Friday, April 3, 2009
For the past a couple of the Fast and Furious theatrical releases, it has been part of the Southern California Supraforums tradition to have an official meet on opening night at the local mall, The Block of Orange. Ever since the very first meet, the Supraforums organizers have rented out the entire theater for its members and other enthusiasts from other car clubs. The meet have grown exponentially after each release over the years and many members have been long waiting for the 4th release of the movie just to attend the meet regardless of how they feel about the movie.
However, to everyone's disappointment, the 4th meet was a total bust thanks to the security guards and idiotic mall management. Despite the high vacancy rate with the recent closures of most of its biggest and oldest tenants - Ron Jon's Surf Shop, Virgin Megastore, Steve and Barry's just to name a few - which left the mall lifeless on the weekend nights, the management brilliantly decided to turn away business by kicking everyone out and prohibit spectators from taking pictures with their cameras.
Worst, the security rode around in his Segway all high and mighty as if he was commanding a Roman chariot, vigilantly trying to catch people taking pictures and assert what little petty authority he has. Despite his attempt to regulate (or overcompensate with his phony badge), the spectators gave the poor idiot the amount of respect no greater than the amount of respect middle school students give to their substitute teachers and ignored his orders and warnings. I managed to snap up a few decent shots behind his back before getting kicked out at the end of the meet.
The meet then ended in a climatic fashion an hour later when the Orange Police Department finally responded to the management's call. What a great way to treat patrons with disposable income when you barely have any.