I don't live in that area, nor do I have children, but this seems like the only right thing to have done with this matter. Good move on GL's part to change their minds as it will win over the admiration of not only the kids but the parents as well!
I love how everyone was siding with Geauga Lake when they weren't going to honor them, and now is praising Geauga Lake when they say they will. It never ceases to amaze me how Cedar Fair can apparently do no wrong.
Yeah, but that makes me a big meanie who doesn't understand the kids, Brett.
They read books, man! And then Cedar Fair snatched that reward right from under the tiny little growing feet! If that isn't the most dispicable, horrendous act ever commited then I don't know what is.
They clearly recognized that they'd be bankrupt in less than two seasons if they didn't flip-flop and honor these vouchers.
But CF are the true victims here! Victims of countless oppresive children, parents and school officials who mercilessly and repeatedly attacked until they had no choice but let these people enjoy their facilites at no charge. Those uncaring kids and their parent and teachers have no sympathy for the plight of a large corproate entity trying to profit and grow. They want to snatch the very livelyhood out of hundreds of employees hands, laughing all the while...
(do I even have to add the little winky face?)
It's no big deal and it wasn't before. Some kids in the outskirts of Cleveland get to go to the park for free this year and they read books. They made a story out of nothing. It didn't matter before, it doesn't matter now, and it will matter even less in a few months.
The real pain comes for these kids next year when the program is discontinued and they can't fugure out why a magic "get in free" voucher doesn't appear in the mailbox everytime they read a nursery rhyme without using their little grubby fingers to follow the words as they ackwardly sound them out aloud.
(is that closer to what you were after, Brett? :) )
As others have said, this isn't a huge deal but I say kudos to Cedar Fair for changing their minds. I thought they should have done this in the first place and am glad that the new owners of one of my favorite parks is showing some heart in addition to their good business sense.
Life is cruel, kids are going to learn that lesson many times over throughout the years. If a company can do something small like this to keep children protected from the real world if only for a day, I'm all for it.
Amazing... A park makes a bad decision in not honoring the vouchers to begin with, spins it like the White House would and they get a pat on the back for changing their mind and doing the right thing. Honoring them is what they should have done to begin with. Instead it takes parents, teachers and principals taking a stand and providing some bad publicity for the park to get them to change their mind. Simply Amazing. I thought changing from a SF to CF park was suppose to end the bad publicity and the days of poor customer service were over. But I guess I was wrong.
Brian, my wife teaches Kindergarden in a Title 1 school . The school had 110 out of 600 kids read the req'd # of hours to earn the free pass. If one of those kids learns to enjoy reading because they earned a one day pass to me that is an accomplishment. Besides this helps kids with self-esteem and shows them how to be winners and there are rewards for working hard towards a goal and reaching that goal. It's no different than your boss given you a bonus for doing a good job. *** Edited 4/23/2004 11:33:58 AM UTC by coasterguts*** *** Edited 4/23/2004 1:09:57 PM UTC by coasterguts***