BaberhamLincoln wrote:V confused about what we can or should bring (not in the room, but in general). They say they'll have an unsecured area ... so that's not comforting with all these people s phones and wallets sitting there... confused at what's the smart thing to do - a phone and one cc? In a small bag I can hide amongst other bags? Lol
The room is not secured, but there are security people/proctors/lookouts at the location. It is far from ideal, but you will find that the room is generally full of people's coats, bags and "stuff" that is only accessed during the lunch break and after the bar. Everyone at the location is either working for the IL Bar or is a bar-taker, that doesnt guarantee that nothing will be stolen, but it turned out to be fine. For your own sanity, I would suggest bringing as little as possible (if at all possible just the things you HAVE to have which is basically your ID and I would assume your keys to apartment/hotel) a cell isnt necessary unless you need an uber home or think a call at lunch will help calm nerves.
I will be bringing a lunch with me, so Ill likely just stash my phone in the bag somewhere (I need it for a post-test uber home) but if I was just walking home I think I would leave at home for peace of mind.
I say all that to say this - the IL Bar wont promise your stuff will be safe, but I didnt hear of any issues in February and heard no issues from previous takers.