Non-Premiums Shouldn't Make You Feel Sad Like That
I realize not everybody can make mid-six figures like my spouse. But just because you're not as fortunate as others, that doesn't give you the right to go around depressing paying cachers by trying to take the good trade items like travel bugs. That's my problem with regular geocachers: They spend all their time shuffling around with their tattered cache printouts and their cheap trade items, making you feel awful about having a premium membership and pocket queries. Well, I don't think they should make you feel sad like that. Of course the paying member gets first dibs on the bug!
Whether you're stopped at the park entrance in your H3 SUV, shopping for a new pair of Komperdell trekking poles, or strolling through the park, the non-premium freeloaders always seem to show up with their filthy CITO plastic bags seeking caches and travel bugs intended for us paying members. How depressing! Of course, the non-paying should be afforded a certain minimal level of human dignity, but they shouldn't get to lord their poverty over people.
If the non-premiums want to be treated better, they should understand that people like me want to be able to enjoy the view at the summit of a four star cache without having to look at some scabby CITO freak digging through the trash. If they must hang around caches, why not go to one star places like park and hides or shopping mall lots, where people more like them tend to associate? They shouldn't hang around the beautiful parks. Decent cachers want to enjoy their scenic hike without having to see a vagrant cacher taking up space on the trail. Nothing buzz kills the hunt faster.
And why hike on trails, anyway? Can't the gutter pups at least put the effort into bushwhacking through the bramble where I won’t have to see them? How can I head out on the trail loop on a frosty morning to enjoy a cup of spiced chai tea and a warm shelter building when, along the way, I have to trip over a non-premium huddled for warmth over the embers of a campfire? It's especially galling in light of the fact that my spouse pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes to buy places for these homeless people to sleep, and they aren't even using them. Instead they're sleeping outside, wasting our dollars, and making me feel bad, to boot.
Though the non-premium cacher should be allowed to go almost anywhere they want without harassment, they should at least have the decency to go where people aren't trying to enjoy themselves. Stay away from the challenging puzzle caches and clever multi’s. Do your loitering and paper printout caching outside places where people aren't having fun, like the DMV or Soup Kitchen.
And, if I may make a request to any non-paying cacher reading this, please don't ask for decrypted PDA hints from premium members with children. Trying to explain your miserable plight to a child is one of the hardest things a parent can do. They're too young to understand what makes certain people fall through the cracks of society, and it's not fair of you to force parents' hands with your presence.
The non-premium cacher needs to understand that other people have feelings, too, and that it's really pretty selfish of them to display their suffering out in the open like that. If they must be someplace where everyone can see them, can't they at least fake a smile? A smile is free, after all. Even non-premium cachers can afford that.