Poll: Awesome or Totally Dumb

So, here's the deal. I was watching Daredevil with my wife last night (really, really great show by the way) and I had a brilliantly bright light bulb go off in my head for an awesome way to spend the day, but my wife kind of rolled her eyes and said endearingly that it was ridiculous. Here's the idea:

You get about 7 or 8 friends and rent two nice cars for the day. Everyone dresses up in plain (preferably identical) suits with ties with ear pieces except for one person who dresses in a more distinct suit and you basically go around pretending that you have a security detail and just see how people react. Maybe if you have yet another person to follow around separately from the group to observe and shoot video, even better. Just sounds like a lot of fun.

So, what say you? Awesome or totally dumb? (note my feelings will not be hurt in the least is this is a slam dunk for dumb, don't worry about any hedging)


  • i can't remember where i heard it (radiolab, TAL, something like that), but it was a story about this exact sort of thing. about what it's like to be in the business of protection, and what it's like to be protected.  
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    An interesting social experiment.  If you do it, record it, it could go viral.  Or it could go like an Always Sunny episode.  It depends on how well your friends sell the illusion.
  • TaraC73TaraC73 Manchester NH
    I think it would be awesome!
  • @hypergenesb Thanks for the heads up on that. If it comes to you please let me know. That sounds very interesting.

  • TravisTravis CA
    edited May 2015
    @A_Ron_Hubbard You're totally right. To get the most out of it, it would need to be very well thought out. If I ever did put something together I would really want to get into it and map everything out.
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    I think I remember reading some guys crashed a UN meeting or something like that doing this exact idea. None of the real security paid attention because they sold the idea that they actually belonged there.
  • HatorianHatorian Dagobah
    Here's the link. Not exactly the same idea. They made a fake motorcade that go through security gates.
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    Ha, I was going to say The Chaser guys already did it but @Hatorian beat me to it.
  • If you do this you also have to hire an escort, literally just for the purposes of an escort (possibly for the first time in her escort career?) to just be next to the fake VIP. 

    You should also do it not just randomly, but for the purpose of attempting to gain entry into 'secured' or off-limits areas to the general public that you wouldn't necessarily get in trouble for getting busted at (i.e. no banks or airports or government buildings or anything). For example, have the security detail 'secure egress' through a busy hotel kitchen or the back-stage entrance to a concert you have no tickets for, stuff like that.

    I think you would have success more often than not, so long as everyone in the group took it seriously and were good enough at pretending that they knew what they were doing and belonged wherever they were, and don't go over the top with the fiction (no constant stupid security nonsense banter in your ear pieces, no stupid sunglasses indoors to try to look 'serious' etc. 
  • @Hatorian @Dee @ghm3 Thanks for the link to that. Sounds awesome. I can't read it now because I'm at work, but I'm going to check that out. It never dawned on me to try something like gaining access to a place. That is definitely something to look into. That would be hilarious.

  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    One of the guys in our friend circle that goes to the geek cons is amazing at getting away with entering and thriving in restricted areas.  It's amazing what confidence, a fast, purposeful walk, and a willingness to ignore signage will get you.  I imagine pulling off the security detail would amplify this effect by an order of magnitude.  
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