I had a very good, regular patron who brought her friends here . One night a worker of mine brought a very realistic toy gun here and he stepped out from a doorway, pointed it at her head as she turned toward him (from very closeby) he said "BANG!" very loudly, she freaked, fell to the floor(much too late if the gun had been real and been fired) She never came back .
When trying to compute income and potential income from scare-entertaining people do the rest of you who are not open year-round as I am, ever see how a happy customer keeps you financially going whereas an alienated one does nothing for you because they never come back, never bring their friends or relatives, all requiring you to spend alot more money to attract totally new customers?
Unless you are located in a big city , you just might run out of "new" customers after a few years no matter what, of course you will run out of money first.
Yes, I do use "guns" here but the way I do it I have never lost any customers because of it as far as I can tell. Starle, laugh, silliness, all is "forgiven" then.
If someone's mind is unable to laugh then I sincerely apologise and attempt to mend that bridge. Customers are each "people", not just dollar signs. (It would be VERY difficult to scare or to entertain dollar signs anyway, now wouldn't it?)
Give me People anyday!