[Noisebridge-discuss] Bulling Today/ Terrible Day

tman66 at gmail.com tman66 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 22 20:38:52 UTC 2017


Hello Tara,

Thank you for bringing this to up. I will talk to Nick and Vicky about this matter. One thing I would like to say to you is that I already mentioned earlier that some people may be uncomfortable with dogs at Noisebridge, especially if they are allergic to them. Vicky is suffering medically from high anxiety and is highly allergic to dogs. So even though the message was not expressed the best way, if dogs are sitting around couches and making people uncomfortable then they cannot be at the space. We are trying to be as open as possible but our furry friends are not making or creating anything at the space so if people start feeling uncomfortable with them around, they get asked to leave, just as people do.

I have forwarded this email to our Noisebridge discussion list. This will give the opportunity for other people in the community give their input in the matter.

-J

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 12:26 PM, August XIII <augustxiii84 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Today, as I tried welcoming my new friend from Switzerland into the space, Vicky and Nick were bring tremendously hostile with both of us.
> 
> Vicky hostily shared that,
> 
> 1. people in the past have stolen,
> 2. that in the past homeless squatters have tried to overrun the space, and 
> 3. these (fair) concerns made her nervous about her big ticket $5,000 laptop being stolen or vandalized.
> 
> Once I shared that I will watch him and be accountable for his actions, she found this to be unfavorable.
> 
> She switched gears towards me, and Nick joined her.
> 
> 1. I was told my dogs were unwelcome because Vicky has an allergy, (which Nick later said was not true, and that it creates severe anxiety), and not to have them on the furniture.
> 2. I was told that the rules are not to "tailgate people", 
> 3. and both of us were made to feel very unwelcomed in an environment I certainly use every opportunity to forge new friendships and create a welcoming energy.
> 
> I moved my dogs to the floor, and kept them on leash, and had to defend my place several times because I was made to feel my tenure, my presence or my friend- who was warmly welcomed yesterday; did not outrank several members and their seniority.
> 
> While I am disappointed in these actions, the tarnished behavior of our Switzerland guest was really felt; he no longer wanted to stay and met with special people this place attracts, and that is NOT the purpose of this space.
> 
> I want this to be documented as a reflection of the small, but monumental day to day vibes, which keep otherwise good people away from such a beautiful, wonderful and attractive space, based on imaginary FEAR of PAST behavior that has NOTHING to do with the PRESENT guests or contribution we work effortlessly- to blaze through and create
> 
> Tara
> 747-257-9146
> 
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