Beating victim sues Six Flags and his attackers

Posted Thursday, January 8, 2009 9:16 AM | Contributed by Chitown

A Marietta teenager beaten outside Six Flags Over Georgia two years ago, is suing the park and his attackers. Joshua Martin was brutally assaulted after he left the park on July 3, 2007, by a group of teenagers who worked as seasonal employees at Six Flags. His lawyer contends that the fight began on Six Flags property and security knew it, a claim the park disputes.

Read more from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 12:09 PM

Wow! More trouble for Six Flags!

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 1:48 PM

From what I remember from reading this story when it came out two years ago (shortly after I had visited SFoG) the alleged 'first assault' occurred at the small (non-SFoG) parking lot at the intersection of S. Service Rd and Six FLags Parkway.


Now they are alleging that the assault started in the park...why? Because SF has deep pockets.

Even if the initial fight started on property, if the combatants were separated and the incident appeared to be done, then they left the park and re-started the fight off property about a quarter of a mile away.

What is security (if it even happened in the park) supposed to do? Follow both sets of people home and make sure they don't fight each other eveen though they are off property? Also the first fight, which must have been minor since the person suing the park was a) able to leave the park and b) didn't MAKE security do something about it.

If the combatants aren't making a big deal about it to security and would rather leave than make an issue out of it, what could security do? They are not police.

Yes, what happened to this guy is heinous, but going after the park is only because they are a company with money rather than a group of punks who do not.

Last edited by redman822, Thursday, January 8, 2009 1:49 PM
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Thursday, January 8, 2009 6:27 PM

^Couldn't agree more.

I have a feeling Six Flags will fight this one instead of settling.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:05 PM

Just another frivolous lawsuit in today's "blame everyone except yourself" society.

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Friday, January 9, 2009 7:28 AM

The information regarding the first problem in the park is pretty limited in the article. Six Flags is going to have a problem with this. I don't agree with this place blame on the people with the most money line of thinking but I can see what they may argue here. They could say security took no action because the suspects were employees. I'm sure it is BS but thats probably the road they will take.

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Friday, January 9, 2009 9:21 AM

LOL, we should've sued when my Girlfriends son got jumped at the gate of SFWOA.

Granted, he has Asperger Disorder, and actually started the situation by flipping off a group of people of another colour, but, hey, money's money, right?

(i was lucky on that one though. I intervened and somehow, didn't get killed...)

Yeah, another stupid suit against a park.

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Friday, January 9, 2009 1:03 PM

Security could have called the cops to prevent any further fights. I agree that Six Flags is going to fight this but chances are that they will lose is going to be a 50/50 chance.

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Friday, January 9, 2009 6:55 PM

I have been to six flags
and six flags personal saw me walking around.
They did not warn me I could trip
It hasn't happened yet.
But when it does can I sue six flags ?

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Friday, January 9, 2009 7:14 PM

If you tripped on an unpainted
curb or a large rock (for example), or if there was something
slippery on the walkway that wasn't cleaned up, like oil or Hydrolic fluid
(for example), then I suppose you could.

You're
welcome.

If we knew the entire story, maybe we could come up with why this is or isn't a frivolous lawsuit, but in the meantime, I'm going to let the judge decide.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 11:58 AM

LostKause said:
If you tripped on an unpainted
curb or a large rock (for example), or if there was something
slippery on the walkway that wasn't cleaned up, like oil or Hydrolic fluid
(for example), then I suppose you could.

You're
welcome.

If we knew the entire story, maybe we could come up with why this is or isn't a frivolous lawsuit, but in the meantime, I'm going to let the judge decide.

I was meaning if I trip at home at at some other place than six flags
How long is the period of time do you have to be since you left the park.
If there is a disagreement in the park are they required to escort both parties home.If I get in a fight and get hurt can I sue the employer of the person who hurt me.I would think the park will fight this so it will be dragged on for years.

But what it may mean to us park users is any disagreement with anyone will result in the cops being called and all parties being banned from the park and escorted away by the cops.

IE: you yell at someone for line cutting they turn around and start arguing with you you both may get thrown out.

Before you say that can't happen in the crowd at universal after HHN parade I got in a verbal altercation by someone who tried to push me over a lady pushing a baby stroller.In order to get thru crowd faster

Kevin38

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 4:42 PM

^I agree. Parks nor any business for that matter don't need to be calling the cops for every single argument patrons may have. If the argument or altercation seems to cool down, the cops don't need to be called. Calling the police sometimes actual makes matters worse belive it or not. Some people get real fired up when the cops show up because they think someone may have pointed the finger at them. Plus if the cops come and someone broke the law, the police will take action which could lead to another brawl. Of course if someone gets hurt then the cops should be called. Bars have fist fights all the time and many of these fights go unreported to police. They break things up and send everyone on their way. But this situation is a little different because employees are involved. I think it falls under something called vicarious liability. I think we have some lawyers on here that may be able to shed some light on this or explain if this would apply here. But I do think Six Flags has a problem on their hands with this one.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009 7:53 PM

According to this article in today's Beacon Journal, one of the establishments to get the most police calls, believe it or not, is Chuck E. Cheese:

http://www.ohio.com/news/dyer/37369664.html

Not sure how it's relevant, just thought it was interesting.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009 10:40 PM

Do you mean to tell me that if any of you were involved in a physical altercation with a customer, your employer would do nothing about it?

The difference between this and your typical amusement park scrape is that on-duty employees were involved. These idiots were almost certainly still wearing their employee polos while stomping on this guy's head. Not only that, but a weapon (brass knuckles) was used. Are SF employees routinely allowed to carry weapons inside their parks? Or keep them in their lockers?

This Martin guy may be the biggest tool in Georgia. But every customer should have the expectation when they go to a park that they're not going to be assaulted-- especially by park employees.

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Monday, January 12, 2009 1:12 PM

Where did you come up with the 'fact' that they were on duty? Or in uniform? Also, based on reports at the time only two of the numerous assailants were employees...

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Monday, January 12, 2009 3:07 PM

Ensign: Thanks for the Sucky Cheese article.

I've seen a few near fights at the location at Parmatown Mall.

What's really funny is watching the teens steal peoples beer when the adults go to play a game or check on their kids. (grossssss)

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Monday, January 12, 2009 8:44 PM

redman822 said:
Where did you come up with the 'fact' that they were on duty? Or in uniform? Also, based on reports at the time only two of the numerous assailants were employees...

It was 3.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:04 AM

But you're still missing the point. Even if it was three, according to the original story, there was a group of up to 25 (look at the original News link on CBuzz here... http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/54226.aspx ).

I am just saying that the brass knuckles might not have been the employees, or in their possession at work...

Last edited by redman822, Tuesday, January 13, 2009 11:22 AM
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 9:46 AM

The main point here is did the park do all it could REASONABLY do they are not allowed to follow employee's after they leave park.

They are not allowed to police marta bus stops.They are not allowed to pull you over for speeding on I-20.

Lawsuits are out of control there is a woman suing a hospital because she would not fit in the MRI machine.she weighs 460 pounds An employee of the hospital suggested she call the Zoo and find out how they MRI the elephants.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 1:41 PM

So now the $35M award has been re-instated and the Georgia Supreme Court has offered an opinion and now that additional facts regarding this case have emerged; I'd argue that Six Flags Over Georgia had a gang problem that they were aware of and they could have done more to prevent this incident from happening; even though the beating technically took place off property.

Interesting read about the facts and events leading up to the incident here:

http://www.gasupreme.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/s16g0743.pdf

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