Today at Arcade Expo 3.0, there was this guy who got frustrated over a low score at a machine that, when it was over, he forcefully mashed the Start button four times and stomped off, immediately starting a 4-player game. Presumably, he did that as an attempt to annoy whoever would play the machine after him.
This is the first time I've ever seen this happening. Is it common for machines set to free play? I have always assumed that when there's a machine set to the maximum number of players, it's because whoever was last at the machine does not realize pushing the Start button multiple times starts multiplayer (and I've made a topic about this habit earlier), and they'll happily play all 12 balls as if nothing was wrong. But I've never seen anyone do this intentionally out of spite before.
(I know that on some machines, you can reset the game by pushing the start button again from ball 2 and onwards, but it was still a hassle to go through the first four ball 1s. I also know that you can restart a machine, but I still don't feel comfortable doing so, and I don't know how long it'll take. Since this is at Arcade Expo, a crowded location, is it okay to do so? Will there be any danger of someone walking up to the machine while it's still warming up, unaware that it's doing so?)