crazy park employee stories

Wednesday, April 17, 2002 5:54 PM

I know as a former employee of an amusement park (CP 96&97) that employees see and hear some crazy stuff sometimes. I worked on the Giant Wheel and one June day we had a couple board. The woman was wearing a longer coat but we thought nothing of it since it was a chilly day. as the wheel went for its rotaion we noticed that the man was videotaping the woman sans coat..with nothing else on. We called security and they told us to keep them on the ride. The other riders got a few extra rotations and the couple got escorted from the park. I have several stories about guests and employees that are very interesting...at least to me. Working at an amusement park was one of the best experiences of my life and the memories that I hold onto are incredible

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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:16 PM
Did you bother to tell security on what you guys do on Disaster Transport Beach until Sunrise? What about in the Village, or at Louies. Don't forget the Winery. And those afternoons at Frosty's at Put in Bay. WE know.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:39 PM

I as well worked at the Point. I have way too many stories to tell here so only I will tell only one.

I was working at Baloon Race at Camp Snoopy. Now this is a crazy ride even for adults. As it spins, tilts, and rotates it can be very disoriateing. A lady wanted to take her newborn baby on the ride and I told her that the child had to be able to at least walk with no help to be allowed to ride. That was the rules. She kept yelling at me, "I'll hold her in my lap-I'll hold her in my lap" and "They let us on the Scrambler!"(yea, right)

I still refused to let her ride even though she stood in the line and pushed her way past me and sat herself and her baby in the ride. I had to call security to come and get her because she would not leave the ride.

While being escorted off of the ride she said, "You just wait 'till my husband gets off the Magnum. He's gonna kick your a$$!"

10 minuts later her sweaty, tatooed, leather jacket-black T-shirt wearing, dirty long haired, scruffy faced, foul mouthed husband come up to me and starts screaming and threatining me.

So I pick up my handy little phone (and he sais "Go ahead and call security on me you SOB") and call security once again and they are there within 30 seconds.

Most of the time, I love CP security.

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"If you can't do it, don't even knock it" COINMONSTER

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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:52 PM
I have been one to believe that ride ops never make enough money to take abuse from trailor park trash. Kind of ruins the whole 'point' of being there.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2002 7:57 PM

Being at the Point for two seasons there are a ton of stories that I could tell that would all seen strange to you. But to us they are a part of the norm with working with large groups of people all day.

One of the strangest things I ever did see happened in the summer of 2002 while I was working Millennium Force. A gentleman in his 30's or so boarded the ride, got a lap, and got off....no big deal you say. But, while our crew walked down the train to make sure seatbelts and lapbars were all ready they noticed a brown stain on the seat, yes it was poo. The worst thing about it was that it was not only on the seat, it was all over the train and they now had to clean it up. Thank god I was not one of those who had to do. The strange thing about this whole issue is that the gentleman never said anything and most likely spent the rest of the day carrying around an extra load

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 4:41 AM

Whoa, that above post is nasty. I know of a story at the hotel where a young, underage couple, was caught going at it in the stairwell. When approached, the young boy started crying and pleading with security NOT to tell her father. He said that if he found out he would through the boy out the window!

I didn't see any bodies outside the next day.

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 5:36 AM

When I worked Outer Limits occasionally we entered the drum during off hours to retrieve lost articles not located in lock-out areas.

The oddest thing we found? A condom

USED

I still wonder how in the world.....

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 5:45 AM

Man, remember "Nudist Ride Operator Days" at PKI back in the 80's? Man, do I have some stories from then! *hearty chuckle*

Yes, yes. "Nudist Ride Operator Days." Hmm.

*strokes chin*

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If the shoe fits, find another one.

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 6:04 AM

Ravenguy, LOL! Shaggy, that was probably a lot harder to do before the lapbars....

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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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Thursday, April 18, 2002 10:12 AM

Worked at SFoT for 6 years.

I once saw a kid relieve himself from the exit bridge into the splashdown pool on Splashwater Falls.

One of my employees found a gun in a train on Texas Giant.

Saw a couple engaged in intense "family planning" on a secluded bench in the middle of the day.

I broke my arm one summer when I was working at a ride where we had to monitor a train crossing (before we had crossing arms). For the entire time I wore my cast, during any given 1 hour rotation at that crossing, I bet I had 20 people ask me if my hand was run over by the train and that is not an exageration. By the end of that 8 week period, I was ready to refuse to go to the crossing. (But since I was such a darn good employee, of course I never refused.)

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 11:01 AM
Your chin Ravenguy98? lol, just kidding.
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Those who think young say Pepsi please!
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Thursday, April 18, 2002 11:42 AM

HA HA HA!

Sorry Ravenguy98... you have to admit that Cali-Coaster-Fan got you with that one! :-)

But I for one would LOVE to hear more about "Nudist Ride Operator Days" back at PKI....well depending on WHO was nude.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 11:45 AM
I heard the one guy didn't need to use a height stick to measure guests.

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*** This post was edited by B&M-TYCOON on 4/18/2002. ***

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 11:59 AM
Good one Trevor!
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Those who think young say Pepsi please!
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Thursday, April 18, 2002 6:12 PM
While working at CP the "thing to Do" was to get friendly with your significant other in the King Arthur Courts ball room. Not an easy thing to do. Also, the screw your crew parties were always an interesting night out too.
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Thursday, April 18, 2002 6:52 PM

"Screw your crew" huh? I guess that's what they mean by getting to the point...

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Quoth the Jaguar...."Check"

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 7:13 PM

Giantwheeljay said:
While working at CP the "thing to Do" was to get friendly with your significant other in the King Arthur Courts ball room. Not an easy thing to do. Also, the screw your crew parties were always an interesting night out too.


The more and more stories I hear from Cedar Point employees, the more I want to work there. Now, I certainly had my share of fun at SFGAd over the years, but with the ballroom, the rapids ride, the ballroom, the employee housing, the bars...damn. I'm still not too kean on returning as a visitor, but as an employee, man, it sounds better everyday. I wonder how things are over at Walt Disney World, since I'm going to University of Florida in 2003. I hear things can get kinda wild on Tom Sawyer Island after dark.....

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-Rob Vaccaro

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 7:41 PM

| Note to self | "Must talk more with past and present Cedar Point employees to see if it truly is that damn wild at the point..."

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-Rob Vaccaro

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 7:51 PM

I had about four good seasons at SFGAd. I vividly remember "testing out the Skyway cars to make sure they were stable" with my hot female lead early in the morning AND late at night...

'Fun times in the ball pits and the play structures in both Bugs Bunny Land and Looney Tunes Seaport....

Walking the catwalk of our log flume after park close with several female employees back by the second drop where the flood lights conveniently never seemed to be on...

Sneaking off behind Conestoga Wagon and behind the Arenas for some after hours action, especially during the employee parties (c'mon, you really didn't think we ALL went home early, did you?)

The bandshell on the lake, and the Grandstand where they have the stunt show were always popular...

The 'woodsy' area by Character Cafe...

Lazer Runner....

Skull (Skully) (Head) Mountain...

Damn, I miss that place! :(

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Thursday, April 18, 2002 7:53 PM

Giantwheeljay said:
While working at CP the "thing to Do" was to get friendly with your significant other in the King Arthur Courts ball room. Not an easy thing to do. Also, the screw your crew parties were always an interesting night out too.


Screw you crew huh well I know its a little different now but for a lot of the 90's and late 80's weren't the ride crews segregated all male or female

Anyway I worked at Carowinds at Thunder Road in 87 and we had a bad rep with management although the guests loved our personalities we one night exitted the park doing army cadences(sp?) you know the one about Casey Jones being a son of a b*tch that drew alot of attention And there was also this kid that just didnt get the "do not stand up "rule he kept coming back and this one co- worker kept catching him and stopping T-Road and having security throw him out well the last time this happened he got out of the train and started running down the lift after the employ(who was also nuts and tried to meet him halfway) that time he lost his season pass

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JOHN

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