Okay so let me set the scene...I work at a movie theatre that's almost 100 years old. In the old days, the upstairs was the balcony. In the 70s it was converted into a second screen.
About 5 feet in front of this screen is the original railing that would mark the end of the balcony.
The space between the railing and the screen is now covered in a carpeted wood "floor" of sorts--just something to fill in what would otherwise be empty space.
Underneath this "floor" is most likely insulation, some supports, then the ceiling for downstairs.
We have no idea how sturdy this floor is. It is likely not designed to bear much weight, since it is beyond the railing and seats.
We have had a few people on it in the past, and I feel safe waking on it, but if a handful of 400lb people got on there and started to do jumping jacks, I'm not sure they would live much longer.
Did I mention there is a RAILING?
So, once before, I had the toddler son of an inattentive mother decide to go climb into this area and start walking on it.
I plucked him up and got his mother's attention so she knew what her kid was doing. But you know, this kid was barely 2...it's not like he knew any better.
Yeah, not tonight. Just now, I know the movie is ending, so I go upstairs. I walk in to see two teenage girls standing RIGHT at the screen. Their parents are where, you ask? Taking PICTURES.
Completely encouraging this behavior of "there is a railing there, probably for a reason, but I choose to ignore it".
So I yell to them over the credit music, "Please don't stand there!" and try to explain to them that it is not designed to bear weight.
I was too mad to say anything else, like "Why the fuck are you encouraging your children to cross obvious safety boundaries?!"
That's all. I'm just angry and needed to share this with someone, and my boss gets enough "by the way this kinda-bad thing happened" texts as it is. So there ya go.
Please, for the love of god, RESPECT safety boundaries that are there for a reason--especially in a building that's over 90 years old!!