Alton Towers bans high heeled shoes for children

Posted Friday, May 22, 2009 10:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Alton Towers has banned children from wearing high-heel shoes to stop them trying to cheat the height requirements set for the extreme rides.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:12 AM

Hopman, how many times have you seen signs that say, "You must be 48" tall to ride!"?

Actually I noticed something similar on a casino down in New Orleans. Makes you wonder if anybody ever does a sanity check on this stuff.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:17 AM

Essentially, this is just one more way that parents teach kids that the rules don't apply to them if they can come up with clever ways to circumvent them.

I'm a huge fan of The Rules, as my kids will attest---it is commonly accepted that I am the meanest dad in the history of dads.

But, it's not just The Rules in this case, either---it's "safety rules." Kids are really poor judges of which rules are safe to bend, and which ones are not.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 3:41 PM

Ride, more than a few. Shouldn't the CORRECT signage be "You must be AT LEAST 48" tall to ride?"

If there's onething my parents have drilled into my head, it's you follow the SAFTEY rules to the letter. It might be because I grew up around trucks and equipment that could kill you and have seen instances were the sfatey rules were not followed and some body got seriously injured.


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:44 PM

Carrie M. said:
Aside from the obvious safety concerns for those who are using extreme measures to circumvent the height restrictions, like allowing a daughter to where the mother's high heeled shoes to make up the difference, there is also a lesson that gets taught to these kids in these circumstances.

Essentially, this is just one more way that parents teach kids that the rules don't apply to them if they can come up with clever ways to circumvent them. It's just wrong no matter how you construe a justification.

where the mother's high heeled shoes? Holy Homophones, Batman! :) But the 2nd paragraph is right on. It's even sadder when they come up with non-clever ways to break rules.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:38 PM
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Whoa! I can't believe I did that. On second thought, yes I can. I need to spend less time on the internet. :(


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:46 PM
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^Knowing that you knew better just makes it funnier. When they DON'T know any better, that's just sad. Oh, and please don't spend less time here, you make it way funner here...


You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:37 PM
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Aw, thanks Gator. You're the bestest! :)


"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin

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Monday, June 1, 2009 12:44 PM

rollergator said:
I'll apologize in advance, but all day this has been nibbling at my brain. So now, without so much as an opening act (or even the first verses), Traffic.

If I gave you everything that I owned
and asked for nothing in return
Would you do the same for me
as I would for you?
Or take me for a ride,
and strip me of everything
including my pride
But spirit is something
that no one destroys
And the sound that Im hearing
is only the sound
The low spark of high-heeled boys

We now return to your regularly-scheduled forum surfing... :)

Gator, since reading your post in this thread, I realized I had a "Hole In My Shoe." But you'll be "Glad" to know that I'm "Feeling Alright" and can go back to being a "Freedom Rider" in no time.

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Monday, June 1, 2009 2:15 PM

Well, if any coaster braks down, it'd be a "Slow Ride," and if you were stapled in, it'd be a "Highway To Hell" :)

Wait a sec, if you had two out & back racers, would it be a "Doubleback?"

If a tropical-theamed park is in Lancaster, PA can we call it "Amish Paradise?"

Stop me before I go further...


Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009 6:03 PM

^ Somebody already beat you to it.

http://www.amishnews.com/towns.htm

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