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Vic Viper
04-17-2012, 11:38 AM
i know this basically invites every tom, dick, and harry to jump in with how security "totally dicked me over and here's how" this weekend, but i noticed a real change in the security staff this year. in the past i'm pretty sure it's been mostly CSC Event Staff working the festival but this year it was Staff Pro and they were miles nicer and more friendly. i certainly don't remember being welcomed to coachella every day in the past and aside from them busting people for basically not keeping their shit discrete, i don't recall seeing or hearing stories of people being unjustly harassed.

feel free to tell me how wrong i am.

meyouseek
04-17-2012, 11:40 AM
The dude nicely touched my nuts on the way into camping from the shuttle drop off. But the people on the way into the show were great.

Chillzzz
04-17-2012, 11:41 AM
They took my umbrella twice. They were nice about it but come on guys...

Wonderbot
04-17-2012, 11:44 AM
I had nothing on me, but since I was dressed... flashy, they really checked everything on me. So I stopped dressing like a christmas tree, and security ignored me the rest of the weekend.

nathanfairchild
04-17-2012, 11:44 AM
They took my umbrella twice. They were nice about it but come on guys...

umbrellas are annoying at festivals...so good for them.

Vic Viper
04-17-2012, 11:48 AM
The dude nicely touched my nuts on the way into camping from the shuttle drop off. But the people on the way into the show were great.
thats why i was unsure about what company was staffed where. the first guard i came across thursday walking in by myself was CSC as was the last guy we saw driving out monday morning, everywhere else was Staff Pro people.

amyzzz
04-17-2012, 11:56 AM
The security was very nice to me as well. "Have a great time at the show!" Also, they only frisked my daughter once the entire festival.

TomAz
04-17-2012, 12:00 PM
I agree with the OP as far as my personal experience goes. Best part was getting my ass groped during security check.

locachica73
04-17-2012, 12:03 PM
I never got frisked, they barely even glanced in my purse or back pack and when I got to camp they asked what was in the cooler, I said water and orange juice and they waved me through. I must not look like I take drugs.

kerby14
04-17-2012, 12:12 PM
only searching the car was a pain in the ass

on the way into the festival everybody was nice...i thanked one woman on day one for yelling thru a bullhorn for everybody to have fun, and she looked at me with the nicest smile and thanked me back for thanking her

everybody was definitely a lot nicer this year :)

JustSteve
04-17-2012, 12:18 PM
i had the opportunity to nearly get taken down by security, but he was just doing his shitty job, like a good marine who just follows orders and can't think for himself, so i can't be too mad, but at the time was ready to draw blood. i was basically dealing with walking pneumonia the whole weekend, to the point where i'd walk 20 feet and need to stop and rest. i was in the guest pit during radiohead, but decided to bail 5 or so songs in because they just aren't my thing and my body was worn down. tried to go through the access point that had been open all day, but was now closed for some reason, the way that is a shortcut to the backstage/artist area when leaving the guest pit, to where the golf carts were that could get me back to the rv. instead i was told i would have to go out into the main crowd to the vip area and then around the back to the artist compound. this was a walk i could not physically make and i attempted to explain to them i have a lung disease and am having trouble breathing/walking. guy wouldn't have it so i got a little more serious, explaining my lungs function at 40 percent, i am on the transplant list, blahblahblah. nothing. so i just begin to try to shove my way past them saying this is the only way i am going and that there are going to be issues if they don't let me pass. of course, getting worked up is causing me more trouble breathing, so i say fuck it and bear down and just start pushing through, telling the guy to let me through now i need to go to medical. finally his superior took notice and told him to let me through. so i walked by, made it 10 feet and basically collapsed in a fit of coughing, just waiting to cough so hard that i rupture something and start coughing up blood. would have been rad to dose those yellow jackets with a little red, haha. had to sit for a good 10 minutes to collect my breath, all the while glaring at the yellow jackets.

cutterbutter
04-17-2012, 12:27 PM
Should have just stayed at radiohead.

amyzzz
04-17-2012, 12:30 PM
Hey Steve, that sucks. I hope you feel better today.

TheWatcher
04-17-2012, 12:37 PM
Yeah, should have stayed at Radiohead! Feel better Steve!



...My only complaint about security is that they don't seem to know how to pull crowd surfers out w/o dropping them on someone's head...

menikmati
04-17-2012, 12:49 PM
Fuck the dudes at the ADA security lot (especially the supervisor asshole who thought he was hot shit sitting on his golf cart, and saying shit to me like "I know Bill Fold, and you aren't going through my gate")....they tried to take my camera away saying it was a "professional" camera (which it's not, it's a fucking point and shoot). And then they wouldn't let me in, so I told them to fuck off and walked over to some other backstage gate and walked right in. So whatever, I have the last laugh...they're stressing over a $10 piece of plastic (lens cover) on my camera, and I'm walking in with uhh.......

JustSteve
04-17-2012, 01:00 PM
yeah, there was a guy working right by the rv lot who was hit or miss with his dickishness. was letting us through with drinks all day and then stopped letting us through for a bit, then reversed again later. so we went to the other gate near the video production trucks where guy didn't care.

if that dude tried to pull the "i know bill fold" shit i woulda been all "so do i, let me give him a call right now".

jimmycrackcorn
04-17-2012, 01:08 PM
Yeah I agree the security was very nice this year... searches /patdowns no biggie one supervisor told the dude searching me that my pancho wasn't allowed but I argued with him "it's NOT a blanket it IS AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING THAT I'M WEARING!" And he got his supervisor who okayed it... all the while I snuck in ________ every day... I was worried about the unusually high police/security presence in the parking lots because we planned on hitting a minikeg in the trunk each day @sundown but it turned out to not be a problem at all... as long as we didn't blast our radio or make a scene security pretty much left us alone (asked us to move along once in 3 days)... I blame that dumbf#$k rapist for that though you had to expect a response from GV and the police after that incident... every year this festival gets better and better

someone
04-17-2012, 02:01 PM
Security was great in general, breezed thru my backpack, but on my 4th Coachella, and being 34 now, I was taken aback by how many times my breasts got cupped and my bra checked. Never has security gone looking for shit in my bra. Car camping security was the most invasive, she lifted some boob. It was weird.

Vic Viper
04-17-2012, 02:45 PM
Security was great in general, breezed thru my backpack, but on my 4th Coachella, and being 34 now, I was taken aback by how many times my breasts got cupped and my bra checked. Never has security gone looking for shit in my bra. Car camping security was the most invasive, she lifted some boob. It was weird.
wait wtf?

my gf got though each day with hardly any touching whatsoever, definitely no boob cupping/moving.

knuthamsun
04-17-2012, 04:47 PM
Definitely nicer, but more thorough on searching on the way into the festival. Everyday I had some nice new stranger tickle the top of my pubes.

But it didn't matter, since that's where I usually always hide things! Taping things to your crotch is the best way to go, 100% full proof.

frozen pilgrim
04-17-2012, 05:12 PM
super nice this year. didn't encounter one bad apple, although I'm sure they were out there. just held the contents of my pockets in my hands, and they didn't check inside anything even once.

Lynn163
04-17-2012, 05:15 PM
Boobs touched and total pat downs every day through check 1 off shuttles. First year I've ever been touched. You would have thought we were heroin smugglers.

vamosuruguay
04-17-2012, 05:16 PM
The car search line I was in was such a joke. They literally glanced over our car and didn't even look in the most obvious of places. Also, the security couldn't care less about weed. I mean obviously if you get frisked and they find some they are going to take it, but if you're smoking at a show right infront of them they'll just look the other way. Before Destroyer's set I saw the security laughing at all the kids smoking. They then told the kids to "be smart about it" and they just went on doing their thing. Mad chill.

frozen pilgrim
04-17-2012, 05:21 PM
someone I know rolled a blunt with the actual physical assistance of a security guard over the railing during dre and snoop

hippityhip
04-17-2012, 06:12 PM
i had the opportunity to nearly get taken down by security, but he was just doing his shitty job, like a good marine who just follows orders and can't think for himself, so i can't be too mad, but at the time was ready to draw blood.

Please don't talk about people in the military like that. I know very brilliant people who serve. To categorize Marines or anyone else as mindless idiots is very offensive. Unless you are willing to talk shit to a Marine's face please keep this kind of talk to yourself.

I'm not being dramatic or trying to start a pissing contest with you. I just know a lot of people who serve or have served and I don't think it's fair for someone to say such things about them unless you have also served and know first hand.

Andrew 619
04-17-2012, 06:37 PM
Security guard traded my GF a joint he confiscated for a cigarette during WuLyf

jimmycrackcorn
04-17-2012, 06:47 PM
Man the lines for entrance to fest from day parking were wayyyyy shorter the the camping /shuttle entrance by the way so I don't know if there's a way for you to walk around from camping to the day parking entrance but if there is you weekend 2 people might consider consider a longer walk for a shorter line...

TomAz
04-17-2012, 06:48 PM
Please don't talk about people in the military like that. I know very brilliant people who serve. To categorize Marines or anyone else as mindless idiots is very offensive. Unless you are willing to talk shit to a Marine's face please keep this kind of talk to yourself.

I'm not being dramatic or trying to start a pissing contest with you. I just know a lot of people who serve or have served and I don't think it's fair for someone to say such things about them unless you have also served and know first hand.

Fair enough. But you're a fucking retard for your fetishization of the military. Take offense at that.

hippityhip
04-17-2012, 06:59 PM
I was worried about the unusually high police/security presence in the parking lots because we planned on hitting a minikeg in the trunk each day @sundown but it turned out to not be a problem at all... as long as we didn't blast our radio or make a scene security pretty much left us alone (asked us to move along once in 3 days)..

That is great to hear. My group usually loads up a cooler full of beers and we walk to ADA parking and drink it up. Last year security told us once the whole weekend that we couldn't hang out and drink but never came back and did anything about it. I think it's just protocol for them to say something. I think as long as you are not acting like a jackass you're fine.

magenyve
04-24-2012, 03:18 AM
Well I think it depends on where you were. Within five minutes of clearing car camping and waiting to park...some women in a golf cart threw a couple of F-bombs at us because we were following the directions of the guy who was flagging us to drive in to the lot. Instead of letting him know that she had to pass she started yelling at us...so that was unpleasant. I felt like although some security was nice they were completely arbitrary for searches. Our water guns were confiscated from our car camping search after no glass, drugs, or even beer was found. It seemed like they were searching for something to dock us on. Then they had a problem on the last day with someone in our group carrying more then one empty water bottle. They made it seem like he was out to scam the 10 for 1 free water deal. He had four bottles, but he was carrying for other girls in the group that didn't have bags and ended up in different security lines for being patted down. It was the third day and he had been doing this all weekend with multiple in and outs no problem. He just waited 3 minutes switched lines and got in. So confiscation policies were not consistent so security always felt like a gamble.

Nealocus
04-24-2012, 10:56 AM
Fair enough. But you're a fucking retard for your fetishization of the military. Take offense at that.

Hey man, you can hate the military and wars all you want but the truth is your bitch ass is here attending Coachella because of them. I'm man enough to say I could never do what the members in our military do but I can show them respect. Stop starting shit and realize they put their ass on the line so ungrateful people like you can live a free life.

GuyInTucson
04-24-2012, 11:36 AM
Hey man, you can hate the military and wars all you want but the truth is your bitch ass is here attending Coachella because of them. I'm man enough to say I could never do what the members in our military do but I can show them respect. Stop starting shit and realize they put their ass on the line so ungrateful people like you can live a free life.

Tom is right. Shut the fuck up.

bluecheese
04-24-2012, 12:47 PM
you can hate the military and wars all you want but the truth is your bitch ass is here attending Coachella because of them.

lol u mad?

Wonderbot
04-24-2012, 12:52 PM
Weekend 2 I went back again, and I had to sit outside and wait for my friend to come out with my wristband. While I sat and chatted with this rollypoly security guy, he told me what was up. It might have been BS, but I sure believed it. I told him that him, and his team were being EXTREMELY nice to me, and I couldn't figure out their angle. He looked at me and smiled, said I looked dehydrated and gave me a bottle of water.

He then told me that the guys in yellow shirts outside the venue, controlling access into the camp grounds are not "STAFFPRO" that they HATE YOU and want to ruin your good time. He went on to mention that they would not be around in 2013, since Coachella was giving his security company the full concert and firing Staff Pro. Told me how they would post on Craigslist ads saying "Want to attend Coachella for free? Join Staff Pro today!" and you can buy their shirts online.

The whole time he kept yelling at campers walking in with beers "HEY! YOU DONT HAVE TO THROW THAT AWAY OR CHUG IT! YOU CAN DRINK IT AND CARRY IT IN, UNTIL YOU ENTER THE VENUE!"

When my friend arrived with my pass, he went to get it for me, put it on my wrist for me, and escorted me through security without patting me down (despite my opening my bag and offering it to him to check).

I really hope what he says is true, because I sure felt it was. Anyone I met workign security in the camps was awesome and friendly as hell. But the security guys in the venue were the same assholes as always.

frizzlefry
04-24-2012, 10:15 PM
Hey man, you can hate the military and wars all you want but the truth is your bitch ass is here attending Coachella because of them. I'm man enough to say I could never do what the members in our military do but I can show them respect. Stop starting shit and realize they put their ass on the line so ungrateful people like you can live a free life.

Have you tried Stagecoach?

magmazing
04-24-2012, 10:38 PM
I wonder if the security people in black suits in VIP were dying of heat on weekend 2?

Ravingmad
04-25-2012, 09:10 AM
He then told me that the guys in yellow shirts outside the venue, controlling access into the camp grounds are not "STAFFPRO" that they HATE YOU and want to ruin your good time. He went on to mention that they would not be around in 2013, since Coachella was giving his security company the full concert and firing Staff Pro.

I hope that's true. While I didn't have any real trouble with the yellow jackets working the shuttle stop, they were doing very thorough searches (yes, I did have my balls cupped) and it slowed down getting in quite a bit, and they weren't very friendly. Kind of killed the "YAY we're at Coachella mood". The guys working the closer checkpoint were much nicer and efficient and got people through with no issues.

Wonderbot
04-25-2012, 10:02 AM
I've been to SF Outside Lands, Treasure Island, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, Coachella, Burning Man, etc, etc....

Coachella is my favorite (Not counting Burning Man). And it's also the one I hate the most, because of the incredible stress of entering the festival and dealing with security.

All other festivals I just walk in off the street, no one touches me or hassles me.

frizzlefry
04-25-2012, 10:42 AM
^Agreed, Coachella's security is by far the most strict at times but also the worst and most disorganized at others, I'm really hoping they don't use StaffPRO, it's really irresponsible and cheap to give authority to anybody who as access to Craigslist. It's the horror stories about security guards taking advantage of their arbitrary and temporary power that really implies how greedy and cold Goldenvoice and the parent companies can be.

menikmati
04-25-2012, 11:22 AM
OL had the coolest security ever. 1000x better than Coachella.

Vic Viper
04-25-2012, 11:58 AM
i think you guys have it backwards. staff pro were wearing blue shirts (the nice guys), CSC Staffing were wearing the yellow shirts (the fuckers). i cannot recall a single good experience with CSC Staffing at any event I've been to with them.

menikmati
04-25-2012, 12:10 PM
Staff Pro are idiots too. They constantly thought my camera (which is a fucking point and shoot) was some heavy duty pro camera, and kept calling their "supervisors" over to me. Fuck that.

DeadSkin
04-25-2012, 12:14 PM
The gay security guard that was patting people down was hilarious! He pointed at my friend and called out to him. It was hilarious... guess you had to be there.

Rosemont17
04-25-2012, 12:15 PM
90 percent of security was totally cool. the other 10 percent were the young fucks at check-in at the festival gates who like to juggle my nuts looking to see if im carrying something. they are the front line guys and always think they know more when they dont know shit. they totally copped a feel!

the main crew was totally fine. cops and bike security were very cool with everything.

citizenerased
04-25-2012, 12:24 PM
We got an unlucky car search line. This dude comes up with his switchblade saying "I'm ready to cut some wristbands!" and then proceeds to tell us he can smell weed and he'll cut our wristbands if we don't give it up before they find it. Ended up losing half of our shit which I'm sure they sold.

hippityhip
04-25-2012, 01:48 PM
So the scale tipped for me on security on Sunday. I go up dude tells me to empty pockets, open backpack, and turn around. FIRST thing he does is uppercut my balls and ass. I'm immediately startled so I turn and say "you gotta buy me a drink before you do all that!" he responds "what are you hiding you got drugs on you?" I say fuck no I just don't like my nuts getting punched by a fucking stranger. He then proceeds to look into every nook and cranny of my backpack and wallet. Then he tells me to turn around again so I could get searched again. I told him no I'm going in. So then this supervisor comes up and tells the dude you're not checking him again. She allows me to go thru but not before I gave her my thoughts on that d bag security. The dude waiting to get checked behind me got the same guy and immediately told him "hey bro you need to fucking relax people are hear to have fun and listen to music not get drugged out. If you treat me the same you'll have a big problem. That dude you checked right now was really patient with you.

The rest of the day I was allowed to walk thru very quickly. Apparently they had a talk with that dude and some other fuck that were acting like dicks. That shit really pissed me off. Fuck staffpro for hiring dumbasses like these guys.