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How do you deal with Rude people watching your display

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Last night after my info was in the paper I had 3-4 people at a time watcing the show....well during one run a HUGE full sized truck with cap came and parked right in front of the house blockig the view of another person.....I guess those guys exchanged a few words and the guy who got blocked eventually moved back so he could see....

I thought about maybe a voice over or something..

How do you all deal with this situation?

Thanks

Chris

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I've got a pre-show sign down the block with Freq and "Dim your lights" Don't Block Driveways" etc...

We will have 15-20 cars across the street.. (It's a county road and there's a wide shoulder on the other side in front of neighbors yards- usually someone backs in to watch and it catches on- more cars then fit)

And we will still have someone drive up and stop right in front. Some are stopping to make donation in our box, but most are just rude.. And there's those Chevy drivers that don't know how to turn the headlights off.

Never have quite figured out a solution, and I'm sure there have been some ugly thoughts out there... Most people will flash their headlights, but that seldom does any good...

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As annoying as it is to listen to .. between *every* song I have a reminder asking people to view the display from the other side of the street.

Most people will move when they hear that. If they don't, and they are blocking someone elses view who was there first, I will say something.

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I try not to "actively" manage the display, unless I'm worried about damage to said display.

If people are getting really loud (rarely) I might turn off the transmitter for a few seconds to clear up the situation. But in general, I treat the display as a self-managed item, people can work out their own issues.

Note that this only works if you don't have a gazillion cars at the same time, and that involves controlling your media exposure...

-Tim

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I just go out and ask them to move if they don't get it by themselves... and they do. Even when it gets backed up .

I will go out and park Tour busses which get at a good spot out of the way of the show. The neighbors also do the same if I don't catch it soon enough.

Mostly like Tfischer, I try to let them work it out themselves though. I also have a voiceover that tells them not to block BLAH BLAH BLAH which plays often throughout the show.

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Get you some of those big orange traffic cones and set them in front of your house about a 1ft off the curb. This would prevent people from parking in front of your house and also not block traffic. If someone does stop in the middle of the road then you can conduct them to keep moving or other visitors will tell them to go. This really works well if your house is on the opposite side of the flow of traffic. It pretty much forces them to park across the street.

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To get to my house you have to go through a gate, over a bridge, and then there is a circular drive (that sounds farther than it is), so when we first started our display, we decided that if you wanted to see the show you'd have to walk in. That seems to work pretty well, they park next to the gate and walk on in, enjoy the show, and walk on out. No car accidents, no children getting run-over, jolly good fun!

Plus if we have tech issues or something, we just close the gate.

For those who can't block their street off, I agree that signs are the best way to go. If your road is big enough to have a painted or "brail" line down the middle of the road, you might put a sign there (in the middle of the road) a few yards on either side of your house. That way the car lights will shine on the sign and they'll be able to read the warnings.

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HUGE full sized truck with cap came and parked right in front of the house blockig the view of another person

Obviously they don't care and nothing you do can change that. Add the fact that they my not care because they have been drinking its best to hope they go home soon and don't kill anyone.

Maybe let the authority's know that some one may be impaired? AI

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I don't have any voiceovers, or problems...cuz the most people I've ever seen viewing was 2 at a time! I think tonight was my largest turnout...prolly like 20 cars total! Anyhow, most people find it easier to view from the other side. Why? I don't know...maybe just a cycological thing! I did see a few people move from our side to hte opposite side...don't know why! Maybe b/c my sign is blocking some objects!

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sometimes it gets a lil crazy out there when theres more than 8 cars but i havent had any problems... if there have been problems theyve worked it out themselves.

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tfischer wrote:

I try not to "actively" manage the display, unless I'm worried about damage to said display.

-Tim

I agree with Tim. I just kind of hang out in the garage and watch things from the bleachers, so to speak.

If I notice people parking in a neighbors driveway (rarely) I simply go out and ask them to move.

Also, hanging out right where people can see you does expose you to a certain amount of liability. If something happens, even though it may be on a public street, someone may decide to hire a lawyer stating that you were responsible AND had knowledge.

Notice the "AND" in caps. That is the word that could get you in trouble.

You are always going to get irate or rude people wherever you go. You just have to deal with it on a case by case basis. I can tell you that the BEST method is, as much as possible, let people work out their own issues. Only when absoloutely needed should you get in the middle. The best advice is "It's your light display and their road".

Neil

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nmonkman wrote:

"It's your light display and their road".

And I have the "off" switch in my hand ready to press it right now. :]

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