Last night at about 1:30 am, I was about to enter the Hentai viewing room when they checked my badge and ID. They were repeating over and over how the name on the badge had to match the ID. Unfortunately, I had a member badge given to me from a friend that said "HILTON HOTEL STAFF". He wasn't going to use it so he let me- he doesn't like Anime, I do, perfect. About 3 or 4 chains of security had to come to assess the situation when ultimately 2 security guards came.
They gave me two choices, to either go with them to the office to run the badge if it matched the name or take the badge away from me. I walked with them and decided to leave, but they stopped me for not complying with one of the two choices they had given me. As I tried to not go with them to the office, one security guard physically held me in place
while the other twisted my arm and ripped my pass given to me from a friend from my clutched hands.
This happened in the main hallway where you don't need a badge to enter. I was kicked out and we exchanged some unpleasantries. They did say, "you are on private property, you have to leave" where I replied, "Um, this is the San Jose Convention Center, I think it's public actually." They said, "uh, you are correct." I thought that was funny.
I'd just like to say that I'm posting this to forum because I forgot to file any sort of police report and did not get the names of the security guards. I just know it's wrong to physically hold someone, from what I know, that is assault. I also understand the reasoning that I did not pay for the pass, but used a friend's who was given one and was not using his.
I am posting this because I had a GREAT
time at Fanime this weekend. From all the money I spent at Artist alley, the swap meet, the endless tokens I dropped into tetris and that ipad key game at the arcade, seeing my friends win a TF2 tournament (Team Nope is Dope!), meeting some nice rovers at the speed dating line that I totally was not getting into, seeing a lot of old friends from high school, being able to dance my heart out to beloved anime theme songs in the small dance room (the smaller room was where it's at). Yes, I know I didn't pay for a registration, but I just used someone who was given one and wasn't using theres, I had fun and spent a lot of money that wasn't gonna be spent otherwise. It's just so unfortunate
that my great time took a sudden turn for the worst as I was physically held by two security guards and had my badge ripped from me.
As I was walking out of the convention center with nachos in one hand, I ran into a group of girls in lolita outfits who also experienced similar dissatisfaction with staff and/or security. They agreed with me that it was not okay for the security guards to lay their hands on me. A man and a woman with a badge that said "guest of honor" also ran into us and said that I should file a report with the hotel and express my concerns. I've taken the girls' advice and come to this forum so hopefully such rampant power-tripping won't happen again.
If anyone cares, I was an asian guy with black jeans and a red flannel shirt and short black hair. The security guards who grabbed me in the open hall where badges weren't required were a tall-ish bald black guy (with beautiful eyes, tbh
) and a scrawny-ish white guy with a lame looking flack jacket or something that I thought was funny for a security guard to be wearing. Again, this happened at around 1:30am last night, sunday.
Again, I know that I may have been in the wrong for using a friend's badge, but I just don't want anyone else to experience what I have gone through. I had a really good time at Fanime to be honest. I'd like to go again but perhaps as a volunteer. I'd just feel so dirty paying $60 for something with which I have such negative associations (being grabbed by security guards). /rant