I figured it would best fit the popular media category as music is often discussed here. Please forgive me if it fits in a different area better.
About a month ago, I flew overseas to see my favorite artist in concert for 2 shows as he rarely makes appearances where I live. The 1st show I attended went off without issues. A few days lapsed between the 1st and 2nd show where I injured my feet, they were in some pain with several large blisters on the bottom of one foot and swelling in both making walking difficult but not overly impossible at times. I had gotten some things from the local pharmacist to alleviate symptoms as much as I could at the time.
The show was in a venue that was 95% standing only with very few seats in the back with highly obstructed views when people are standing. I am short (around 5ft tall). I arrived at the venue when the pain in my feet decided to flare up and the strong over the counter pain killers were taking what seemed to be an eternity to work. My expensive ticket allowed me to attend the soundcheck of the artist plus go to a special reception where other ticket holders like myself were able to have some appetizers and a few drinks plus get some free artist related gifts. The other perk was getting to pick where we wanted to be ahead of those who did not purchase the special ticket type that was limited in numbers available.
Several of my friends assisted me to the back of the reception place, had me loosen my shoes (as they were a type that tied up), elevate my feet and ensure I was able to have some food + drink brought over while I rested. The pain in my feet went away on a temporary basis more because I was not on my feet compared to the pain killers that took a few hours to have effect and allow me to stand for the 1.5 hours of the show.
A few in my close circle of friends approached an assistant of the artist to ask if I could go ahead of the queue due to my issues walking so I could be able to lean against a rail to allow me to take the weight off my feet periodically accompanied by 1 person to help me. She said she would probably allow it but was afraid that others would not be happy even though it was obvious I was hurt and needed help. I am the type of person who does not ask for special privileges especially at a concert where it is standing only. I ended not being able to be against a rail and had to lean up against several friends in the course of the evening as no one wanted to give up their spot leaning at all. The pain did return to my feet, and between the opening act and main artist, several friends cleared out space + helped me to be seated then lifted me back to my seat which was awkward but needed.
What should have been the most charitable action(s) with the above scene in your perspective? Also if you were the assistant, and could tell someone could have benefited from the ability to lean against the barrier, would you have done so even if it meant others hassled you later about it especially if you know the fan in question seldom if ever asks for anything special?