Outlaw: Are you calling me a liar? When I went last year, I also wore jeans and sneakers and walked around. When I ran into a co-worker, I was taken to a back room where the first aid people hung out for lunch. I then walked around the perimeter of the assembly (inside) without issue. I left before the afternoon session. Years ago, I was escorted out by the KGB because I talked to someone using the KIT on a stairwell. I was not impressed and rebuked them for their fear, lack of love, and heavy handedness.
This year I went in jeans, sneakers, casual shirt so it did not look like I was going undercover pretending to be a JW. I wanted them to know I was a guest, not an apostate spy or something. It was lunch hour with the foyer very crowded. I walked around the entire arena a good number of times looking for someone I might know and praying for the people and against the demonic oppression/deception. I saw a former co-worker and approached him and asked if he had ever been DF (he was a rotten JW, but now putting on the show; he was not DF, but should be). I also saw a guy who did not like me from the lunch meeting (could not answer my questions and I shared the true gospel with him). He had a two-way radio. He said hi back and kept walking. At first, I thought someone with a radio was going to follow me, but did not seem to do so (I went to washroom). I did not engage anyone and was behaved. Only one lady tried to say hi as I walked around. I asked for a book/booklet at the table and was given the new booklet (cartoonish) and the questions young people ask book. I was appreciative. I decided to stay for the afternoon. I did not want to get stuck in the middle of a row in case I wanted to leave. I asked a guy if I could sit behind a row just above in a closed section (not forbidden secret zone, just roped off to keep people lower down). He said he was not an attendant, but said to go ahead. 30 minutes later, an attendant saw me reading the literature and my KIT. He waved me down and asked me to move (I thought I was getting the boot). I said I could stand outside the seating area, but he was able to find me an empty seat close by near an obese guy and older couple. I continued to read my literature and listen to the lecture. I declined the song book offered by the fat guy. I can tell you details about the meeting if you insist I am lying.
On the way out, I told a guy I was not a JW, but asked if I could have the history DVD part 2. He asked a superior and I was told no. I continued walking and another guy started to hand me one near another exit. I said I was not a JW and he said that was fine. I thanked him, smiled, and left the building. Out of 9000 people, only 1 or 2 said hi and no one tried to engage me as a prospective convert (I was a sitting duck and found this really odd). I was one of the few there not dressed formally and without a name tag. The meeting confirmed that JWs do not have the truth (the biblical interpretation from GB Losch was terrible) and increased my burden for these precious people.
If you are so wrong about me and my experience, what else are you wrong about, outlaw? Perhaps you should think before you speak. The unauthorized area was not secret, just closed off to keep kids out/safe and make it look fuller lower down.