in the public too long? people apathy?

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Posted by Darla so Dreadly on May 30, 2002 at 01:08:49:

So on my weekend coffeehouse gig for Ybor City I have three tables
(the tables are really tiny) two for design books (one of these is
outside) and one for me and my work. Well I don't care who sits at
the outside table, my books are there to give folks something to look
at as they pass by. Well this group of boomers sat down outside,
there were about five people, with coffee and cake and stuff. I went
out there and told them I didn't mind them sitting here, but to
please be mindful of the books, I didn't want them messed up. I've
got ccj's book out there with plastic sleeves and everything, but
still... you know how it is, ya got money in those books and things!

The guy asked me if I would bring him a cozy for his coffee (you know
those things you put around the cup so it's not so hot), then once he
heard what I'd said he replied very nastily, "Oh, I see how it is, we
can buy things from your store, but not eat them here?" I said, "I
don't work here, I only set up here on the weekends. I don't mind
you eating here, just be careful not to spill anything on my books."

I did not start out with a bad attitude with this guy. But it really
pisses me off how sometimes I'm treated like a stupid third class
citizen because I'm an artist.

The tables I use are obvious because they are the only ones with
tablecloths and books about henna on them!

Ybor City is a highly touristed area, that's why I set up there,
there's always going to be a crowd out on the streets. But
circumstances like this happen more and more... it just gets old
trying to stay bright and cheerful all the time :(

One time this lady got right in my face when I was working on someone
else from her party and started asking me all these repetitive
questions. I didn't like the tone she was using with me and got a
really bad vibe from her. I actually asked her to take a step back.
I felt like I had to, you know what I mean? Even tho I'm an artist
there to do a service, sometimes you've just got to protect yourself.

What do you folks think? Ever had situations where you've felt you
needed to get defensive? I mean, besides the obvious black henna


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