As you know if you have been to this year's events, we have had some difficulties with an increasing number of newcomers trying to show off. Basically doing everything in their power to upset the shop owners, the local residents, the shoppers and finally the local police.
2016 became the year that the local police commander and i became email pals. Fortunately, in spite of some real stupid car driver tricks leaving our event site, he agreed to let us police ourselves (no pun intended). And so we handed out fliers and got hold of a bullhorn (thanks Basil) to appeal to the crowd and those of you who like this event.
And so we managed to get back some control. But i suspect as the weather warms and our attendance swells, those flyers and that bullhorn will come back into frequent use.
Keep in mind that the original Cars and Coffee in LA was closed down because of the actions of the attendees. More close to home, the famous Caffeine and Carburetors in New Canaan CT has announced they are taking 2017 off. They claim it is too involving for the organizers but is suspect the increasing size and actions of some of the attendees contributed to its shutdown.
For 2017, I'd like to remind all of you you like or, dare i say, love this over-sized coffee clutch, to help us enforce the rules. Its as simple as reminding anyone you invite to behave. I think most of us know what that means. Also, if you see someone misbehaving, try to talk to them. If not come find me and we'll bring over the bullhorn.
Have a very good 2017. Here is wishing your safe roads ahead.