Yes hello do you have rum ice cream 8y chance?
but all the people who own shops around cons
every year they just see this swarm of people coming down the street in dumb costumes
"yep same shit as usual"
Dude cons make so much fucking money for these people it’s utterly ridick. After Otakon this year my dad and I went to this little pizza shop down the road form the convention center and my dad being my overly friendly, talkative dad, started chatting with the nice old lady who ran the place.
She told us about how the con brought in a TON of money into the city every year, and not only that, dramatically reduced the crime rate over the weekend. If you go too far down the road, you realize that the Baltimore convention center isn’t that far from a not really great part of town. But all those people? It makes it hard for the really bad people to do their thing. For one weekend, some of the people in the area get to go about their business feeling a little safer, and a little better off than they normally would, because the swarms of people are coming down the street in their dumb, wonderful costumes.
cons are great okay, even for those not involved with them. It’s really, really beautiful.
I’ve been treated like crap by an establishment for being part of a con at only one location in all of my con-going history. No lie, every other place has treated us like celebrities. I’ve had people come up to me and shake my hand and thank me for coming out and helping their business.
So for God’s sake, attend cons and cosplay and be a good person while you do it! If you’re polite and are a good patron, the people running businesses there will most likely love you.