It could be handled better. If there's a disagreement from anyone in the company that hired you, you can always escalate inside that company. They could've checked the situation with someone who does have a final say in this case.
I don't believe those words were spoken.
It's an ugly truth, but we would be better off with more discrimination. Stupid people should hold less power in society and discrimination is the means to keep stupid people away from power.
“Disparate impact” which is prrof of illegal discrimination is not just unequal impact by protected category, it's unequal impact that cannot be shown to be sufficiently tied to job function.
> Stupid people should hold less power in society and discrimination is the means to keep stupid people away from power.
“Stupid people” are not a protected class; discrimination against “stupid people” is not generally prohibited, nor where this is actually tied directly to job performance is discrimination against “stupid people” that incidentally has effects on a protected class owing exclusively to the distribution of stupidity.
So, you make the charity-case badges look different, you choose the color brown for them(!), and you don't put a name on them ... that seems like poor planning, guaranteed to invite suspicion.
> That’s when the male guard reportedly told the students, “You don’t belong here,” and, allegedly, “Your kind don’t belong in here.”
This whilst the Salesforce employee was trying to convince him to allow the students to stay.
Unless Salesforce commanded the guards to eject the students, the guards failed to use their judgement properly and they failed to handle the situation gracefully.
I imagine Salesforce created a standing order to have any removed that didn't have the correct badge. This was passed on to the watch commander and, unless Salesforce intervened, if asked for clarification by the guards the watch commander would re-iterate the standing order.
Despite being a sponsor and speaker at the event, I was denied access (due to different badge type) to the expo hall to help the rest of our company setup our booth. It was frustrating, but at least the security was paying attention.
It is very unfortunate that this group had problems getting in. I would have enjoyed talking to their group, as I did with the Girl Scouts group and other non-profits that sent STEM students to the event.
I should note, I don't know which part of the show this group was trying to enter (Developer Zone, Expo Hall, Keynote Talk). As I mentioned, I enjoyed talking with a number of the STEM student groups that came through the expo hall.
To clarify, Security Guards checking badges wore suit jackets and did not appear to be armed. They mostly said things like "please turn your badges forward", "sorry you can't go in there yet, only [X] badges right now".
The few people with the bomb sniffing dogs I think were armed.
The people that were very clearly armed were outside the conference standing at the vehicle barricades, there were a limited number of them.
There are tons of different badge types depending on your role in the ecosystem (developer, admin, marketing, sales, partner, sponsor, speaker, etc.). For the expo, Monday and Tuesday are for Full Pass people only (min of ~$1,000 per pass). Wednesday and Thursday allows in anyone that registered for the free Expo pass ahead of time.
The demographics skew to middle age people. Racially, mostly white, but many east asian and indian attendees. Certainly all groups were represented. I met many people coming from Australia, Europe and India.
Because of the expense of the passes, most of the attendees are decision makers within the business which I think is why it skewed older. I would understand if the group described in the article felt like they stood out in the crowd because of the racial and age difference. Also, Monday was crazy. Lots of very confused people trying to figure out where they should be going between the 3 different massive buildings the event was held in.
There are useful aspect to it, though. It's an opportunity to network with people and other companies that use Salesforce and there are a lot of presentations on topics ranging from technical details of Salesforce to oceanography which can be useful for getting ideas on how to better utilize Salesforce. Salesforce has a large secondary market for applications built on it and Dreamforce is pretty good for companies with products in that market.
Having read the entire article it seems this was a case of uninformed security grunts doing what they usually do. The race of the security guards gets mentioned as a sign of the times. Angelica in this case is the salesforce employee.
In the photo the girl in the red shirt on the back right looks to be wearing a lanyard with a brown string whilst the Salesforce employee has a blue one. From going to various festivals different colours and materials are often used to easily signify to security where you can/can't go. When I've been comp'd tickets before for events they did look different to those that were paid for. This in itself isn't out of the ordinary IMO.
What seems most questionable to me is the behaviour/attitude of the (third party) security company and not Salesforce (yet anyway).
A case of more details needed I think.
Does this materially contribute to the conversation? What's your motive for saying it?
This would be a stupid thing to do, even at the office. They could listen maybe the director of physical security, etc, but not a random employee. Especially for a company of Salesforce's size.
As noted in my other post, they were a different color and didn't have the bearer's (or any) name on them, which is a questionable decision by itself.
Were the badges fake or not? That's the first question to investigate.