Because people in Arlington aren't pathetic enough...

Monday, January 14, 2008 10:30 PM
Jeff's avatar Check this out...

http://www.star-telegram.com/arlington_news/story/405709.html

Manipulate your kids, get headlines. How sad is that?


Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Monday, January 14, 2008 10:37 PM
Lets see, 2 million+ guests, and only 600 complaints. I will take those odds every year.

Again, parents living their empty lives through their kids.

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Monday, January 14, 2008 10:49 PM
Are you freaking kidding me? How pathetic is THAT...
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Monday, January 14, 2008 11:04 PM
These people are acting as if Six Flags is going to be selling beer like their season passes. Unless the customer is planning on spending a boat load of money, who is planning on getting puke-drunk at the park.

Michael
The Blog

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Monday, January 14, 2008 11:08 PM
These people need not worry. Six FLags will sell the Beer for $12 a bottle and $14 with an unbrellla. Nobody is gonna pay that much.

Ps Do you think they bribed there kids to write these essay with Six Flags Season passes? *** Edited 1/15/2008 4:08:59 AM UTC by Crashmando***


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Monday, January 14, 2008 11:33 PM
a_hoffman50's avatar As a teacher, I am appalled that they would manipulate their students into that. For crying out loud, they are third graders! Of course they are going to think drinking is nasty, because that is what they have been told over and over again! But for the teacher to use that to try to convince the park to stop selling beer and for propaganda like this is just wrong on so many levels.
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Monday, January 14, 2008 11:59 PM
john peck's avatar Terrible, just terrible.

Can the park sue for slander? Not that it would be smart public-relation wise though.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:07 AM
Jeff's avatar Opinions are not covered by slander.

Jeff - Webmaster/Editor - CoasterBuzz.com - My Blog - Twitter - Video

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:19 AM
The problem with drunken people is that they ruin for everyone enjoying themselves. You go on a bus after a baseball game, and some guy is chunking all over the place. You have some blasted person near you who reaks of alcohol go all crazy because he can't control himself. They are loud and anxious. These are people that drink too much.

Those are the problems in which people complain about. Go to a football game, a drunken person spills all his beer over you. Oops, sorry for that. Ha. It's not the people that are just drinking one or two beers, and can hold there liquor. It's the other people that are the problems.

If you are so family-friendly, why have liquor at all? That's not a family thing. The whole family thing was just so he could get more revenue from children's entertainment, and so on. He even said something like that in his conference call (Shapiro).

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:03 AM
I worked in rides at a park for four years. We sold alcohol, and guess who 80% of the people who puked on rides. Yup, kids. We didn't have drunk walking around everywhere, in fact I can only recall one incident when a drunk guest caused me problems. People generally don't get drunk at theme parks, because its WAY too expensive.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:23 AM
matt.'s avatar It's comforting to know that adults who impress these sorts of things on 3rd graders are basically creating little future binge drinkers, drunk drivers, and alcoholics right before our eyes.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 7:47 AM
My opinion on this is a 'whatever' in my book. People are so concerned that the park is going to loose it's family image... Now, I've never been to the park in question but what I have to base my opinion on is Cedar Point and Kings Island since they are both around 2.5-3 hours away from me. The last time I checked, both parks were listed as family-friendly. King's Island has a top award winning children's area and they sell alcohol. Cedar Point has Camp Snoopy and all their children's attractions, and they sell beer- what's the big deal?

I'm of age, and I drink. I sometimes get drunk. However, I don't get drunk at amusement parks. Something about 90 degree heat, beer, coasters, and being drunk; all at the same time, that doesn't settle well with me. I would guess that there would be an occasional issue with the rowdy drunk, but I'm sure it's not a daily issue and even at that I'd assume it wouldn't be enough to tarnish a park's family friendly atmosphere... *** Edited 1/15/2008 12:51:41 PM UTC by OhioCoasterFan***


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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:47 AM

Spinout said:The problem with drunken people is that they ruin for everyone enjoying themselves. You go on a bus after a baseball game, and some guy is chunking all over the place. You have some blasted person near you who reaks of alcohol go all crazy because he can't control himself. They are loud and anxious. These are people that drink too much.Those are the problems in which people complain about. Go to a football game, a drunken person spills all his beer over you. Oops, sorry for that. Ha. It's not the people that are just drinking one or two beers, and can hold there liquor. It's the other people that are the problems.If you are so family-friendly, why have liquor at all? That's not a family thing. The whole family thing was just so he could get more revenue from children's entertainment, and so on. He even said something like that in his conference call (Shapiro).

And those people that would cause these problems are the ones going out to the parking lot, Getting hammered and causeing them anyway.

At least by allowing sales in the park you have some control of the sale. If someone came up to you staggering and wanted a beer, You refuse the sale. PERIOD.

Chuck, who refused many sales to overly intoxicated people.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 9:33 AM
What they NEED to tell these kids is that candy, cookies, cakes, pies and soda will make them all fat.

Then set them down to write letters to Hostess and Coca-Cola about it.

Somehow, I think their 'enthusiasm' will wane a little.

What? You mean people can enjoy those food items by responsible consumption? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

-CO


NOTE: Severe fecal impaction may render the above words highly debatable.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:01 AM
This whole story makes me chuckle... especially when I remember back to my trip to BGE last summer. I've never seen so many people with beer bottles in their hand in line for a rollercoaster. If nothing else, BGE should be a prime example to any other park looking to sell alcohol. Beer is readily available just about EVERYWHERE at BGE, but I've NEVER had or even heard about people having problems with people who have drank too much. Theme park beer is just too expensive to get drunk on...

If you can't stand the heights, get out of the line.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:16 AM

Crashmando said:
These people need not worry. Six FLags will sell the Beer for $12 a bottle and $14 with an unbrellla. Nobody is gonna pay that much.

Ps Do you think they bribed there kids to write these essay with Six Flags Season passes? *** Edited 1/15/2008 4:08:59 AM UTC by Crashmando***


SFNE charges $6 for a bottle of beer so i dont know where you are getting your numbers from. I know at concerts they are $8 for a 16oz cup.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 10:49 AM
WildStangAlex's avatar Why not sell alcohol? After all, some of the tax revenue generated off of it, I am sure, will end up in the Schools anyways.

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
-Joseph Campbell

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:21 PM
That is horrible. This teacher needs to be brought before the local board for her actions. Using kids to voice an opinion on a subject they know little about is wrong. I would take my kid out of this teacher's class for that very reason. I want my kid to LEARN. Not talk about why selling booze at park is wrong.

And this family issue. I don't get it. You are telling me, that parents do not drink at home with their FAMILY? That you have never gone to restaurant, and not had a beer because your kids were around? BS. Hell, my parents, and relatives used to have drink at dinnertime with children around.

The notion of maintaining an "family image" is a crock. If you want to have a "family" park, then only allow families in. Yeah, it sounds stupid.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 12:51 PM
Each time one of these liquor license things comes up, it seems like the nation wants to bring back prohibition.

The most surprising thing to me in this whole thing is that SFOT hasn't been selling booze all this time. Nearly every park has been selling booze for years, "family friendly" or not. Does anyone know which parks still haven't started serving? It would be interesting to know the small margin.

This article makes me wonder what kids are being taught these days about drugs and alcohol. From the article it sounds like the two out comes of drinking are either violent vomiting, and or Death. Reminds me of a quote from the gym teacher teaching sex ed in the movie Mean Girls, "if you have sex you get aids and die".

Wasn't it learned years ago that when teaching sex ed by abstinence it increased teen pregnancy and STDs? Thus the reason they switched to teaching safe sex techniques instead, bringing those numbers done (until very recently). Shouldn't they be teaching the same way for alcohol? Not to mention at a higher majority level than 3rd grade, so they can understand the topic more. Just my thoughts.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008 1:05 PM
HeyIsntThatRob?'s avatar So let me get this straight. I could let my son write to some big evil corporation about something I don't agree with and I'll get press coverage?

Sign me up! I need to- er my son needs to complain to Anheuser-Busch that we don't have a million dollars! And a pony! Yeah, I need a pony!

~Rob Willi

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