California's Great America sued for gay slur on-ride photo

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:21 PM | Contributed by Alexatucla

California's Great America has been sued on charges that include sexual harassment by two men who say a photograph of them was doctored in humiliating ways and then put on public display. The men declined to purchase an on-ride photos showing them holding hands. Later in the day, friends discovered the same photograph on display at a different ride's counter - but with a thought bubble added that contained the phase "Were (sic) Fags!"

Read more from The San Francisco Chronicle.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:43 PM

Okay it use to be that the people staffing the on ride photo concessions worked for the concesseionaire, not the park. If this is still the case, then they are suing the wrong people, unless they couldn't get anywhere with them and ar now going after the deeper pockets of CF.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:47 PM

I'll follow this one but in the mean time -

- this happened in 2008 - it is now 2011? I get called things all the time (yes the G word and the F word too!) - and it doesn't make it right, but you move on. Did these two not move on in 3 years?

Other questions which I have...

What is the statue of limitations in this case? And were these two in contact with Cedar Fair attempting to reach a settlement? Is this a money grab?


Yes I'm a bit bored at work today :-)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:47 PM

...and how is this Great America's fault?

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 1:49 PM

I don't think it is unless there is something in Kaman's contract with Cedar Fair (Assuming they were the concessionaire at the time) that says the Park assumes liability for the employee's stupid actions

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:13 PM

They should have said "Yes, we're gay, and we know how to use the English language, morons"... ;)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:19 PM

Doesn't "were fags" mean previously? As in "they were fags."

Somehow that mistake strikes me as funny and makes the whole thing even more absurd.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:22 PM

Yep - Kids (and many grownups) today can't spell. They don't even teach spelling anymore in my old school system as a stand alone class. Love you Bill Gates for that!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:39 PM

You can't have it both ways. What you do in public, well, its out in public. If Great America isn't the operator of the photo operation, they are not liable. Disneyland was mortified when flashmountain.com went live, and now they pay someone to review the pics before they go up.

With technology now, all the on ride and front gate pics go to one central server, so its possible that every location printed that photo out, and Park Operations should be doing walk by's to prevent this stuff, which happens often.

Not sure how it took 3 years to file a lawsuit, if it isn't tossed out. Don't expect a major award here. Maybe a pair of season passes.

Last edited by Agent Johnson, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:39 PM
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:46 PM

What does Bill Gates have to do with spelling? We chase people off of CoasterBuzz all of the time for being illiterate, in a computerized medium where spell check is pretty much on by default now.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:49 PM

Blame Steve Jobs, my iPhone spells we're when I want were and he'll when I'm trying to give someone hell.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:17 PM

I took Jerry's Bill Gates comment as meaning that in our tech-centric world spelling/grammar skills have gone downhill and as a tech icon, Gates is the metaphorical target.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:19 PM

Jeff said:
What does Bill Gates have to do with spelling? We chase people off of CoasterBuzz all of the time for being illiterate, in a computerized medium where spell check is pretty much on by default now.

It's a "Euphemistic Slur" at the technology industry (Which I do work in also). So - sue me - just don't take three years to bring it in front of Judge Judy.

Also - I practice my calligraphic and spelling skills with a feather and ink bottle when writing letters to loved ones - call me old fashioned, but they love to receive them.

Last edited by Jerry, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:25 PM
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:40 PM

The last line of the article is pretty clear:

"As for nearly three-year gap between the incident and legal action, 'complaints were made early on, and at some point Great America became nonresponsive.'"

Obviously there's a lot of information missing here, such as what the men were seeking from Great America and what the discussions entailed prior to the filing of the lawsuit. It doesn't seem as though a lawsuit was their first reaction, but came later after Great America stopped communicating with them.

I'd be pretty offended if someone posted a picture like that of me in public too.

-Nate

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:43 PM

Jerry said:


Also - I practice my calligraphic and spelling skills with a feather and ink bottle when writing letters to loved ones - call me old fashioned, but they love to receive them.

Where the hell was my feather-penned birthday card??

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:50 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Jerry said:


Also - I practice my calligraphic and spelling skills with a feather and ink bottle when writing letters to loved ones - call me old fashioned, but they love to receive them.

Where the hell was my feather-penned birthday card??

It's in the mail sweetie! <BIG KISS>.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:54 PM

coasterdude318 said:
The last line of the article is pretty clear:

"As for nearly three-year gap between the incident and legal action, 'complaints were made early on, and at some point Great America became nonresponsive.'"

Obviously there's a lot of information missing here, such as what the men were seeking from Great America and what the discussions entailed prior to the filing of the lawsuit. It doesn't seem as though a lawsuit was their first reaction, but came later after Great America stopped communicating with them.

I'd be pretty offended if someone posted a picture like that of me in public too.

-Nate

I guess Dick isn't a numbers guy for them, he just wants to run parks. <Ok folks - that opens the door for some humor!>

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:55 PM

Don't you lead me on. I'm expecting a card! I go to the mailbox like a sad puppy everyday, and I ask the mailman "Say, mister, did my birthday card come yet?"

I'm always greeted with the same rejection.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:59 PM

Raven-Phile said:
Don't you lead me on. I'm expecting a card! I go to the mailbox like a sad puppy everyday, and I ask the mailman "Say, mister, did my birthday card come yet?"

I'm always greeted with the same rejection.

I always get rejected by the Mail Man too... Now the UPS man - that's a different story. He's hotter too.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:59 PM

but with a thought bubble added that contained the phase "Were (sic) Fags!"

Can't believe no one spotted that yet.

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