[Noisebridge-discuss] Late night noisebridge, not so great for working anymore.

Robert "Finny" Merrill rfmerrill at berkeley.edu
Wed Dec 19 03:36:13 UTC 2012

Maybe this was an isolated incident but...

I went to NB for the first time in quite a while last night, and
around 10 or 11 I think, I noticed that there seemed to be a lot of
drunkenness and rowdy socializing going on. I'm not an enemy of
drunkenness and rowdy socializing, but one particular individual
(whose name iirc was Jessie, and was a friend of someone else named
Martin) was rather sloshed and repeatedly approached me, interrupted
what I was doing and spewed rather rude insults at me because I was
trying to get work done instead of getting drunk like him (I am not
kidding, he actually said "I am offended by the fact that you guys
aren't drunk"). Whenever someone tried to tell him his behavior was
inappropriate, he responded by insulting them and what they were
doing, trying to fight them, and throwing small objects around the

I observed several people get up from their work and leave as a direct
result of this.

I did not feel comfortable kicking him out because I did not think he
would respond to anything short of threats to call the police, and as
a non-member I have no legal standing to have someone removed from the

Also, several other people in the space defended his conduct, one in
particular saying that I should just deal with it and that I should
take his insults as, in her words "constructive criticism".

I feel like while most people who drink and socialize in the space are
not disruptive, the fact that drinking and socializing are so
tolerated leads people like this to believe their actions are okay. I
think we need to make it clear that if you are not working, you should
at the very least not be bothering people who are.


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