If a customer pops another customer with the yoyo, it’s either an assault or a civil matter that won’t involve the store.
If a store employee hits customer with a yoyo, it’s an assault and/or a lawsuit involving the company and can offer enter the realm of “I don’t want to work a day in my life” kinda numbers.
I mean, $4 million dollars for a lawsuit againts McDonalds because a CUSTOMER dropped their OWN coffee(purchased at McDonalds) into their OWN LAP because it is “too hot” and burning themselves with no permanent damage? Yeah, it’s that bad.
You could say “well, they could rope off an area for demonstrations”, but then there’s the real possibility of the string breaking and then hitting someone and hence, we start the cycle of legal actions.
Situational awareness is key in life these days. Understand and be aware of your surroundings and be smart when choosing a place to throw, especially in the crowded confines of a store. But please note that I am all in favor of throwing in public. But, typically for me, in public means “crowded stores and narrow aisles” and I just don’t want to deal with it, although I do have a yoyo on me the whole time. The only time I can really throw in public is at my yoyo meets because I’m in an outdoor setting in a field and there’s adequate room for everyone!
Let me also say this:
If you do have someone doing tricks as a demonstration, it WILL drive sales. This is even more so than a video running in an endless loop of a professional doing tricks. Why? True interactivity. But, most stores aren’t going to spend money running a monitor and videos. And they certainly aren’t going to hire demonstrators IN the store. Yoyo isn’t at that level in the “trend-o-meter” yet. I hope it does become more mainstream soon.
I also don’t see anything wrong with thowing inside a store, again, provided that there’s nobody around who will get injured. If you can plan it right, you can use a yoyo they don’t have(maybe they don’t carry that brand for example) or something unique enough it can’t be mistaken for store inventory.
Nearby, a store does “yoyo lessons” twice a month, and I’m going to start trying to get to at least one of those. There are two professionals that work with a store that sells yoyos and other learning toys and skill toys and it seems it would be a good thing to attend for many reasons. 1: I can learn new stuff. 2: I can be corrected of stuff I’m doing wrong. 3: I can help participate in any community being created. 4: I can expand the community.
If I’m in a store, I will typically not throw in public unless asked to do so. Please realize that my “adventures outside the house” are for running errands and my wife typically only allocates me barely enough time to get the tasks done, yet I need some additional time away from the house, kids and dogs to clear my head, so I might wander over to the nearby Toys R Us as well just to check out the yoyo and skill toys they may have. But most of the time, it’s usually “go here, get this, come back” because honestly, time won’t permit anything else!
Still, I can be “representing”. As I said, I always have a yoyo on me at all times, and on display on a yoyo holder.
Just use good judgement.