Posted: May 31, 2012 1:21pm
I had security try and confiscate some of my juggling gear at the Coachella music festival a couple of years ago.
I got there early (my mistake), allowing security more time to search my prop bag. The guy searching my bag pulled out my LED juggling balls with an accusatory, "What are inside these!"
I politely told him what they were. He turned to another security guard, "there might be drugs inside" and he proceeded to try and dismantle my fairly expensive props.
When I protested and showed him how they actually worked, and then shook them to show him that they were solid without any "loose drugs", he let it go...
only to target my devilsticks. He thought the devilstick itself was okay, but wanted to confiscate the pair of sticks that went with it. He said they too closely resembled drumsticks which he thought could be used as a weapon. For whatever reason, the devilstick itself or my juggling clubs weren't considered weapons. Go figure.
He offered to let me thru on the condition I give up my LED juggling balls and devilstick sticks. I asked how I would get them back and he replied they didn't store things... I'd have to dispose of them.
I had tried to be understanding and calm throughout this... but I have to admit that I got a little upset with his ultimatum. It was going to be a very, very long walk back to my car in 90+ degree temperatures. Instead, I walked over to another entrance... waited until it was a little busier, and then went thru a different security line without any problem at all.
I can understand that running security is not fun and is frequently a thankless job, but at the same time, their actions can make it a lot less thankless.