Attention all oncoming riders!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2002 8:43 AM

So here we are in my second season as a ride op. and it is about time to vent...

1. No, that train is not "stuck" if it were stuck, it would never move. It will move. You were stopped. If you were smart enough to understand how a "block" works on a coaster you would understand this. Use your freaking head and understand that if a trains gets too close to another one you would die, thus you are at a stop in a set of breaks.

2. I can not stop the rain. Nor can I stop the winds, but if you really want to get onto a ride composed of TONS of steel and metal, be my guest. I will be more then happy to let you get shocked by a nice little bolt.

3. I am not out to ruin YOU day, and your day alone. I had to sit through hours and hours of training tell me how I will get fired if I don't tell you to do things. I do not want you to die. So don't sit on the hand rails and then fall off becuase we put metal bright on them each morning to keep them all nice and silver. Dont stand on the line so you dont get run over when you rush out to your friends.

4. You know what, just be nice to use. We know what we are doing (well, some of us and some parks). All we want to do is our job. A smile from you, gets a smile from us. Trust me, when you walk away upset at us, we do the same thing. All we (or I) want is to do our job, and make you happy.

Thanks!

Chad, PROUD Cedar Point employee

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 8:46 AM
Amen. I don't expect the GP to know about blocks though...

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*** This post was edited by Ozzyhead on 6/5/2002. ***

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:19 AM
Just let it out man..... Seriously thou, I can see why you are upset. You are trying to do a job, and people can be stupid. It's in our make up. But I do feel that the people who post here follow the rules and know alot of what you know. Coasters are our hobby and I personally always follow the rules. I stay behind the line, I don't sit on the rail. But I also thank my ride op, because well at that point in time when he or she sets the ride in motion , they are my best friend. I think we need to set up a National Ride-Ops Day. We have a National Cops Day, A National Firefighters Day, in every job in America there is a day to honor an indiviviual line of work. Why not National Ride-Ops Day?

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:39 AM
First week of June and you're already irritated? And this is how you introduce yourself to our community and represent your park? Um, OK.

It's your job to deal with stupidity. If you don't like it, move on to something that makes you happier. You need to consider that the vast majority of park guests have never worked in a park, and probably visit one maybe once a year if they're lucky. You're used to the routine, they are not.

Please don't embarass my home park like that with a rant of operator snobbery.

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Jeff - who hopes the "brakes" work when Chad is on a "break"
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 11:55 AM
I gotta deal with people coming into my arcade asking where the token machines are when they're standing right next to them. You'd think that the huge sign above it saying "TOKENS" would tip them off, no?

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-Kyle Brylczyk
KoRn - Untouchables, June 11th, 2002

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 12:18 PM

You know what's funny? At SRM, for some unknown reason, my brain failed me and I sat on the rails in the Legend queue. After about 15 seconds, I came to and quickly hopped down. Boy, did I feel foolish.

But anyway, your attitude is a little foolish. I'm sure you do equally annoying things when you go to stores, restaurants, etc., because it's not your field of expertise. Have some tolerance, and give people a "brake."

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Proud CB club member

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 12:18 PM
I can see your point on a lot of things, but while you are ranting with your biting sarcasm because someone used the 'wrong' wording, you may want to learn how to spell brake correctly.

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|| Jonathan Hawkins ||
http://www.starcoasters.com
Top Gun: TJC flights - Approx. 265 (79 in 2002)

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 12:26 PM

Trust me, every employee who deals with the GP in any way is frustrated.

When I worked at a video store, people every day would walk right past the huge sign that said RETURNS and the slot, go through the security gate, setting off the alarm, and hand their videos to me.

When I worked at a party store, people would stand there and watch me inflate 40 balloons for them, then decide they only wanted 20. Or none at all.

Now that I work in a newspaper, I get a dozen calls every day asking for our fax number or our address, which is printed in every paper. I also get a dozen calls looking for stories or reporters from our competitors' newspapers.

Get used to it. You'll be dealing with this until you retire.

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He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 12:36 PM
HMmmmm... I always hand my videos to an employee and say here are my videos, check them in while I watch you and make sure they are checked in. Dang I don't trust video store employees after the "little" incident at Lack Luster Video.

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Beer, my soon to be wife, coasters, and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Is this a great country or what!!
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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 1:49 PM

Wow... I guess that all came out the wrong way. Let me explain that none of that was ment to be in a mean manor. It was all in jest. I mean, there is no way that I can expect people to know or even understand why we do the things that we do. This was all ment to be in great fun that I assumed that the kind of people that post on here (those that make rides a hobby) to find funny becuase they do understand them. I totally give out a huge "I'm sorry" to those of you that thought this was all serious. Again, it was all in jest.

On a side note, I add a larger "I'm sorry" for embarassing your home park. I am not a frustrated that needs to move on. If I was, I would not have been on the edge of my seat waiting for my contract to come in the mail this winter telling me where I would be working. I love my job, I love what I do, I love the ride I work on, I love almost everything about it. That is why I am there. I don't feel that I have embarassed my park or anyone who works there. We all joke about these things as a group. And that was all this was ment to be, a joke.

So again, I am sorry if I have upset anyone with all of this. I never wished to do so. Hope you can all look past it.

Chad -- who hopes you will give me a "brake" when I am not on "brake"

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 4:53 PM

i don't get whats so bad with sitting on the rails...i'm just doing it because i've been standing in line all day...

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 4:55 PM

Because if you fall they're responsible. Maybe you wouldn't sue, but I suspect most would.

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Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"

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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 7:42 PM
i'd take the chance
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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 9:29 PM
But can you tell me what time the 10:00 o'clock laser show starts?

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"I'm too Much!" -Snow Miser

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 9:50 AM
lol, Quote of the Month! :)

I sit on the rails when my feet are tired, but I sit on the lower rail so that it would be pretty hard to fall. Also how can I sit when you ride ops keep the people moving in the queue constantly? Geeze how rude! ;) j/k

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Snoopy Rocks! On Ice opens on June 22nd

Think they'll let me drive the Zamboni machine?


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Thursday, June 6, 2002 10:06 AM

When I worked at "Jeffs homepark", I was always asked when the rain would stop and my reply was, "I don't know, but let me call God on the big red phone and find out". I usuialy had a smile on my face and said it in a jokeing way so the guests would laugh and realize that I had no idea just like them.

Sometimes, if I were near a phone, I would pick it up and pretend I was speaking to God. "Hello, is this God? Oh I have a park guest here that wants to know when it is going to stop raining. Umm humm...Okay...All right I'll tell him." Then I would hang up and look at the guest and say, "He doesn't know". I miss doing that.

1to3not4me, make fun of them without being mean. Some people are nice enough to get away with it and it's a lot of fun.

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Tomorrow's a mystery, yesterday is history, and today is a gift and that's why it is called the present.

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Thursday, June 6, 2002 5:49 PM

Reminds me of something someone wrote in a topic about how brakes work (the person who started the topic misspelled "brakes" as "breaks").

"If they're breaks they probably don't work at all!"

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