that I saw were friendly and very helpful. I have seen these ProStaff people at other events and they
know their stuff and are pretty friendly as long as you are not acting like a dufus. Sure they might be a bit older but do you want the inmates running the asylum? I was very impressed. Good job! Much better than last year!

The security lady on the bull-horn at the front gate was really clever and fun when we waited in line.

An event like this needs good security and thankfully the security was great

Derekx
04-27-2009, 09:04 PM
They had a different security company this year. They were definitely more chill and didn't really care. Some people were even able to go in and out of the campground into the festival.

tarrivi
04-28-2009, 09:02 AM
i was able to walk right in friday and saturday but on sunday my girlfriend decided to hide our pipe in my backpack. she thought it was smart to put a pipe in a ziplock baggie with hand sanitizer wipes, she packed the baggie full of wipes so you couldnt see the pipe at all. when i got to security the girl opened my bag and pulled out the baggie and she knew something else was in there besides the wipes and she looked at me and asked "what is this" and i replied "a bag of hand wipes?" i knew she saw the pipe and she gave me this weird look and then put it back in my bag and i went in.

neverclever
04-28-2009, 10:05 AM
Security was good all weekend for me except for the pat down first day getting into the festival. The guy had me roll down my pant legs? I asked, "are you serious? can't you just feel it?" so there I was holding up the line and rolling my pant legs down while he watched. I think he got off on it a bit... but seriously, what would I have in my rolled up pant legs?!

chairmenmeow47
04-28-2009, 10:13 AM
anyone else have security complaints? Place them here?

I got carded 6 times on Saturday alone. I even got carded IN the beer garden while i was buying a drink. What the hell is the use of the wristbands if they card you everytime you try to enter the beer garden.

i got pulled aside while walking into the beer garden and carded myself. i get carded frequently too and it does get annoying, i just wish people would be nice about it and not get mean with you, i'm going to be 27 in june for crying out loud. but it's not the worst thing that could happen though. i just wish earlier in the festival (like friday or earlier in the days) that they had more people working the ID checks.

SubBass49
04-28-2009, 12:43 PM
My only complaint is that by the end of the day on Sunday, my crappy Heineken ID band was falling off my damn wrist. That didn't happen last year. Go back to the old adhesive dammit!

Sneakyking
04-29-2009, 11:06 AM
I've been sneaking in for years, but I got busted twice this year. The one guy was actually a f'n Marine that chased me out. He was pretty cool about it - but a f'n Marine for chrissake! What are they gonna get next year? Doberman Pinchers?

chairmenmeow47
04-29-2009, 11:08 AM
I've been sneaking in for years, but I got busted twice this year. The one guy was actually a f'n Marine that chased me out. He was pretty cool about it - but a f'n Marine for chrissake! What are they gonna get next year? Doberman Pinchers?

not really living up to the username there...

sin213
04-29-2009, 11:24 AM
next year they'll have some of these

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FvjBw4p2xv8/SSfAPvIedMI/AAAAAAAAAvc/pYHv_Rgc8bI/s400/Cerberus.jpg

Suffacated
04-29-2009, 11:41 AM
I've been sneaking in for years, but I got busted twice this year. The one guy was actually a f'n Marine that chased me out. He was pretty cool about it - but a f'n Marine for chrissake! What are they gonna get next year? Doberman Pinchers?

All of the Marines that were at Coachella volunteered their time.
I'm not 100% sure if they got paid or not but I think it was without pay. For a Marine, any day that you can be off base is a good day.

beavington
04-29-2009, 12:16 PM
:rotfl i did the same F@#$ING thing! i cut mine off from friday and put it on my GF's LEFT arm instead of the right one! i realized what i had done when i got back to the festival on saturday and they asked "right arm please" to put on a new one for me... i'm glad we realized it before she got embarassed at the gate...

-shrugs-

she'll be 21 next coachella too :thu

i could have sworn i have seen the wristband on either wrist throughout the weekend. security wasnt a problem. The only time I got a second look when entering the beer garden was when I was by the Sahara...which wasnt shocking.

psycobetabuckdown
04-30-2009, 11:45 PM
I brought in a plastic water bottle filled with water. The yellow-shirted guard looks at it, opens it, turns to the blue badged guard next to him and goes, "hey can they bring this in?" The blue guy tells him to smell it. He smells it twice, then gives it to blue and has him smell it. Blue smells it, and gives it to a third security guy, another yellow, interrupting another bag search. He smells it too, and I'm like "Dude, it's water. Come on." That guy shrugs and gives it back to the first yellow guy, and the blue guy says "toss it."

Before I have a chance to open my mouth, he dumps 32 oz. of water into the trash can. Doesn't offer to let me drink it or even dump it on the grass, just dumps it in the garbage.

As I walk through, the yellow guy asks the blue guy what he should do in the future, and blue says "from now on, just smell the bottle, and if it smells like water it's okay but if not, dump it." That made me lol - you just tried that system, genius.