Joined: Dec. 2008
||Posted: June 05 2012,11:03 am
Unfortunately, even clearly marked caches with permission may still provoke a bombscare. After one such scare in Yorkshire, the GAGB instituted special urban cache guidelines which had to be fulfilled in order for an urban cache to be placed. These included a copy of permission being shown to the reviewer, and statements on the cache page that "special permission had been approved" and that "the Urban Placement Guidelines had been met".
I had a cache which had always had permission from the town council, and which the gardeners who tended to the flowers at GZ, and the local constabulary were all aware of. When I reactivated it after some absence, I made sure that both the nearby Tourist Information Office, and two nearby cafes were aware of the presence of the cache.
However, I still received an email from a "concerned cacher" who stated that he had asked at the information office and both cafes, and that neither knew what he was talking about. The fact of the matter is that it is virtually impossible to keep everyone knowledgeable. For a start, there is staff turnover. (I am not even sure if the person from whom I originally gained permission still works for the council.) Related to this is how often the information is spread. I told only the managers of the two cafes, and the supervisor at the information centre. I would like to assume that they told all staff, but that is somewhat out of my control - as is their informing new staff members.
(The cache in question was Inner Glow, and once upon a time was quite a cherished urban cache. I received more positive comments for this cache, than almost any other I had placed - purely for its "audacity".)