Gum Machines In A Ride Line

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 2:46 PM
When I was at Funtown Splashtown USA a couple weeks ago, I noticed there are machines selling gum in the line of Excalibur. The machines were at the end of the line right where people board the ride. Funtown must be real stupid if they didn't take out the gum machines after the RB incident. I'm posting this to hear your reactions. Thanks.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 2:50 PM
Don't know what the "RB" incident is, but when I was a ride op, I would have come back at night and secretly removed the gum machines. Although playing with liquid nitrogen (to remove the gum) is fun for the first 10 second, doing it for an afternoon with guests in line can be downright no fun 'tall.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 2:56 PM
Some girl riding Raging Bull @ Sfgam dies becuase she choked on her gum and now you are not supposed to have gum while on a ride or coaster. And I also think that is very stupid idea to put a gum machine in a line ride!!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:04 PM
Askin for a lawsuit if you ask me!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:08 PM
A lawsuit? Come on people. It's not the park's fault if you die from choking on a piece of gum, its yours. The park isn't forcing you to buy it.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:12 PM
In my opinion, gum is the one of the greatest enemy to a theme park. If you are familiar with the magnum ride line, you may have seen the "gum wall" at the base of the stairs. Needless to say, that was no fun to clean, and it made me hate mankind in general.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:45 PM
Every park has a gum wall or a gum roof or a gum something where the pigs of society dispose of their used gum. They must think that it is funny or something. They stick gum all over the wall in line for the Jack Rabbit at Kennywood and they people leaning agains the wall as they wait in line get it all over their clothes.

I agree that it is your own fault, but that never stopped a lawsuit before.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 3:55 PM
I would be more concerned with people putting gum everywhere (starting a "gum tree") than I would anything else.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 4:51 PM
I too, at first glance thought he was talking about vandalism issues. Heck, it's the reason the last two switchbacks of the Millennium Force queue are not used.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 5:36 PM
I think its disgusting. The parks look so dirty with that crap and you can see black spots all over the sidewalks because of it. It's ridiculous that people can't walk the 10 feet to the nearest trash can to throw the gum away.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 6:36 PM
I wondered why those two switch backs werent used.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 7:10 PM

I thought that girl choked on taffy while on Raging Bull. I also wondered why CP had those two switchbacks closed on the Force.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2003 7:58 PM
Are you sure it is a gum machine? I don't think I have seen a gum machine in an amusement park in a long time. Most candy machines in amusement parks dispense either candy lozenges or jawbreakers...NOT gumballs.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 4:59 AM
You're right RockRC, it was taffy that she choked on, not gum. But after the incident, they put up signs saying that you're not allowed to eat gum or taffy on the rides at GAm.
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Thursday, August 14, 2003 7:23 AM
Well I know at SF. ST. Louis all their signs for rides now say that no gum or any other candy is allowed while riding the ride/rides. I even noticed on The Boss where they made a couple of ladys spit out their gum before they would dispatch the train. I don't blame the parks because the last thing they want or we want is another lawsuit that would set back a new ride yet another year! Also i hate how people stick gum everywhere its just Gross! But its nearly impossible to keep clean!

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Thursday, August 14, 2003 11:51 AM
There is a country that outlawed chewing gum because people would spit it out on the sidewalk and put it in places it should not go. The whole country is really strict, I don't think you can even spit on the street there. I don't think we should have a ban on gum, but I do think that people are being immature and irresponsible when they place chewed gum in places other then trash cans. It's gross and someone somewhere usually has to clean it up at some point.

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