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Re: Reunion Crashers!
In Response To: Reunion Crashers! ()
I'm sorry I am late coming in on this discussion. But, many have hit some nails on the heads already.
I think at most reunions (90%+), people should definitely be prepared for crashers and pop-ups. It's just going to happen. It is what it is. However, we've used tickets and name-tags to try to curtail the "freeloaders" as much as possible. We have had color-coded tickets that are already placed in everyone's registration bags. Each event gets a different color ticket. A family member is on guard to take up tickets at the door.
One time, I had a family member to bring her friend to the reunion. No problem. The friend was of another ethnicity (Asian). No problem with that either. Because this family member did not tell us in advance of her friend's attendance, she expressed that he wasn't going to attend the events...just hang out in the lobby. No problem. Low and behold, her friend was right there in the banquet, enjoying a $35-plate dinner. Don't know why this family member thought she could creep her friend in the banquet. Dude stuck out like a sore thumb...with him being of another ethnicity and all. And the committee already KNEW that he didn't pay a thing. Quite dumb on her part?
Well, we collected the $35. It's not fair to the rest of the family to let a non-family member attend scotch free!
Crashers...they're everywhere. We just have to continue to figure out ways to deal with them.
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