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Sockman Friday, April 23rd, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: N/A
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
BFG---Not too bad unless you work there (shrug)
Jungle Cat---Prety fun place to play; inexpensive and the owner's a real hoot!
Stalker's---Ummm...I'll get to that.
Paintball Sam's---Pretty fun. Large fields, average prices. Good place.
Review: Well, I'll be brief. Pretty fun place to play. They have adequately-sized fields, average prices for paint and supplies, and the ref we had there last time was a real class-act. He had no qualms about teaching us some of the techniques in speedball and even demonstrated by grabbing a rental and playing with us.

Unfortunately, that same day featured the reason I will no longer be going there. This incident occurred approximately 1 1/2 years ago during the gang's last trip there.
As we all know, paying for a private party includes sending payment in advance, plus a small security deposit. We were to get our deposit after our day of 'balling was complete.
Our day ran pretty long compared to other groups' (around 11am-5:30 pm or so), and when we went to the front office to claim our deposit money, the old woman behind the counter (owner's wife? Grandma?) told us point blank that they would not give us our deposit back. Why? we asked. She told us rather matter-of-factly that we had "stayed too long" and our $120 depsoit would be forefeited.
That's right---Stalker's took our money because we had "stayed too long". What's worse, they had not dispatched someone to tell us at a reasonable time to tell us that we should be going, much less warn us that they'd steal our money if we didn't leave after four hours.
When we argued that what they were doing was wrong, the woman smugly shrugged and said "Well, there's nothing I can do about it." That pretty much told us that they believed that it was okay--despite our group's purchase of over two cases of paint and a butt-load of fills--to rob us for getting our full days' worth of playing time.
I believe that we had gotten our money's worth out of that whole day of playing. That is what "All-Day Play" is supposed to mean, not the 3-4 hour "all day sessions" most of the fields in south-eastern Wisconsin play you for. But what Stalker's did that day was just wrong.

In closing, I would just like to give my friends up at Stalker's a nice big "1" for stealing our money, along with a nice big fat bird to remind them of the business they lost that fateful weekend.
Last edited on Monday, July 26th, 2004 at 9:56 am PST

Review Comments
jobu Thursday, January 6th, 2005 | 10:47 am PST
On a side note, The staff at stalker are some of the most down to earth people i've ever had the good graces to meet. Mike and Dianne were more than accommodating on the numerous occasions that i have enjoyed their fields(rec&tourny). so, i guess what i'm trying to say, is this must be an isolated incident (or a bitter person unhappy with his place in life) because i have never heard of this treatment from the hundreds of others who have enjoyed the use of this field. thanx.

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