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So we can't go through an entire con without some form of drama manifesting itself in some way or other. While the rest of BABScon on the surface was overwhelmingly free of worry, somehow shitstorms began to churn in the background. We'll start with this one that has begun garnering attention; a dispute between PurpleTinker and NovalG that expanded beyond standard travel-irritation, into - according to Noval (aka SavingThrow) - someone getting "abandoned" in San Francisco.
At Noval's prodding, we've transcribed the long series of public tweets into a coherent open letter below.
"A lot of people have been asking me what the hell happened on Thursday on the way to BabsCon. Time to talk about it.
It started about 6 months ago when Purple Tinker asked me to help run her both at BabsCon.
In exchange she was going to cover my expenses and pay me $300 for the weekend. Pretty good deal, no? I agreed.
Fast forward to January. I planned a trip to MAGFest as a birthday surprise for @CherriLyme and invited Tinker to come.
She decided she wanted to make a goal of the weekend to raid the DC hot topic stores to buy stuff for her to sell at BabsCon.
I reluctantly agreed we could hit a couple. MAGFest weekend she was a total jerk.
She prioritized her wants at the convention over what Cherri wanted to do.She yelled at me repeatedly because we got there late and had to reschedule our appointment for Starship Horizons.
Then the next day I had to drive her to hot topic, luckily we only hit one store, but she bought at least $1000 in pony before discounts. Cherri didn’t want to go, ok, but Tinker then decided to side trip for an hour to an international grocery store. I was there for Cherri that weekend and I wasn’t getting to spend as much time with hir that weekend as I wanted. Well after that weekend we had a big fight that resulted in her calling me some pretty foul names. I quit the BabsCon trip and didn’t talk to her for a few days. Well after an apology I told her I’d be back on for BabsCon. This was the big mistake right here, accepting her apology.
The fight was with Tinker. I felt so bad for Cherri after that weekend.
Fast forward to last Thursday. I fly from Pittsburgh to San Francisco for BabsCon.
As soon as I get off the plane she starts complaining, through @Smurgen at first, that I’m taking too long to get my luggage and find her.
I get a message from Smurgen with a map. Which I tweet back my location.
Will if you notice the terminal is round and the original image is rotated 90 degrees.
She calls on the phone and starts yelling at me that they just missed a shuttle to the hotel and that her time it’s too valuable.
I finally realize the map thing and eventually make my way too where they are waiting outside for the shuttle. As soon as I arrive she gives me a hug then starts insulting my intelligence and ability to follow directions.
I yell at her to shut the fuck up, because I’d had enough and someone needed to finally stand up to her.
She then begins to insult my weight, the fact that I work at Target, and the fact that I still live with my parents, and my intelligence.
She then walks over to me and tries to pull me aide to yell at me some more. I refused.
That’s where she fired me from the booth and took away my con badge since it was going to be a vendor assistant badge.
The shuttle finally comes, I get on with her and @BrowncoatPony while the others wait for the next shuttle (she had like 10 suitcases)
Then this text exchange happened while on the shuttle.
Luckily at that point we got to the hotel and @iStricer and @Sindiewen offered to let me stay in their room for free.
And @ChefSandy talked to @sonyalynn and got my badge transferred over to a normal attendee badge for the weekend.
But I’m still out the parking fees, bag fees, and other expenses Tinker promised to reimburse me for.
That total is close to $200. An expensive lesson to learn.
So that’s what Purple Tinker did to me. Essentially stranded me in San Francisco with hardly any money.
When you get down to it, she saw me as nothing more than an employee this weekend, not a friend at all.
I’ve tried longer than most to try and help her, to try and see the good in her, but I’m done. I can’t do this anymore."