Festival for Nuts -2015 Pecan Fall festival

Compliments at Pecan Festival
Compliments at Pecan Festival

 

A festival for nuts so I knew I had to go. I could not find any nuts though, I love pecans, cashews, walnuts and almonds. The festival had endless tents of cool art, things and people.

The challenge to give compliments to so many people would exhaust me within 20 minutes. I would than have to pause and remind myself to breathe and restart. It was a blast of fun and smiles. I continued to give rapid fire compliments for approximately 4+ hours. Many people high fived me, some hugs and others brought me a Popsicle and water.

 

Police officer writing “The Compliment Guy” a ticket in Austin, Texas.

Officer interpreting the law applying it to my use of a megaphone.
Officer interpreting the law applying it to my use of a megaphone.

 

On 10/11/15 The Compliment Guy was given a ticket under an “outdoor music permit ordinance 9-2-11. The officer approached me earlier in the day as he barged out of Allen boots where he was moonlighting as security. He took the time to print out the ordinance and highlight with yellow marker the clause on megaphones. I told him it does not apply to me and I cannot even get a permit for what I do as I tried months ago when you told me I needed to  before.

On the 6th of November I”m confident the case will be thrown out for 5 reasons:

1-I’m not a music venue, I’m not made of brick and mortar.

2-I have an email from the Mayor’s office stating I do not need a permit for what I do, nor is their a permit available for what I do.

3- 1st amendment right for free speech, free assembly with a public cause. My cause is seeing people smile, and feel good.

4- I was not playing music nor breaking sound decibel laws.

5- No one called in to complain, nor did I disturb the peace. If anything I helped keep the peace by helping people feel good.

Well lets see what happens on the 6th. If for some reason it is not thrown out a jury trial will be requested and I will compliment everyone in the room with my opening statement. Is it not the job of a police officer to keep the peace and if so than I should have been allowed to keep doing what I love, Giving Compliments with my megaphone.

UPDATE: I went to the court house on the 6th and was told by the clerk prosecuting attorney does not work on Fridays. I was told previously I could see the prosecutor on my ticket date. I’m now scheduled for December 1 to meet with the prosecuting attorney.

Oh well based on my past experience with anything government related this is to be expected. No big deal, will deal with it on the 1st if no glitches.

 

Austrians take The Compliment Guy INTERNATIONAL!

Austrians love the compliment guy.
Austrians love the compliment guy.

 

The Compliment Guy  had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Nina Hochrainer of Austrian FM4 national radio.

The audio link is here :FM4 Compliment guy

http://fm4.orf.at/stories/1763057/

Seeing her appreciation and enthusiasm for Compliments on the streets of Austin, Texas was great. I continue to enjoy all the great people I have been meeting as a direct result of giving compliments, Seeing new smiles each day continue to fuel the momentum and passion for seeing more happy people. The smiles also fuel more and more compliments. I LOVE giving Compliments!

Compliments at a Baseball Game.

Compliments and Stand up comedy at a Brazos Valley Baseball game. We had a grand slam variety of comics for the line up. One young brave girl volunteered to tell a joke from  the infield. Her confident poised delivery won the crowd.

 

The event at the BV Bombers game was high energy and total fun for us all. We were treated 1st class by the management. All our needs and more were met with genuine care. A great family event.