QUOTE (PDePauw @ Mar 19 2012, 09:17 PM)
We raised our practice fee from $2 to $3 about 3 years ago. Our practice is 3 hours every Tuesday and Thursday for the whole summer. So we have had a $1 increase in practice in 19 years of existence at East Moline BMX. People still complain. I had one guy say i was lining my pockets. That was funny. Little did he know that heading into my 19th year as TO my skin is inches thick like tough old shoe leather. I am going to go out on a limb here, but my take is BMX is always taken for granted and that some users of BMX are extremely cheap and ungrateful. The 16OZ that cost almost 3 dollars is a better deal than the local BMX track. It boils down to people. Some get it and some don't. This you can count on. Some people are incredible buttheads. I am OK with that. Thanks for coming and racing at our track.
I think this season will be our best ever of all time. I am very confident of that. I will keep showing up sometimes despite and sometimes in spite and usually because i have a great time doing it. We open practice tomorrow and we race Sunday. See you there.
That post is chock full of awesome!
Some folks complain. Thats what they do. They're good at it and they practice often. I have developed over the years a rather complete counter offensive/defensive strategy.
I'm just as mad about it as they are. (Probably madder.)
I'll even often say, "I'm just as mad about that as you are!".
"Hell, I think tracks that over charge are killing the sport. but we had to do it." (insert bogus, yet believable reason here, something like... "Man the funnel cake guy has got us by the nads, he's taking away all of the hot dog revenue, and we're only getting a small scratch of his nugget. Crap, we gotta pay the Honey bucket guy this week. Man Im mad, don't even get me started.")
Then walk away.
It works great. First off, they respect that you are a smart person (You agreed with them, and they are the smartest people they know,which makes you smart by association.)
Their argument is gone. (Unless he decides the two of you need to go lookin' for whoever this funnel cake character is and we'll both give him a piece of our minds. That scenario may require advanced tactics that we just don't have time for here.)
They think you might be a little crazy with possible anger management issues.(A well practiced eye twitch can help pull off the effect.)
They typically go elswhere to get their whine on, which is the primary goal of a seasoned T.O. when dealing with these folks.
Good to see you!... See you again next week! With nothing in between. Utopia.