Dynochrome, where abouts do you live?
I play mostly just north of Detroit. I’ve been playing band gigs, for over 50 yrs and have never played one of those, play for the door type gigs. Always makin money playin.
Only played 12 ,this year, but still the band made at least $500 a night
I am in NC now, but spent the last 25 years in the Detroit area (Western suburbs). Several places in Farmington, Westland, and Livonia did the whole "play for the door" thing. We only did this once or twice since it didn't pay. We generally did bar gigs for around $500. Corporate gigs, weddings, and festivals were much better and safer for your gear. We did an anual biker club gig outside once. That got a little scary by 2:00am ;).
I have experienced all the above crap with my foot controllers over the years. I even accidentally ran over my old 2120 pedal board with my old TA ;). It kept on going.
Foot controllers in a gigging live situation in bars is definitely a tough ride for the device!