On Saturday afternoon, July 25, San Diego Police helped quell an unruly crowd on the main floor of the San Diego Convention Center.
During an appearance of the cast of FX channel's It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, dozens of fans of the show (starring Danny DeVito) attempted to push their way to the front of the line. SDPD officers who were nearby investigating a report of a stolen cell phone stepped in.
One fan demanding a ticket for the event refused Elite Security guards' requests to move to the end of the line and was told by an officer, “I’m going to give you a ticket if you don’t move and will escort you out of the building.”
The problem seemed compounded by the handing out of 400 tickets but then only allowing about 160 people to actually get in line for the appearance.
Josh Hanlin, a fan from Wisconsin trying to keep his place in line, said, “This is terrible. I’m getting kicked, beaten, and pushed just for standing in a line.”
A lady in her early 20s proudly declared, “If you’re from Philly like me or just a fan of the show, you’re an asshole!”
Danny DeVito, asked what he thought of his fans, replied, “They're great!”
Beverly M., from Lomita, disagreed, as during the pushing and shoving, someone stole her convention badge, hotel-room keycard, and other event tickets from around her neck.