The thieves were what really took the cake for me. One Microsoft Intellimouse Optical was stolen as well as a bunch of the free T-Shirts, Mouse Pads and pens. It's hard to call it stealing when the product is supposed to be given away for free in the first place, but the way some of the stuff was being lifted was just plain wrong.
First, we had the folks that would blatantly walk back into our "staging" area and stick their hands in the boxes of goodies and grab hands full of stuff. There was a full gamut of people taking part in this activity from young to old. There were even two brothers with their father helping themselves to an entire mug full of AMD pens! This pilfery not only happened to stuff we were giving away, but stuff that had been given to us or had brought with us as well! The guy from Minolta, who helped with putting printers on all of the computers, had his bottled water stolen. I had an FM radio and a key chain light that I had obtained from QPS stolen from me. One of the other guys had his Cooler Master flag stolen. Sick! Sick, I tell you!
The other kind of petty theft that we were subject to really ticked me off because it insulted our intelligence. As people would wait for a PC to use, I would walk by and drop mouse pads and T-Shirts in their goody bags. Of course, I didn't look every single solitary person in the eye, so I know I gave some things to some people twice as I made my rounds around the pavilion. People saw this as me being ignorant and took this as an opportunity to get three or four T-Shirts or mouse pads.
One guy, that had come to Comdex with his wife and daughter (I had seen them together earlier), came up to me and asked me, "Gee...What's that?" I knew I had given him, and his family each, a T-Shirt and a mouse pad. I felt his inquisitiveness was natural since the T-Shirts came vacuum packed as very small squares. I actually had some people think they were packs of napkins. I told him that it was a T-Shirt and gave him one more. Not 10 seconds later, his wife came up to me and said, "Gee...What's that?"
Now, come on.
I politely stated that it was a vacuum packed T-Shirt and that I had already given her, her husband and her daughter at least a couple of them each and that I needed to save the others for other people that did not yet get a T-Shirt. She then walked off. I turned around and looked to the other side of the pavilion where one of my co-workers was standing with a handful of T-Shirts. A few seconds later, I see him throwing vacuum packed T-Shirts in the goody bags of the man, his wife and their daughter. Sigh.
All and all, I didn't get to play X-Box, I didn't get to check out a new PDA for the wife, and the only new product I scored was a Swiftech fan that was given to me because the guy was looking for AMD and missed their meeting upstairs. I got in about an hour and a half of walk through time the entire week I was there.
Next year, I think I'll let one of the other techs go to Comdex Vegas instead of me.
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