Update 2: The people responsible came forward, paid up, and apologized profusely. My faith in humanity is restored. A number of other people also chipped in with monies, so I’m gonna think about something sensible to do with the money – if you have any suggestions for worthy causes that could use some cash, let me know.
On day 3 of 30c3, we went to Germany’s best cocktail bar, Le Lion. That is not the bad part.
Good times were had by all. That, too, is not the bad part.
One of the congress visitors stealing, that is the bad part. It doesn’t really matter so much who stole, what they stole or from whom, except that we’re talking about a luxury item and about people who visit a high class bar and paid for some of their drinks – so clearly, there was no distress driving them to steal.
First and foremost, it’s about values. I am immensely disappointed. Julian and I invited a bunch of friends to enjoy a great bar. I did not expect that any c3 visitor would stoop so low as to steal a bottle of champagne from a bar during a semi-official congress-related event. I feel personally responsible for bringing these thieves into a friendly place.
I believe in some old-fashioned values, like honesty and integrity. I also feel that community management is important, no matter what community we’re talking about: As soon as people form a group, they have social interactions within and outside the group. When a member of this group breaks the rules – and I feel that stealing does, usually – the group needs to show that this behavior is not acceptable.
To the guys who stole the champagne: Shame on you. Contact me before the 31st of December at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can resolve this amicably.
Update: I received comments about the “phantom image” and mentioning details of their behavior for possible identification. I feel that it was okay to post the crappy pixelated image and quote people publicly if they very loudly discuss their drug habits in a bar, but I decided to remove the identifying details because they do not matter for the message I’m trying to convey. To the people who think that it’s totally fine to steal, as long as you’re stealing from a high class bar: Thanks for outing yourselves.