+-CJ- Posted October 18, 2014 Share Posted October 18, 2014 Yesterday I got an email message from one cacher whom I know. She described her experience of hunting a cache together with a colleague coming from country X (I don't want anyone to be offended on the national ground). My friend was surprised with the "X-style" of geocaching: the guy simply ignored all muggles that were around. People were passing by, she said, some of them turning their heads, looking a bit interested. There was a couple on a bench nearby who stared at the guy while he was possessed with his search. He finally found the container, signed the log and replaced it - all in the same style, like if he was the invisible man. I wrote that she wasn't the first person who was surprised by people not using any stealth tactics while searching. I myself witnessed foreign cachers who paid no attention to the surrounding people. They started actively searching a cache immediately after they were at GZ. In one case a company of excited cachers talked too loudly so two workers came out of the nearest cafe to find our what was going on. Once in a country Y. I grabbed a container, signed its logbook and was about to replace it but was interrupted by a company of three lads who approached the GZ and started their search. I put the container in my pocket and waited; they tried different locations and argued with each other loudly where this cache could be. I was standing only three steps away staring at them; they acted like if I was invisible. Finally, I asked them to stop, passed the cache to them and pointed at the place where they should put it afterwards. In our local community we are trying to be very careful. There have been many caches where I abandoned my attempts because of muggles. I have always thought that the worst scenario would be that my actions would bring someone's attention to the cache and it would be muggled. In many cases I succeeded after waiting for half a hour or more. Sometimes I returned to a much crowded place but failed. We discussed a whole system of tricks here: bags, smoking, shoelaces, taking photos, all that things we used to camouflage our actions. But why don't our colleagues do the same? Perhaps they are coming from other cultures where geocaching is a widely known sport. It is easier to grab a cache from below a bench and if your neighbours notice and ask questions you just make them happy with a story about geocaching. Perhaps they are subject to popular belief that normally no one in a crowd pays attention to what you're doing. So simply do what you do and don't worry. (This may be true in some cultures but definitely not here). Or probably they don't own any caches and therefore don't know how diffivcult it could be for its owner sometimes to organize a trip to replace a missing cache. Recently one visitor grabbed my geocache while several meters away a company of youth enjoyed BBQ and beer. I visited this cache several hours after him during one of my regular maintenance trips. The container was already gone. Quote Link to comment
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