I don't expect them to know about the coned off center. Really, rinks should post signs, "The coned off center ice is for lessons, jumps and spins." for it to have any meaning.
I don't expect the children to exhibit good sense. It's my job to look out for them.
But older teens and adults? Sadly, 20% of them appear to be lobotomy survivors.
The dads and moms that carry their children in their arms. Yes, I saw one mom fall on her little girl.
The dads that take their son out on the ice in hockey skates then act upset when the 4 or 5 year old can't figure out how to skate, sits down and cries.
The grown men who skate backwards fast without looking behind them.
The older teens who link arms and play crack-the-whip, never mind that they're surrounded by tiny kids.
The young men who get in a fight in center rink. Ditto the ones who get in a shoving fight along the boards. Ditto the ones who play tag through the stream of kids.
The adults of either gender who don't look before they step into the stream. Or who have some skating skills, but don't look before they turn or step in a new direction. I don't mind that they change direction. I just want a hint. Anything! PLEASE!
And for me here's the kicker. I said I don't expect them to know about the coned off area, but I do expect them to have enough sense to see Dance Coach and I practicing fast crossovers in hold. We're a big fast moving train going in a circle and someone (always a man for some reason), will skate into the center and stand there in our path gawping at us. You know, I just want to give them a dope slap! How do these people drive to the rink?
But public ice is for the public. I'm lucky my rink allows lessons on ice, otherwise I'd never get to skate. Thank you rink.
Hey, You. You, fat guy over there skating backwards....kid behind you...stop!....stop!....stop!