they didn't have to call the police to come over; we already had them before we opened. I suspect the store felt it was cheaper to hire sworn officers than it was to have any disruptive fights break out. afaik it worked too... i don't recall any incidents last year.
With no disrespect meant to our security workers on the board...Yeah, people often take uniformed cops more seriously than uniformed security personnel. It's almost as if they don't realize that, no matter who the guards work for, the guards are basically there to keep a riot from breaking out, and people from getting hurt.
And yes, having guards of any stripe there in advance is the way to go ^_^ Better to intimidate a crowd into reasonable behavior (if need be) than to calm them down once they go nuts, which is apparently what the paparazzi would have preferred.