" A couple of the union setup guys saw us- and while they were very friendly about it, they explained that was union work and that we would have to pay for it. I agreed to pay the bill in order to avoid any trouble right before the big event. Bill was $1,200. It was considered a "special project" with a 2 hour minimum for a team- basically treated as a standalone job which of course has a minimum time/team fee."
As I see it, there is nothing friendly about them, it is extortion .
specially for a charity purpose.
Where are their hearts?
they can not even look away of what you did, you did not do it for money .
just pure greed and selfishness. Shame on them .