Father sues Six Flags Great America for daughter's fall in scare zone

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 9:36 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

Marian Pieczonka claims his young daughter Natalie, whose age was not disclosed, was at the park Oct. 9, 2011, for Fright Fest at the Hunted Trails when a character jumped out of a port-a-potty, frightening her, and shot her with a water gun. She tripped and fell as the character began to chase her, leaving her with scrapes, cuts and bruises, the suit, filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:49 AM
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From the article

"Her father blames Six Flags Great America for encouraging employees to frighten and chase patrons inside the park, despite the presence of tripping hazards, the suit said."

Isn't that the point of a scare zone (less the tripping hazards)?

Last edited by RPM, Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:49 AM
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:52 AM
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What tripping hazards would there be? Did they string hoses and wires across the midways just for the event?


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:31 AM
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No but I'd have a lot more fun peoplewatching if they did.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:50 AM
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So she went to Fright Fest and got frightened? She went in a scare zone and got scared? Huh. Silly Six Flags with their appropriate descriptions.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 11:52 AM
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Since they haven't disclosed the child's age, I'm going to assume she's probably pretty young. If she was young enough, I'd say she might not have been ready for a full on scare zone.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:03 PM

And if she wasn't ready for a full on scare zone, then the parent shouldn't have taken her through it. It's their job to be the parent, not Six Flags'.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:26 PM

Personally, I think the jumping out of a Port-a-Potty is an excellent tactic on the actor's part.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:12 PM

Here's the real irony: If she hadn't gotten scared, they'd be suing to get their money back.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:16 PM
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I just wonder how they come up with $30,000 for scrapes and bruises. My goodness, if that what the going rate for that kind of injury, could you imagine? If it's emotional distress tacked on, then you have to wonder what they were doing in a scare zone to begin with.

And what do they mean by "chased" her? I don't think I've ever seen an actor run after anyone before. They follow, sure. That's the fun. But chase? Seems a bit dramatic to me.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:23 PM
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But, but.... OMG EW POOP AND STUFF!


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:24 PM
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As a slight counterpoint, I have seen an actor chase guests out of a haunt maze at SFA before. I'm not that shocked by it.

With that said, this suit screams frivolity. I can see how the actor might have contributed, but seriously, they can't actually do anything to guests, so if one runs from them for fear that they will, that's the guest's deal. I don't expect every guest to have the wherewithal to handle the scare attempts with complete calm and composure, but it all goes back to the rationale that if you can't handle the scare zone, don't enter it.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:27 PM
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Raven-Phile said:

But, but.... OMG EW POOP AND STUFF!

Exactly. That's why I try to stay far away from any Port-o-Potties on the midways of an amusement park. Same goes for outhouses. You just can't be too careful.


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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 3:30 PM
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This lawsuit should go into the Port-A-Potty the actor jumped out of...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 5:12 PM
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This won't go anywhere. Then again, much stupider lawsuits have.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:05 PM

If a monster jumped out of a port a potty at me I'd crap.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:19 AM
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This is so stupid. If she's anything like the throngs of teenage girls who scream and run away from every puff of air or plastic chainsaw she probably tripped over her own feet which makes the tripping hazard "teenager in haunted house."


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Friday, September 14, 2012 1:02 AM

$30,000 for cuts and scrapes? I didn't realize the cost of band-aids and mercurochrome had skyrocketed. What next-- a neosporin bubble? Or perhaps you need something stronger to fend off being shot at with a water gun by a zombie who emerges from a port-a-potty. Just how did he fill that thing?

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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:02 AM

They should also sue the maker of her shoes. It's a general expectation of any shoe purchased that they won't trip up when fleeing someone that jumps out of a port-a-potty.

I always ask about arch support when buying new runners. But now I'll also be inquiring about stability when fleeing port-a-potty attacks as well.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 11:09 AM
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I've deposited a few monsters into a port-a-potty before, but I've never had one of them jump back out.

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