Posts about Food and Drink
Saturday I went to the "Autodromo di Monza" for the F1 qualifying session. I was impressed (in a very negative way) on how Food & Drink was organized inside the area of the circuit. To pay for food and drinks you could use neither cash nor credit card, they only accepted their special coins (EUR 1.5 = 1 coin), either digital or physical:
Digital coins: You should register on a specific website and transfer your money trough a credit card on your online account. Then you should go to an automatic machine inside the area of the circuit and transfer the money from the account to a bracelet. This bracelet has a chip that allows you to pay for drinks and food. Obviously, the site crashed and many people could not register. I was lucky to register myself twice but never received a confirmation email, so I could not log in. I saw a guy there who could login and transferred EUR 200 to the account, but the money never showed up on the account so he could not transfer it to the bracelet. I am still waiting for the confirmation email.
Physical coins: Absolute mess. There were just a couple of "ATMs" with hundreds of people trying to get coins from these machines. The ATM would spit out one token at a time taking forever, the tokens would not even end up in the token compartment but would fall on the floor and the owner would have to pick them up. Since you had to wait in line for about one hour and a half to get to these ATMs, people started buying a lot of coins, to avoid having to go through this hell all over again. When I finally got near one of these ATMs, it run out of coins. I swear that the first thing I said to my friends when i saw these machines is: "I hope they have enough coins for everybody". Everywhere and every-time I saw one of these machines inside the circuit, hundreds of people were crowded around pushing and screaming.
In the end, we decided to go outside the area of the circuit to drink and eat something, where we paid with cash and credit card, knowing we had to go through the queue again to re-enter the area. We did not spend one single Euro inside the area, not because we didn't want to, but because it was impossible to do so. The food vendors inside were very strict. A girl who was with me literally begged to pay real cash for a bottle of water but the vendor said she had to get the coins.
How can you not realize that with hundreds of thousand of people attending an event this will happen? That is really a shame and I hope nobody got sick. Why should I go around with a hundred coins in my pocket? Why not simply accept credit cards if you do not want cash inside the area? Why not having more coins machine and more coins?
We decided not to go on the race on Sunday because of that, and I will never go to Monza Circuit again in my life.
Was your experience in F1 similar? How does it work in other circuits? I went to Monza 4 years ago and it was not like this.
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