I am only continuing this discussion because I believe my original post about the topic was completely miss understood or not interpreted correctly from what I was trying to articulate.
Security isn't just patrolling for visible badges, a hotel key card will suffice to be in the halls. So there's no reason to make a "chaperone only" badge, they have it all covered at NDK no worries.
Fair enough, I just thought a chaperone badge would make things simple, but I suppose they are not necessary.
As for the cap and chaperones, while not staff so can't say, I'm pretty certain unbadged, hotel card carrying chaperones aren't counted as part of the cap. Thus they don't really affect the total. As for risks of fire hazard and all...I'm certain you've seen the Marriott. There's PLENTY of room. Yeah alright hallways sometimes have quite a few people but I've never seen a hallway so crowded that if there was a fire there would be any significant peril.
This is actually exactly what I am concerned about
Suppose 50% of attendees are minors and each minor has a chaperone; suppose the cap is 75, 00 (Because the fire code cap of the hotel is 75, 00 people).
50% of 7500 is 37, 50
If only the minors but not the chaperons get counted that would be 37, 50 but a minor plus a chaperone would be 75, 00 people if the chaperones did not get counted at the people with badges got counted and reached the fir safety limit of 7500, but the chaperones without a badge to get counted the actual attendance would be 11250 or 50% over the cap
If the attendance if 50% over the cap set at fire code limit, the fire department, state, and federal government would care a great deal
And if the attendance in the hotel is 50% over fire code limit than it does not matter if that 50% over the limit is people in a panel or people in star bucks
Now all of my previous arguments have been based of off the assumption that the attendance is only counted based off of the amount of badges sold.
The previous scenario is what I thought of immediately after I read that chaperones did not need badges, I had not yet taken the time to consider other possibilities of how attendance may be counted. There is also the possibility that the staff has already thought of all of this and has gotten the attendance badge counting figured out.
Not to mention the simple fact is that charging a parent for a badge, even if they had a cheap price for a "chaperone badge" just to wander the halls or sit in the Starbucks would put off a lot of people. It's unfair, the chaperone is basically paying to do...nothing. Their kid gets to roam around and go to panels and events and enjoy the con while they have to stay in the halls or Starbucks and sit and wait. Or follow until they go into a panel then stand outside or whatever.
I am 25 and not a chaperone but I will give your perspective credit. If I had to be a chaperone for a minor, who wanted to do something I was not interested in, I would consider it upsetting to pay full price for a badge to do something I am not interested in.
But I do not think it is entirely unfair to charge a chaperone a fee (maybe 5$ to cover the cost of the badge material) though chaperone may be doing something they do not want to do, it is their choice to decide to be a chaperone, and part of the responsibility of being a chaperone might be a monetary cost. (This is entirely a personal value of mine, and may be irrelevant to anybody else).
Now that I have given time to consider other perspectives, (on the subject I brought up) than my own, all I have to say is "Oh well never mind" < (that’s my personal phrase for telling myself to get over something and move on.