View Poll Results: When it's already congested, is it OK to push through to the front?

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  • Yes, it's a concert. I do it all of the time and feel that people who get angry at me are unjust.

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  • Yes, I think it's OK, but I don't do it.

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  • No, I don't think it's OK, but it doesn't necessarily offend me and I don't get mad at the people who do it.

    109 22.24%
  • No, it's not OK. I do express my displeasures with people that try to push their way through the crowd.

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    Default Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    Please vote honestly, as this has been bugging me recently.

    I always hear the whole "it's a concert, what do you expect?" argument, but I feel bad pushing through people to get to the front when they've waited there before me and there's already basically no room. I mean, yeah, it's a concert, but I think that they paid money to enjoy the concert as well, and us barging to the front when everyone's already back to back just makes the whole experience less enjoyable for everyone.

    I'm very interested in what some of the concert veterans around these parts have to say on this matter.
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    Default Re: Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    No, it's not, especially if you're taller than me or a douchebag.

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    Default Re: Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    No, it's not, especially if you're taller than me or a douchebag.
    ^^^^^ this!

    Dude, guys... Seriously? I'm 5'3, don't be an ass. Pushing your way to squeeze between me the rail makes you an ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrettyRagdoll View Post
    ^^^^^ this!

    Dude, guys... Seriously? I'm 5'3, don't be an ass. Pushing your way to squeeze between me the rail makes you an ass.
    At 5' 3" hardly anyone would see you... And think of all the views you would have..... just sayin...
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    No... It's not alright... Is it alright if I stab you just a lil bit? I'll only put it in 1/2 way
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    Default Re: Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    Keep in mind that I'm not talking about those who egregiously push and shove their way to the front; obviously that isn't OK.

    I'm talking about even the notion of politely asking people "excuse me" when there's no room to excuse. Hot pairs of girls are infamous of this.

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    I let short guys through, sometimes. Just sometimes. They almost always have their girlfriends or frat boy friends with them....so you let one through & it's like letting a rugby team through. If I have been standing and waiting a long time for my spot, I don't like letting people through. That's why I like the rail, no one's getting in front of me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaypalmsprings View Post
    I let short guys through, sometimes. Just sometimes. They almost always have their girlfriends or frat boy friends with them....so you let one through & it's like letting a rugby team through. If I have been standing and waiting a long time for my spot, I don't like letting people through. That's why I like the rail, no one's getting in front of me.
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    If an act is in progress, no. But if it is between sets, yes.
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    you can push when their is room you have to really catch the moments when people are dancing then moved through them with super lightning speed; but when your the one with the spot just hold your ground people eventually find another way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josesativa View Post
    you can push when their is room you have to really catch the moments when people are dancing then moved through them with super lightning speed; but when your the one with the spot just hold your ground people eventually find another way.
    This.

    During La Roux there was a dude next to me who kept trying to push to the front. He had his friend who was right near the rail try to reach back and pull him through. The crowd there was already practically standing on top of each other (the only time I really witnessed fights all weekend was during that set. three fights, each between women. I suspect the sardine like nature near the front helped factor into this. Which is kind of stupid on its own, but that gets into a whole different topic). After trying to do this for ten minutes, constantly just trying to force his way through nonexistant space, At some point I just turned to the guy and was like "dude, stop being an asshole. It ain't happening".

    Meanwhile, just rolling with the crowd, not even trying to push up, I ended up being in the exact spot where he wanted to be not but one or two songs later.

    Point is: don't be a douche about it, and it's cool. But if you try to force yourself to a point where there is no space. Or you push me back to try and get into my space, that's just dickish.

    And hey, if you ARE going to get to the front (either by getting there early, or pushing your way up), once you're there be reasonable and expect that yeah someone's gonna accidentally bump into you, or step on your foot. People will be jumping around getting silly. Shit's gonna happen, don't start throwing a shit fit once it does. If that's your concern, best step a bit further back.

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    the worst was during fever ray, people were pushing through up until halfway into the fucking set! jesus, of all the acts, that was the one where you just want to find a spot and let the hypnotic show work its magic.....if you didn't get there soon enough, tough shit. at a certain point i stopped allowing people past me....GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE.

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    I feel if it's just one person I don't usually get too upset. When it's a group of 10 people holding hands making their way through the crowd I express my displeasure and try to intervene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by righteousdnk View Post
    I feel if it's just one person I don't usually get too upset. When it's a group of 10 people holding hands making their way through the crowd I express my displeasure and try to intervene.
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    Default Re: Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    If there are visibly pockets of space in the crowd and I think someone could easily manage to sift through, I will happily let them through. If it is already fucking packed, and you literally have to SQUEEZE through, then I am standing like a fucking wall and you are not getting by.

    I have been standing here for 20 minutes...sorry you're late and rude. Stand behind my tall body and shut the fuck up.
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    Default Re: Do you think it's alright to push through the crowd to get good seats?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    If there are visibly pockets of space in the crowd and I think someone could easily manage to sift through, I will happily let them through. If it is already fucking packed, and you literally have to SQUEEZE through, then I am standing like a fucking wall and you are not getting by.

    I have been standing here for 20 minutes...sorry you're late and rude. Stand behind my tall body and shut the fuck up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    If there are visibly pockets of space in the crowd and I think someone could easily manage to sift through, I will happily let them through. If it is already fucking packed, and you literally have to SQUEEZE through, then I am standing like a fucking wall and you are not getting by.

    I have been standing here for 20 minutes...sorry you're late and rude. Stand behind my tall body and shut the fuck up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drinkey McDrinkerstein View Post
    If there are visibly pockets of space in the crowd and I think someone could easily manage to sift through, I will happily let them through. If it is already fucking packed, and you literally have to SQUEEZE through, then I am standing like a fucking wall and you are not getting by.

    I have been standing here for 20 minutes...sorry you're late and rude. Stand behind my tall body and shut the fuck up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinecraft View Post
    the key in the poll here is "when it's already congested". in which case, no.
    Bingo.

    Pushing forward when there's clearly no room is poor form. Want to be close? Plan accordingly and get there earlier. Being tallish I'm cautious about moving around even in a lighter crowd to avoid totally blocking someone's view who was there before me. It's endlessly irritating when someone comes and blocks your view halfway into a set.

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    If the size of the crowd is preventing me from even hearing the band, I will move in front of the tallest person I see, space permitting. I didn't feel bad getting through the Sahara because I just looked for a group of strung out finger-light watchers and stood in front of them.
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    i think its fine. i do this a lot. but i also let people through a lot. it just depends on the situation.
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    I was with a douchebag who wanted to get to the front for every set, and the two sets I watched with him over the weekend I reluctantly followed him as he pushed his way forward. The second time me and another friend just gave up and said fuck him, he can watch by himself. I don't know how he enjoyed any of the music.
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    Short people suck, they think that they are entitled to be in front of you even though they showed up late and can clearly see there's no room for them in front of you.
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    I think most people know when it's okay to surge forward through the crowd and when it's not. That doesn't mean that people don't do it when they know it's wrong, it just means that they know what they're doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fikus222 View Post
    Short people suck, they think that they are entitled to be in front of you even though they showed up late and can clearly see there's no room for them in front of you.
    Short people are entitled to be in front of you because YOU CAN STILL SEE, tall asshole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Short people are entitled to be in front of you because YOU CAN STILL SEE, tall asshole.
    I agree with both of you, its a balance of arrival and height. Either way... im not going to have 300 midgets between me and Chris Taylor. One or two midgets, but not the whole midget family that arrived twenty minutes after me.
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    I'm pretty tall and generally don't have much use for being super close to the stage. As long as I can see and hear what's happening, I've no qualms if someone wants to move past me to get closer. If they're not being an aggressive asshole about it, we've got no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuporfly View Post
    I'm pretty tall and generally don't have much use for being super close to the stage. As long as I can see and hear what's happening, I've no qualms if someone wants to move past me to get closer. If they're not being an aggressive asshole about it, we've got no problem.
    This. As long as you are nice, and say excuse me, I will let you in. Even if it is super packed. Usually it's a person who needs to get to their friends or something, or just grabbed a beer and wants to get back in, and I feel for that.

    But if you are a dickhead and you just push, I will fucking push you right back.

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