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(The Daily Progress)   Good: You arrange for volunteers to help manage traffic for your weekend-long music festival. Bad: They all quit at noon on the first day. Fark: Resulting traffic jam lasts 7 hours   (dailyprogress.com) divider line 48
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2013-09-06 06:48:42 PM  
Well, you get what you pay for.
 
2013-09-06 06:49:05 PM  
Obviously they weren't getting paid enough.
 
2013-09-06 06:54:09 PM  
Were they Popn n' Lockn at dat music festival?
 
2013-09-06 06:56:19 PM  
Nelson deputies: Parking volunteers quit Lockn'

Did they also quit popn'?
 
2013-09-06 07:01:48 PM  
It's almost like people don't like doing a shiatty job for free. Or their supervisor is the biggest asshole on the planet.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-09-06 07:08:33 PM  
Where I live that's union work. The police union has guaranteed employment in cases like this. They may or may not help, but you had better pay them for the four hour minimum shift or they will arrest you.
 
2013-09-06 07:08:50 PM  
FTFA: "If this is the worst thing that happens all weekend, we're set"

I've got a feeling that this isn't even the tip of the iceberg.
 
2013-09-06 07:09:32 PM  
Sounds like the kind of festival Swagneto would play at.
 
2013-09-06 07:12:05 PM  
The only thing worse than going to a large music festival is waiting 7 hours to park at a music festival.

/old
 
2013-09-06 07:12:29 PM  
Total Fark: There were only 15 cars.
 
2013-09-06 07:20:16 PM  
Object lesson in poor volunteer management.  TFA could have done more to explain WHY they walked off the job.  Can range from "Fark this, I already got my free t-shirt" to "it's hot, we're understaffed, bosses suck, screw this."

Festival spokeswoman Olivia Branch said she'd heard "no reports of anyone walking off their shifts."

Frankly, from an event management perspective this is the most concerning part.  Either poor communication among festival organizers or she's lying.
 
2013-09-06 07:22:15 PM  
Smelly Pirate Hooker: Or their supervisor is the biggest asshole on the planet.

That's an unfortunate part of life.  How many supervisors of VOLUNTEERS are complete assholes who treat their free labor like shiat.

/and then of course bitterly complain about how they can't get good volunteers.
 
2013-09-06 07:22:21 PM  
Duuude...wait whaaat??

www.locknfestival.com
 
2013-09-06 07:23:26 PM  
Of course she's lying.  She's the paid festival spokeswoman, that's her job.
 
2013-09-06 07:28:44 PM  
not sure what kind of music you farkers are into, but the lineup of this festival is ridiculous if you're into the jam band scene.  Neil Young was supposed to be here but had to cancel last minute, which is why I did too.  First year festy = first world problems
 
2013-09-06 07:29:16 PM  
That popup ad at the top of the page almost gave me a seizure. What a shiatty website.
 
2013-09-06 07:31:36 PM  
FTA : Bob Marley blared from speakers and people moved about in lines. Some people threw Frisbees.

They must envy the people stuck in traffic.
 
2013-09-06 07:34:38 PM  
Bonnaroo 2003, waited in line for 8 hours to get on site. It was fun after that.
 
2013-09-06 07:42:04 PM  
As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way.

Jack Handey
 
2013-09-06 07:42:32 PM  
Still not as bad as someone mountain jaming the juke box.
 
2013-09-06 07:43:17 PM  

brimed03: Object lesson in poor volunteer management.  TFA could have done more to explain WHY they walked off the job.  Can range from "Fark this, I already got my free t-shirt" to "it's hot, we're understaffed, bosses suck, screw this."

Festival spokeswoman Olivia Branch said she'd heard "no reports of anyone walking off their shifts."

Frankly, from an event management perspective this is the most concerning part.  Either poor communication among festival organizers or she's lying.


I know her. She's lying. She's really nice, but thats her job.

And although I don't know them personally, the 'management' people behind this are legendary at farking things like this up. Never quite this large an event, but still. The original name for the the festival was "Interlock'n", but they got a cease and desist from "Interlock" (the DUI ignition people) two weeks before so they changed the name at the last minute to Lock'n, which has very quickly become parodied as "Lack'n". You don't even google the name? Furreals?

Most people don't know that most big name touring bands, from Green Day to The Dead, now have their ticketing and merch run through a mega corp out a few miles from here in Crozet Va, in an old Con Agra frozen food factory. I have lots of friends that work there. The Dave Mathews Band manager made a killing and started all these music industry companies. Now he owns everything and everyone. But anyway, thats how they get big names out here to the middle of nowhere.

Pretty much the choicest job there is being a first reader of fan mail. Some of that stuff is amazing, like  epic crazytown obsession stuff.  I have been trying to get my friends to put them online, but they are lame and want to keep their job. But one day... oh god what a treasure trove.
 
2013-09-06 07:46:15 PM  
Sonny Barger unavailable for comment.
 
2013-09-06 07:47:25 PM  
That had to be the most difficult thing I've ever read.
 
2013-09-06 07:48:10 PM  
Nelson County is a labyrinth of curvy, two-lane roads around and in between mountain ridges--not a good place for an outdoor concert.
 
2013-09-06 07:49:00 PM  

Treygreen13: Sounds like the kind of festival Swagneto would play at.


Huzzah for the great Swagneto!


/doesn't get old
//3rd Bonaroo took us 12 hours of waiting. It was soooo f*cked.
 
2013-09-06 07:49:28 PM  

"...volunteers in the day parking area near Gate 1 off Oak Ridge Road walked out at about noon, "all at one time," said Capt. Ron Robertson of the Nelson County Sheriff's Department."


I've walked out on shiatty supervisors twice. One time I was hired back by his superior. Some people are just brown nosing managers who treats everyone below them like bums.

 
2013-09-06 07:50:15 PM  

MFAWG: Sonny Barger unavailable for comment.


An Altamont joke?  Too soon, man, too soon.
 
2013-09-06 07:51:55 PM  
those guys know nothing about festival going. Do like we do every year at Falcon Ridge,Arrive a day early, leave a day later
 
2013-09-06 07:51:56 PM  
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2013-09-06 07:53:23 PM  
One of my favorites circulating....

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2013-09-06 07:59:32 PM  

IoSaturnalia: MFAWG: Sonny Barger unavailable for comment.

An Altamont joke?  Too soon, man, too soon.


1.bp.blogspot.com

That's what you call "dead eyes".
 
2013-09-06 08:01:44 PM  
The New York State Thruway's closed, man !
 
2013-09-06 08:09:05 PM  
Sounds to me like they way understaffed the traffic control staff perhaps due to the fact they did not want to pay for it (or could not ) and the over whelmed traffic control guys said fark it and walked way as they had nothing to lose as even if they stayed all they would get is the lousy t-shirt they were already wearing.
 
2013-09-06 08:17:30 PM  
"Festival spokeswoman Olivia Branch..."

She sounds extended.
 
2013-09-06 08:21:22 PM  
node1.bbcimg.co.uk

Hey, which way to the music?

Should we just take the X now?  I mean, this may be as good as it gets.
 
2013-09-06 08:32:22 PM  

poppasd: not sure what kind of music you farkers are into, but the lineup of this festival is ridiculous if you're into the jam band scene.  Neil Young was supposed to be here but had to cancel last minute, which is why I did too.  First year festy = first world problems


I went to a first year festival a bit north of there this year (Del McCoury , Sam Bush Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band were the headliners) and it went off without a hitch. Other than the 5" of rain on Thursday night, it went better than I expected with the mix of rednecks and hippies that was present.
 
2013-09-06 08:47:16 PM  
Walking off the job before your shift is up opens you up to lost revenue liability, even if you are a volunteer. In this case, we could be talking thousands of dollars. These volunteers could get sued.

I am sure it is just epic retardedness on the part of everyone involved, so there is little chance that it is something that makes sense, like these volunteers don't want traffic every year, so they sabotage it bad enough the first time that the thing dies.

Or even less likely, a way to totally work the system for everyone, and make Johnny Law take over the traffic responsibilities on safety grounds...and not pay anyone...except for the t-shirts.
 
2013-09-06 08:57:15 PM  

Oznog: [node1.bbcimg.co.uk image 640x360]

Hey, which way to the music?

Should we just take the X now?  I mean, this may be as good as it gets.


flix66.com

?
 
2013-09-06 10:13:32 PM  

brimed03: Object lesson in poor volunteer management.  TFA could have done more to explain WHY they walked off the job.  Can range from "Fark this, I already got my free t-shirt" to "it's hot, we're understaffed, bosses suck, screw this."

Festival spokeswoman Olivia Branch said she'd heard "no reports of anyone walking off their shifts."

Frankly, from an event management perspective this is the most concerning part.  Either poor communication among festival organizers or she's lying.


Or their shift ended at noon and no one came back, for one reason or another. Keep in mind that I honestly believe she's running a line of shiat there, but there are other possibilities.
 
2013-09-06 10:26:25 PM  
Heh. I'm here now. Not at the festival but in the area. People locally have been talking about much longer delays than 4 hours. And there's much furious anger over Neil Young canceling at the last minute.
 
2013-09-06 11:21:28 PM  
I can certainly see some people having a blow-up with someone and walking out, or just flaking because they're irresponsible idiots, but everybody leaving all at once? Something got seriously farked up here.

My guess is that either the manager in charge was a jerk of exceptional magnitude, or the volunteers found out on the first shift they were being asked to handling something way beyond what you'd ask volunteers at a concert festival to handle (which could easily overlap with exceptional jerks).
 
2013-09-06 11:55:17 PM  
Phish had the greatest traffic jam of ALL TIME.

Big Cypress shut down Alligator Alley for like, a day... just to get to the exit.  A lot scene broke out on the shoulder of the road.  It was absurd to say the least.  And it wasn't the craziest thing that happened that weekend, but it was the least fun of the attractions at that particular festival.
 
2013-09-06 11:59:26 PM  
HAH. I used to live in Shipman about a mile away. That place was annoying, and my neighbors, who I hope were terribly inconvenienced, like dying on the way to the hospital inconvenienced, shot my cat.
 
2013-09-06 11:59:44 PM  
And this is why communism fails.
 
TWX
2013-09-07 02:50:24 AM  

Pocket Ninja: Heh. I'm here now. Not at the festival but in the area. People locally have been talking about much longer delays than 4 hours. And there's much furious anger over Neil Young canceling at the last minute.


Well of course he cancelled... Being stuck in traffic and unable to get to the venue he didn't have a lot of choice!

/have worked volunteering for events before
//after last crappy treatment at an event, won't volunteer ever again
 
2013-09-07 07:30:44 AM  

DiamondDave: "Festival spokeswoman Olivia Branch..."

She sounds extended.


Damn. I've known her 5 or 6 years, and that never occured to me. I haz an ashame.

/can concur, she's a very sweet lady
 
2013-09-07 08:43:19 AM  
Festivals are generally poorly managed as far as traffic, Moe.Down took over 3 hours to get parked, and I went to the 7th one! So expect that 7 hours to be in half by a couple years running, maybe, still not a very good number.
 
2013-09-07 02:02:07 PM  
If you read the story it says the problems began long before the volunteers walked off, and they walked off because they were overwhelmed by the problems and weren't the original cause.
 
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