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Good Ol Boys Club?
I just a bought a brand new Smartcar BoConcept edition last week and found out there was a gathering in Amana, IA for this weekend. Super excited about my new car, I thought it may be cool to check out the scene, see some other cars, and chat with some other owners...
...While I must say that most of the people were friendly, nice, and courteous, and I met some really great people at the rally, like really great! My experience at the rally was less than pleasing because of the hosts treatment...
...When I arrived at the meeting spot day 1, I was treated poorly by the hosts due to the fact I did not "pre register" for the rally. This was a bit shocking to me. It was the tone and the way things were said that really got to me. I was abruptly told I am not able to receive a gift bag(when there were plenty), or a sticker (again plenty to go around), but was asked to give $20 for a dinner that I was not planning to attend...Ok so no gift bag, big deal, but again it was very off putting the way I was dismissed without even asking..
Was it was because I'm the new guy? Or was it because my car isin't cool enough? Do they not like me because I am a bit younger? 2 minutes into my first experience this is what I am wondering...
...On Saturday we all went for cool cruise around the Amana compounds, Stopped at the park and I tried to chat with your so called leader, in my profession I lead public events and I was going talk shop, but was again dismissed. A raffle was held, but I was told (quite rudely again) that I couldn't participate for the same reasons of not pre-registering...This time I did ask, maybe that was my mistake? Again it was the overall tone, or lack of respect that causes me to wonder, stir, and eventually write this useless post which should prove how strongly I feel just by its existence.
...If I need Smart merch or gifts from the amana area I can go get that stuff...it would've been great to feel like a welcome participant, or even treated with respect...that you can't buy....
...It felt a bit like a good ol boys club, and since I was new, I was not privy to the same treatment as everyone else...
...As a professional, I am a consultant and public events coordinator, so maybe I am a bit biased here as I expect high quality events. There is a level of respect and courtesy that should be given to everyone, with an emphasis on newcomers to bring life into any group situation. All I'm sure of is that I won't be attending any SmartCar gatherings led by these guys any time soon. It would have been very easy to make me feel welcome, but the host chose to act like an utter ******* instead. And that's just too bad. Utterly Disapointing. Its funny how one or two people can make you feel unwelcome even amidst 98 other new friends.
Total bummer, man.
Good luck to the rest of you guys.
Last edited by smartjohnny; 06-07-2014 at 08:42 PM.