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(Des Moines Register)   Everyone who planned on visiting the Iowa State Fair can relax: the fair has abandoned its plan to force you to buy tickets for food. So good news for anyone planning on taking the most boring vacation ever   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 32
    More: Followup, Iowa State Fair, Iowa, Terry Branstad  
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2014-01-10 09:36:54 AM
Iowa still sounds fat.
 
2014-01-10 09:39:50 AM
If tickets are only available in 50 cent increments, and there is no cash, I can only assume they keep the change.

This move is certainly because carnies are thieves, so I don't blame the fairgrounds.

I've worked a couple food trailers at fairs. You best believe I would arrange some "discounts" on stuff that wasn't counted.

// carney thief
 
2014-01-10 09:40:33 AM
Despite this, he said most of this week's clamor was based on unfounded anger that customers would have to suffer through long lines. "When you don't get the opportunity to say that in a social media world ... it just backs you into a corner," Slater said. "You don't have much power, you don't have much ability to get the real story out there, because everybody thinks you're trying to get them."

That's because people have gotten used to the idea that changes are meant to screw them over because a large percentage of the time that's exactly what they do.

If you're going to make changes especially at a long term event with a lot of people you need to preempt peoples objections by anticipating the likely concerns and have realistic responses that address them.
 
2014-01-10 09:44:12 AM
So instead of having the vendors gouging the fair organizers by underreporting sales they choose to gouge to fairgoers directly. Fantastic idea.
 
2014-01-10 09:46:03 AM
So we're back to "dollars to doughnuts", instead of "dollars for doughnuts".  Rogers & Hammerstein will be pleased.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-01-10 09:47:57 AM
Long lines! Long lines! Long lines!

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Our time is valuable!  We're important!

We have to get home from the fairgrounds because Hee-Haw comes on at 8!
 
2014-01-10 09:48:48 AM
I always stay away from those "I" states.
 
2014-01-10 09:51:21 AM
Iowa state fair is good place to get shot.
 
2014-01-10 09:52:08 AM

Deep Contact: I always stay away from those "I" states.


"I," for one, don't blame you.
 
2014-01-10 09:53:51 AM
Iowa State fair is a great place to get laid if you have a fetish for large women and little self respect.
 
2014-01-10 09:53:54 AM
At the Texas State Fair all food and rides are only sold by tickets. Has been for at least the last 39 years that I've been going.
 
2014-01-10 09:56:16 AM
People don't like to be told what to do.

A better scheme would have instituted the cashless tickets at a substantial discount (or conversely just charge a 10% or so premium for cash) but still had the vendors accept cash.  Do that for a year or two and then switch over to cashless exclusively.
 
2014-01-10 09:57:47 AM
Who cares, is Beat Whitey Night still on?
 
2014-01-10 09:58:25 AM

Random Anonymous Blackmail: Iowa State fair is a great place to get laid if you have a fetish for large women and little self respect.


Or you could dress up as Santa and hang out in the big and tall section of a department store.
 
2014-01-10 10:07:04 AM
Corn dogs. One of the best bad food groups. I'm a goin'
 
2014-01-10 10:07:31 AM

susler: People don't like to be told what to do.

A better scheme would have instituted the cashless tickets at a substantial discount (or conversely just charge a 10% or so premium for cash) but still had the vendors accept cash.  Do that for a year or two and then switch over to cashless exclusively.


That's a great idea. It's a slow transition that would grow organically, it's fair to both customers and vendors, and it likely wouldn't have resulted in social media outcry. I wonder why it didn't occur to the people whose claim to fame is chicken fried fudge on a stick.
 
2014-01-10 10:09:08 AM

Pangea: If tickets are only available in 50 cent increments, and there is no cash, I can only assume they keep the change.

This move is certainly because carnies are thieves, so I don't blame the fairgrounds.

I've worked a couple food trailers at fairs. You best believe I would arrange some "discounts" on stuff that wasn't counted.

// carney thief


stuff at a fair isn't priced like $1.99 or 3.33.... it's all .00 or .50.
 
2014-01-10 10:14:15 AM

d23: Long lines! Long lines! Long lines!

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Our time is valuable!  We're important!

We have to get home from the fairgrounds because Hee-Haw comes on at 8!


Oh, this made me laugh.

These people take their fatness and spare change seriously!
 
2014-01-10 10:16:55 AM
$0.50 tickets to be used instead of money for commercial transactions?

18 U.S.C. Part I Chapter 17 Section 336 would like a word.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/html/USCODE-2011-ti tl e18-partI-chap17-sec336.htm

/Nothing is legal anymore
 
2014-01-10 10:42:23 AM

thedumbone: $0.50 tickets to be used instead of money for commercial transactions?

18 U.S.C. Part I Chapter 17 Section 336 would like a word.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/html/USCODE-2011-ti tl e18-partI-chap17-sec336.htm

/Nothing is legal anymore


That's cool. Thanks for the citation.
 
2014-01-10 11:04:53 AM
The Iowa State Fair -- come for the hog calling contest and stay for the Jellies of Madison County.
 
2014-01-10 11:15:20 AM

SewerUrchin99: So we're back to "dollars to doughnuts", instead of "dollars for doughnuts".  Rogers & Hammerstein will be pleased.


Perhaps. The expression is still almost meaningless because its outdated, though. How much does a decent doughnut cost these days?
 
2014-01-10 11:23:48 AM
They used the card method down here at the Colorado State Fair for food. . .worst farking idea ever.  Vendors didn't get shiat for tips and people ended up with a bunch of cards with a buck or two on them that they couldn't use.
 
2014-01-10 11:48:23 AM
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2014-01-10 11:54:48 AM

itsaidwhat: thedumbone: $0.50 tickets to be used instead of money for commercial transactions?

18 U.S.C. Part I Chapter 17 Section 336 would like a word.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2011-title18/html/USCODE-2011-ti tl e18-partI-chap17-sec336.htm

/Nothing is legal anymore

That's cool. Thanks for the citation.


Welcome.  It's been trotted out recently re: bitcoin, though arcades, laundromats, etc seem to have been ignoring it for some time.

Nonetheless, I felt smug when I posted it, and that's what counts.
 
2014-01-10 11:55:26 AM
Venues love this whole "tickets instead of cash" thing because in a unified venue, like an amusement park, where a single entity owns all the food and entertainment options, it cuts down on employee theft and fraud. It's not so necessary at something like the fair because most vendors there are independent, and having to change tickets back to money is just more hassle.
 
2014-01-10 12:22:00 PM
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2014-01-10 01:05:57 PM

Deep Contact: I always stay away from those "I" states.


You might want to check out Indiana. Not that's there's anything remarkable about the place, but the biggest assholes I've ever met elsewhere were from there, so I suspect they have a process of casting them out.
 
2014-01-10 02:29:27 PM
They use debit cards instead of tickets for a yearly blues festival in SoCal that I attend. Buying them is fast and no more than 10 minutes to wait in line to cash them in.
Tickets in .50 cent increments sounds like a pain.
 
2014-01-10 03:09:13 PM

Deep Contact: I always stay away from those "I" states.


I moved from one to another and have family in a third, and... well, they're not that bad.

/Illinois-Indiana-Iowa, respectively
//Idaho - you're next!
 
2014-01-11 01:08:42 AM
Why not RFID bracelets like Disney is setting up.
 
2014-01-11 01:55:26 AM
Will the Corn Dog Fellatio Extravaganza still need tickets?

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