By any means? They're all hearsay accounts with absolutely no hard evidence to support them. Without relevant certification and/or credentials, neither are you, I or anyone else in a position to say this or that is actually 'unsafe' or puts guests at risk..short of ride-op behavior or operating conditions that go way out of bounds.
That dude is certified to teach people CPR. Not much else. Actually, as the CPR process has been greatly simplified--30 compressions in 18 seconds, 2 breaths, repeat--even THAT carries a lot less weight.
NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.
No need to read beyond that, really... ;)
You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)
In other words....they REALLY need to get a life!
I will give them the part about ride ops talking on cell phones and the line cutters. But it's nothing dozens of people haven't already complained about in here. Most normal people would go to guest services to complain, not the Associated Press.
You know these people have to be total whack jobs if they actually have ME taking Six Flags' side.
I wonder if these mega-geeks whip out membership cards when they're standing in queues.
"Listen to me, I'm with ASO."
"Yeah, you're an ASO all right."
Reading between the lines, and being my usual cynical self, it looks like a group that exists to invent problems where none exist, and get their name in the paper. Am I way off base with that assessment?
And the Press is just as stupid for buying into it.
Ohio dept of Agriculture basically gave them the boot when contacted by ISO but the newspaper didn't say anything about that. Only how a person with a bone degenerative condition broke his neck on a ride and made no mention of the bone degenrative condition in the story.
So...if a park WERE to view them as people to give a rat's arse about, they MIGHT theoretically gain some sort of *benefits* from the park(s) in question...
If you have a problem with them, why don't you just say it here instead of rudely telling me "go do your research" as thoughy you have some high and mighty secret information that is only available to those who have been around this forum much longer than me. Not a very welcoming attitude to people who don't post as much as you do.
I did my research and it tells me nothing negative that I can see. Other than press likes them, the parks are annoyed by them, and coaster enthusaists seem bitter towards them. Sounds like they are doing things right to me because isn't that how it should be for a group of "self-appointed watchdogs?" *** Edited 4/4/2007 5:26:05 PM UTC by TTDBoy***
Besides, I already expressed my feelings about them. Of course the media likes them. The media feeds on that BS. Bitter? I don't think so. I am not bitter at something I don't take seriously. ;)
The parks dislike them because they have about as much credibility as Jerry Falwell.
*** Edited 4/4/2007 5:49:24 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
See PKI SOB Story in the Cincinnati Enquirer last august. Like I said, The guy who broke his neck had a bone degernerative condition. They made no mention of that. ONLY THAT THE RIDE WILL BREAK YOUR NECK and OUR SOURCES SAY IS PURE HEARSAY.
Chuck, who says probably 95 percent of whats on their site has no merit or facts to back it up whatsoever. See a credible ride safety watch group. ASO isn't.
As for Goliath, I was fairly unimpressed with the ride itself. Blackout sensations? The infamous helix did not deliver like I expected--I've blacked out more on SFA's SROS's first helix than on the one on Goliath. And it's not like it's the tallest or steepest coaster around, either. Maybe the temperatures have something to do with it, but other than that, what are they making a big deal about?
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