Girls Stuck on Insanity May Sue Stratosphere

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 11:32 AM
Story found here...

My favorite line from the article, "The attorney, who will represent both girls, says if they do pursue legal action they hope to settle out of court."

Translation: 'We're banking on the Stratosphere reps not wanting to go through the hassles of the courts and the possible negative PR. This way we're sure to make a few bucks off of it!'

Seriously, I wouldn't want to be stuck up there like that, but nobody was hurt and the safety systems worked properly. They have no case. Shoot, as a visitor of Las Vegas, I'm suing the girls! What IF she dropped her cell phone from that height? I COULD have been standing below and it MIGHT have struck and killed/injured me! ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 11:43 AM
Good ole America sticking to it's Sue Happy ways(sigh)...
"the only thing I know is that life is short and the only time you've got left is luck"
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 11:52 AM
rollergator's avatar True that no one was injured....but would you want to be the lawyer arguing that the girls *didn't* suffer from emotional distress? I wouldn't! ;)

Much like every other case of this kind, there will probably be a settlement....cheaper than paying the legal fees to fight it out in court...meh!

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:03 PM
Nothing comped rooms and buffet passes wouldn't smooth out...but then comes a lawyer.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:33 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Would they have preferred the safety system didn't kick in?

"We're suing you for implementing features to ensure our safety."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:38 PM

rollergator said:
True that no one was injured....but would you want to be the lawyer arguing that the girls *didn't* suffer from emotional distress? I wouldn't! ;)

HA! I don't know, I think willingly being strapped into a seat while spinning in circles dangling from 1,000 feet in the air is asking for emotional distress! ;)

Besides, some of my clients at work cause me emotional distress... I'm suing my boss. Rush hour traffic? Oh yeah, distress... I'm suing the city. Are UFOs and Ghosts Real pop-up adds? Jeff, you'll be hearing from my lawyers soon! ;)

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:43 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar I still don't understand what the girls' problem is...I would be grateful (and excited that I got to hang 1000 feet in the air for an hour).

Yes, I am crazy. :-P


Wednesday, April 27, 2005 12:49 PM
They should change the rates, charge $1000 to hang there for an hour and countersue.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 1:48 PM
Exactly what is it the family wants to keep from happening again? That a mechanism consisting of moving parts will never, ever, ever stop functioning perfectly? Or is it something more simple like ensuring that nothing bad ever happens to any of them for the rest of their lives?

And why do they keep taking the 11-year old there to "just stare at it?" Is this to make the kid a total froot loop before a potential appearance before a judge and jury?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 2:11 PM
UBRhino, I definitley agree. While I don't think it is necessarily lawsuit worthy, it seems that Interactive needs to go back through thier ride programming and have it slowly return to the platform (at a maintenance mode speed) in case of a shut down due to wind. I still haven't figured out why it left the factory programmed like this.

Adam *** Edited 4/27/2005 6:12:30 PM UTC by LONNOL***

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 2:18 PM
UBRhino that was my question too, from the video you can obviously see that Insanity moves to a platformed area for the (un)loading process, so when the safety system kicks in why would it immediately stop the ride instead of returning it to the platform?

Seems to me to be more like a manufacturer issue then a Stratosphere issue. Look likes Interactive Rides might get itself back into the spotlight. (Interactive rides made the ride, seen here

I think the lawsuit would have more merit if it centered upon the actions of the safety system, not the emotional distress of the children (who I think live in Las Vegas).

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 2:32 PM
My guess is that the safety system is like a parking brake that grips the ride and prevents undesigned and designed movements. *** Edited 4/27/2005 6:32:32 PM UTC by RavenTTD***
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 2:50 PM
rollergator's avatar One of the reasons we HAVE product liability is to make sure that Interactive does indeed pay to fix what certainly does seem to be a flaw in the ride mechanism....if the ride shuts down from high wind, it should DEFINITELY park itself on the platform, no question!

However, the employees *laughing* at the stranded riders, that says that Stat should/will pay some share of the lawsuit, cause that would've added greatly to MY distress...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:10 PM
coasterqueenTRN's avatar LOL! Well, it WAS fun laughing and making fun of you while we were on X-Scream, Bill. ;-)


Wednesday, April 27, 2005 3:59 PM
but Bill's used to getting laughed at... ;)

--George H

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 5:21 PM
I posted this on the News thread, but it fits here too...

Not that this affects the case in any way...BUT..I live in Vegas...and the dirty little secret that the media is not touching (besides one radio station in town) is the fact that "the 11 year-old" involved in this case was riding rides on top of the Stratosphere at 12:15am-1:00 am ON A SCHOOL NIGHT!

She lives in Vegas and is enrolled in the Clark County School District. Again, this may have no affect on the case. Vegas does have a curfew law for 18 yo and younger, but I'm not sure how the 19-yo cousin may affect the law interpretation in terms of proper supervision...?

Anyhow, besides the obvious malfunctions with the Stratosphere operations, it is safe to say that we may also have a malfunction in the parental supervision category...

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 8:27 PM
Usually you have to be 21 to accompany someone during curfew's like that, and I guess that would be the reason they want to settle out of court...Lawyers would trump all over that.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005 9:49 PM
I don't blame them, I would probably piss in my pants if I was stuck up there for an hour! I probably wouldnt' sue though.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 10:54 PM
I am I the group of people who would consider is a badge of honor to be stuck up there.

It is kind of like being one of the few who have gotten rollbacks on Top Thrill Dragster or Kingda Ka.

Guess who's back? Back Again? James K's back. Tell a friend.

Thursday, April 28, 2005 12:13 AM
does kids have the right to sue? whats the 'legality' on this? I agree that the safety system should have been programmed to 'park' at the loading area instead of just stopping in the middle of the ride. I wouldn't sue if they comp (hotel, food and gambling money) for life.......

You won't see me coming...


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