because we did. decide for yourself. the scenario: friday night gig at a smallish bar in a pretty up-and-coming section of town. we're supposed to have a prime slot at 11 with a bunch of other bands pretty similar to us, the place has a good built in crowd and we expect some friends as well. we get there at 8:30 as instructed. the promoter's not there and neither are any of the bands on the bill. apparently some guy at the bar booked another band to play a 'pre-show' at 8 but they are still setting up and haven't started yet. so they go on at 8:40 and finish at 9:15 or so. 9 o'clock band doesn't show till 9:30 and none of the other bands have shown yet either. however, during this time we are told that we are supposed to play after the 9 o'clock band and 2 or possibly 3 other bands, none of whom have even shown up yet. we say no way are we waiting for a bunch of bands that aren't even here for load-in, she says fine, since they're not here you get their slot. now between 9:30 and 10, the 9 o'clock band spends the entire time just setting up a drum kit and still isn't ready to play. two other bands arrive and both assert that they are playing at 11 and that they're sharing a kit so they have to keep their times. (huh?) apparently the promoter told all five bands that they could play whenever they wanted and didn't bother to coordinate the time slots, so she told us to figure it out between us. we did, we told the other bands we're playing at 11 and we were here for load-in as instructed. they say fine. then they must have complained to the promoter because she stepped back in and told us we were playing last. meanwhile there's nobody in the bar except the bands, nobody to work sound and nobody encouraging the four mopes standing around on stage to remove their thumbs from their hindparts and play the ****** set already. so since it was obvious we wouldn't get anywhere near the stage until 1 or 2 in the morning, we were dealing with a bunch of amateurs who would probably clear the room by then anyway and any of our people who stayed would be miserable and hate us for it, we called our friends, told them not to come, and we walked. obviously you don't expect every show to run exactly as planned and you have to be flexible sometimes, but this was clearly not worth the abuse. we spoke with the people from the bar as we were loading out and explained the situation and they offered to book us again in the future on a bill with a competent promoter. we said sure.