I have some thoughts I need to get off my chest, because it's been bugging me since the Sydney leg spoilers this season.
To all the rff detectives, you do an amazing "job" reasearching tweets and sightings across the globe. This is not directed to you, but mostly to people who try to spot the teams in their home country. Detectives urge people to trace the racers, and that's fine, BUT...
From what I have seen and read from the Sydney leg, I saw some creepy stalking videos from fans who got stopped by guards and producers when they got too close for comfort. I can understand that many are curious and want to get info, but please understand that the stress-factor is high, and for me personally I find it rude and disrespecting when some get to much "in-your-face" that guards find the need to stop the fans and tell them to back off.
I was pretty gobsmacked when almost the entire first leg was spoiled right in front of our eyes, and I now feel that I've seen the entire first episode of TAR18. What's the point of watching it on tv now that I pretty much know most of what happened?
Maybe I'm exaggerating abit, but this is my feeling atm. Personally I find it much more exciting when detectives lose them for a little while and they suddenly pop up somwhere else. That is exciting, and it relies on our wits and detective work to try to connect the dots.
I have no problem with spoilers myself, the problem for me is when everything gets spoiled and people get out of their way to spot the teams and they get too close. It's called stalking, and that's not a good thing imo.
I just hope that the public out there who spot them stay enough out of their way to let them do their thing, because after all they are doing a tv-show and want to entertain the fans by producing this series we all love. Sorry if this feels like I'm whining. I don't. I just needed to get this off my chest, because I felt that people in Sydney got so excited to see the teams that they unwittingly disrespected the producers of the show by being too close for comfort. I hope that's not the case, and I hope that every spotter knows how to draw the line somewhere in respect for the teams.
Carry on investigation and
for the exciting detective work.