Dear Congoers of America: Please Don’t Trash Con Hotels

So Katsucon was held this last weekend in National Harbor, MD, and the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center is a bit worse for wear because of it. Although the actual fire that occurred was not attendee related, most of the damage was caused by the congoers themselves.

There’s a post circulating on Facebook detailing a number of issues created by attendees, including broken exit signs, flooding, graffiti, holes punched in doors, and some urine. Seriously – this stuff happened, and here are a few pictures:

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This isn’t isolated to Katsucon, let’s be clear – I’ve seen things like this happen at cons across the country. This is just a very, very well documented example. And I just have one thing to ask to the congoers responsible for these things: What the f**k is wrong with you?

I mean, seriously – do you actually like being able to go to conventions? Because this sort of crap right here is how you get cons kicked out of hotels. This is how you get hotel rates jacked up for every event that tries to host an event in your area, and this is why ticket and badge prices go up.

This is how you kill a con scene.

So please, just stop. Treat con hotels like a place you want to go back to — because I’m pretty sure you do want to go to more cons. You wouldn’t pee in the hallway of your own home, so why the f**k are you doing it here (and if you would do that too, please exit the con scene entirely). And just because you get away with breaking stuff in hotels, doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences — they just won’t be right away. They won’t be direct.

But maybe five years from now there won’t be a con to go to, all because you acted like a jackass. So stop – treat venues and shared spaces with respect or they just won’t exist anymore.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”