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2 minutes ago, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

I came on here to indicate that the above is very funny. Then I thought about it and wondered if you mightn't think so. So then I started to think 'should I abort mission' or not. I decided not, and that it was self deprecating humour. Maybe everybody got that straight away. Maybe I did. Maybe they didn't because it was never meant that way. Not sure now.*

 

* Well, I think we can all agree that that smoke worked!

Oh no worries, I can see the humour in it 😄 Little annoying to have to whip out the ID for a Red Bull but, as I'm always hearing, I'll be thankful for it one day. 

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3 hours ago, oakdown said:

Oh no worries, I can see the humour in it 😄 Little annoying to have to whip out the ID for a Red Bull but, as I'm always hearing, I'll be thankful for it one day. 

I had no idea that you had to show ID for a Red Bull in any instance. I've only just found out that young(er.Much younger) people 'have' to go to college, or do an apprenticeship, or some such. That, to me, is fucking, out fucking rageous! So, the people who had a ball when they were young, don't want the people who are now the same age as they were then, to have a ball!? Weigh anchors.

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As I put on here at the time of the last festival, we searched going in and OUT at the gate C. 

 

After I left Radiohead to get some more alcohol they went to the extent of shining torches up my nose to prove I had taken something. Right obnoxious bold 50 year old doorman. They never found anything each time but saw a few people get taxes on the way out - mostly young lads

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5 minutes ago, Upside down frowner said:

As I put on here at the time of the last festival, we searched going in and OUT at the gate C. 

 

After I left Radiohead to get some more alcohol they went to the extent of shining torches up my nose to prove I had taken something. Right obnoxious bold 50 year old doorman. They never found anything each time but saw a few people get taxes on the way out - mostly young lads

Yes as I said further up the thread, this happened to my mate going out of Gate C, he was a bit drunk so they stopped him, searched him and took what he had away from him. Annoying thing is for my sober mate who was just helping him back to the caravan they also searched them and took all their stuff away too. They also lined them both up and photographed them before sending them on their way, not sure what the point of that was.

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Maybe in misremembering but I can’t remember seeing dogs any time I’ve gone in. Maybe because I’m in the queue from about 5am so through the gates pretty quickly? I’ve been searched re-entering when I went to the car park to help my friends bring their stuff in but had nothing on me anyway. Seemed like a fairly basic search too. 
Although I do wonder if they’ll be on it even more this year after that report of cocaine/MDMA traces in the water? 

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20 minutes ago, DareToDibble said:

Although I do wonder if they’ll be on it even more this year after that report of cocaine/MDMA traces in the water? 

Thats all forgotten about 3 years on anyway in the media. Its like that every year i'm sure at festivals all over the country.

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3 hours ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

Yes as I said further up the thread, this happened to my mate going out of Gate C, he was a bit drunk so they stopped him, searched him and took what he had away from him. Annoying thing is for my sober mate who was just helping him back to the caravan they also searched them and took all their stuff away too. They also lined them both up and photographed them before sending them on their way, not sure what the point of that was.

Honestly this thread is making me paranoid that the checks are more then they are. If a security guard was shining a torch up my nose I'd certainly be complaining to his supervisor about an invasive search.

 

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1 hour ago, DareToDibble said:

Although I do wonder if they’ll be on it even more this year after that report of cocaine/MDMA traces in the water? 

Don't pee on the land, everybody!

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55 minutes ago, Leyrulion said:

Honestly this thread is making me paranoid that the checks are more then they are. If a security guard was shining a torch up my nose I'd certainly be complaining to his supervisor about an invasive search.

 

I've been staying in CV East for at least the last 10 festivals, which means I've gone through Gate C at least twice every day of the festival.  Seen a minority of people in front of me stopped, or in the process of having their stuff checked, but never had myself or companions stopped once.

When I've seen them doing it, it does seem to have been consistent with what's referred to in that article, so not too much to worry about - "Finally, and on a serious note, always remember your rights. Security guards cannot legally detain you unless they suspect you for an indictable offence, but they can eject you from the premises or stop you from coming in. If you agree to a search with security, they can only check your bags, pockets and outer layers of clothing and only on entrance to the premises. They also have the power to confiscate anything illegal that they find if you agreed to the search"
 

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3 hours ago, Leyrulion said:

Honestly this thread is making me paranoid that the checks are more then they are. If a security guard was shining a torch up my nose I'd certainly be complaining to his supervisor about an invasive search.

 

I went for many years and was never searched until more recent years.  Had a car search in 2011 (just checked the boot for glass items basically) and only got searched for the first time in 2016, which was only going through my hand luggage and asking me to empty my pockets into a tray.  Since then I've been searched coming in multiple times and it's really only a quick look in your bag.  At no point have security ever touched me, patted me down, only gone through my bag like they were going through the motions, they've never unpacked my backpack or opened my tent, gone through my belongings in any way.

It always feels to me like they have to meet a quota to be seen to be making an effort rather than having any hope or intent to find or seize our goodies.

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8 hours ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

Yes as I said further up the thread, this happened to my mate going out of Gate C, he was a bit drunk so they stopped him, searched him and took what he had away from him. Annoying thing is for my sober mate who was just helping him back to the caravan they also searched them and took all their stuff away too. They also lined them both up and photographed them before sending them on their way, not sure what the point of that was.

Will people not learn to use the lockups 🙃

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1 minute ago, fred quimby said:

Will people not learn to use the lockups 🙃

I recall being at Glastonbury one year and somebody pointed out that an official Glastonbury Festival piece of paper was giving advice out about what to do, and what not to do etc. One particular section pleaded with people to use the free Lock Ups. That particular bit of information ended with the advice to use the lock ups for storing 'any medication that you cannot be without'. Maybe they meant 'proper' medication, maybe they didn't too.

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1 hour ago, Spindles said:

I went for many years and was never searched until more recent years.  Had a car search in 2011 (just checked the boot for glass items basically) and only got searched for the first time in 2016, which was only going through my hand luggage and asking me to empty my pockets into a tray.  Since then I've been searched coming in multiple times and it's really only a quick look in your bag.  At no point have security ever touched me, patted me down, only gone through my bag like they were going through the motions, they've never unpacked my backpack or opened my tent, gone through my belongings in any way.

It always feels to me like they have to meet a quota to be seen to be making an effort rather than having any hope or intent to find or seize our goodies.

I have seen people being really searched, in baccy and everything out. You obviously do not look the type 😃.

I have never really been searched either, even at places they have been going through everybody. Just feeds into my I'm invisible to everyone fears (not sure I mind) 

Did get accused of being drug squad one year by some chap we were walking behind. In a low voice I just said "we are watching you" and me and my mate walked away pretending to talk into our invisible microphones

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I have been to every Glastonbury since 2007 and have only ever been searched once and that was in 2013.

It was Friday afternoon we had dropped some 2cb, it didn't seem to be working so we dropped some more then suddenly and somewhat unsurprisingly everything starts working, where is a Flaming Lips set when you need one 😉

Anyway one of the three of us was feeling a bit feary, he wanted a toilet but a "proper" toilet like with walls where you can feel secure, so we thought it best to head back to Worthy View there and no problems on the way out of the site.  However on the way back in I was clearly away with the fairies luckily and had moved all my stash inside my special pants.  I was searched very very thoroughly on the way back in and to the letter of the law all my pockets emptied wallet taken apart etc., absolutely everything, but as mentioned above I know where they can and cant look and I was having a great time of course they were obliged to wave me back in, they were gutted lol.

Moral of the story: "I never forget your special pants"

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4 hours ago, Leyrulion said:

Honestly this thread is making me paranoid that the checks are more then they are. If a security guard was shining a torch up my nose I'd certainly be complaining to his supervisor about an invasive search.

 

To be honest security at glasto is the best. You're least likely to be searched here out of all the festivals IMO. If you actually have stuff on you, my advice would be to be friendly and jokey with them. Complaining about an invasive search is probably only going to make them want to find it more & if they do find it, they're less likely to look the other way. Unfortunate but sometimes you just have to play the man, not the game.

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5 hours ago, hjwright said:

To be honest security at glasto is the best. You're least likely to be searched here out of all the festivals IMO. If you actually have stuff on you, my advice would be to be friendly and jokey with them. Complaining about an invasive search is probably only going to make them want to find it more & if they do find it, they're less likely to look the other way. Unfortunate but sometimes you just have to play the man, not the game.

Wise words. 

If you are pulled ( I never have been when I attended) and you have stuff on you, and you want to 'go for it' in terms of letting them check you over, then I'd say that you'd want 'it' up your arse (never have done it - on a number of fronts!) or you want it so well hidden and disguised that it will pass even the most thorough of visual checks that the security can carry out. It can be done. 

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2 minutes ago, Deaf Nobby Burton said:

I’ve met people in Ibiza who say they’ve shoved it up their arse to get their own stash there, would never have the balls for that.

That Richard Reid blighter has a lot to answer for. 

As Romesh said:-

“How do we know that the terrorists haven't already won?

How do we know what their initial goal was?

What if their initial goal was just to make air travel fucking annoying?

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2 hours ago, TheSheriff said:

Well I was after a new water bottle, think this one might come in handy going through gates back to the campervan 

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There's lots of kit like that on the market, but that one is one that I haven't seen before. It's quite a pricey object in comparison to some, but I'd say less ubiquitous than some too - and that might be a favourable factor. I'd say that a lot of security and the police are fully aware of coke cans, tins of beans etc, but not necessarily that one. then again, I'd say the trick is to use that principle (ie disguise) but make your own out of an object of your choosing. Use a Mylar bag in addition, and you are good to go.

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1 minute ago, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

There's lots of kit like that on the market, but that one is one that I haven't seen before. It's quite a pricey object in comparison to some, but I'd say less ubiquitous than some too - and that might be a favourable factor. I'd say that a lot of security and the police are fully aware of coke cans, tins of beans etc, but not necessarily that one. then again, I'd say the trick is to use that principle (ie disguise) but make your own out of an object of your choosing. Use a Mylar bag in addition, and you are good to go.

In connection with the above (kind of) I once managed to get about 7 litres of red wine (can't recall the specifics) in to the Secret Garden Festival one year, when the allowance was a decanted single 70cl bottle. And the security were searching every single person's bags. Oh and there was a sniffer dog next to me too, but I hadn't even noticed it as I was concentrating on getting my booze in and not my drugs (it was my mate following me in that told me about the dog).

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11 hours ago, TheSheriff said:

Well I was after a new water bottle, think this one might come in handy going through gates back to the campervan 

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If you stickerbombed this / personalised it then it would be even less obvious too!

8 hours ago, Yoghurt on a Stick said:

In connection with the above (kind of) I once managed to get about 7 litres of red wine (can't recall the specifics) in to the Secret Garden Festival one year, when the allowance was a decanted single 70cl bottle. And the security were searching every single person's bags. Oh and there was a sniffer dog next to me too, but I hadn't even noticed it as I was concentrating on getting my booze in and not my drugs (it was my mate following me in that told me about the dog).

How on earth!

12 hours ago, clarkete said:

What if their initial goal was just to make air travel fucking annoying?

Terror so in a way, yes. Its all about making people live in fear rather than actually blowing up stuff in my eyes

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