i remember about 20 years ago it got really ridiculous with the seating attendants. I know cause I was one at the time.
it became a big issue that attendants were saving seats BEFORE the main doors opened and "the friends" were complaining that the best seats were being taken by those with priviledges so attendants were instructed that any books or cases seen on a seat before 8am was to be removed eventhough an attendant could place them there at 8:00:01am and beat the herd anyway.
As ridiculous as this was/is some attendants were militant about this. At one assembly the week after mine I heard that attendants were told they had to stand in the hallway until 8am, and not only this they had to stand at the opposite side of the hall so they would have to cross it to get to the stairway in the stadium. INSANE.
I heard there were attendants being total dicks about it. I actually was walking with an attendant that was blatantly insulting another for not allowing us to cross the collisium floor - meaning we had to walk around the entire stadium
I guess when you have a thankless, menial job 50 hours a week cleaning shitty toilets at minimum wage it makes you feel pretty special to boss people around at assemblies.