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Successful Crash #7: Crawfish Festival

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Posted by teibs On April - 5 - 2009

wristband@Zack Teibloom This might be my most controversial crash to date. Does it count if I paid to get in? What if I only paid $1 of the $15 entrance fee?

I did what I usually do when I get to a concert I don’t have a ticket for: I hovered by the entrance. The key was figuring out the wristband situation. It took a minute to process what was going on.

If you handed them a $15 ticket on the way in, no wristband. If you decided to leave the festival and wanted to come back in later, you paid an extra dollar for a wristband on your way out. 

As I was studying the security guards, a breeze came by and blew a concert poster off the table of ticket-takers to my feet. I picked it up and sensed this was my opportunity. An elderly woman checking tickets thanked me for picking up the poster and offered it to me. I declined, but asked where I got the wristband to come back in. She said “Oh, you’ve been inside already?” I nodded and she directed me to the dollar line.

“That was masterful,” @eyesackversion4 said as he saw the entire event unfold before him. I started explaining to him and @chrisinaustin how they should take a couple pictures near the exit gate and then pull the same move I did. I had to let them fend for themselves as I could hear Bonerama starting the opening notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic.”

@Chrisinaustin is learning the Festival Crashers way of life quickly and made it in, while @eyesackversion4 spent the $15 like a sucker. I had to throw him a bone later and tell a drunk girl he was the lead singer of War … and that he wrote “Why Can’t We Be Friends” … about my dad. She ended our convo with “See you on stage!” Sometimes it’s too easy.

Here’s the question: Was it a crash if it wasn’t free? I did spend a whole dollar. It felt like a crash. Thoughts?

4 Responses

  1. Matthew Lingo Said,

    Totally a crash.

    Posted on April 5th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

  2. Blake Said,

    i say crash for sure

    Posted on April 5th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

  3. April Said,

    I’d say it’s a crash. And a pretty impressive one too!

    Posted on April 5th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

  4. teibs Said,

    I’ve decided to agree with you. It is a crash. New rules for crashing: You can not exchange $$ or services for the ticket. The $1 I spent was the same that any paying member of the crowd paid to have the right to get back in. The Boss was not a crash. Yes, $10 for a $89 was a steal, but it was just being in the right place at the right time.

    http://www.festivalcrashers.com/?p=2291

    Posted on April 6th, 2009 at 4:23 am

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