Hero Catches a Stranger's Phone Mid-Air While Riding a Roller Coaster

Friday, September 6, 2019 11:13 AM

In the world of strange news you find online:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/hero-catches-a-strangers-p...spartanntp

You really can not make this kind of stuff up, given there's an on ride video as well.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 11:28 AM

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Friday, September 6, 2019 11:32 AM

I once did this with my hotel lanyard on Hulk. This is more impressive though.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 1:19 PM

I'm not sure I'd use the word "hero".

This person probably won't have learned their lesson about not having loose objects on board, whereas a smashed phone might just have done that...

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Friday, September 6, 2019 1:39 PM

Not all heroes wear capes.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 1:44 PM

Spiderman, for example.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 3:45 PM

Richard Bannister said:

I'm not sure I'd use the word "hero".

This person probably won't have learned their lesson about not having loose objects on board, whereas a smashed phone might just have done that...

I lost my hat on first drop of Loch Ness. Despite the girl behind me catching it and returning it to me after the ride, I learned to not wear a hat on a roller coaster.

Last edited by Vater, Friday, September 6, 2019 3:46 PM
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Friday, September 6, 2019 4:44 PM

What if the hero showed the guy that he caught his phone and then proceeded to smash it on the ground right in front of him? I mean, if it wasn't for him, the phone would've been destroyed anyway. From a utilitarian perspective, he would be just as morally culpable for choosing not to catch the phone as he would be for catching it and then deliberately destroying it.

Discuss.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 6:35 PM

If our Hero chose to not catch the phone he’s ok. No one would ever really know how or if that actually happened. If he tried and missed, then that’s ok too. An attempt was made and the forces of nature took over anyway. If he catches it then smashes it in front of the owner- well, that deserves an ass-kicking.

And there’s your difference.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 8:00 PM

If I would have caught the phone, I wouldn't tell them and just have a whole lot of fun with the camera and his contacts.

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Friday, September 6, 2019 10:59 PM

Bakeman31092 said:

What if the hero showed the guy that he caught his phone and then proceeded to smash it on the ground right in front of him?

Discuss.

I wasn’t aware we were dealing with Conor McGregor here...

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:20 AM

Vater said:

I lost my hat on first drop of Loch Ness. Despite the girl behind me catching it and returning it to me after the ride, I learned to not wear a hat on a roller coaster.

Ha! Used to wear a ball cap backwards and learned the same lesson on Loch Ness just after the first drop on the uphill before the turn, no one caught it. Assumed it was lost but later in the day noticed it was on the grass behind a fence with a gate under the turn.

There was some sort of kiddie flat ride close by and I asked the ride op if there was any way to get my hat back. She had a key to the gate and went in and got it. Hat saved lesson learned.

She didn't bat an eye about it and it's odd that a kiddie ride op would have a fence gate key, suppose it was a common area for things to fly off.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:28 AM

Person who lost his/her phone had no reason to expect anyone would catch the phone. Odds against it are huge. Tons of variables against it. So once the phone left owner's charge, expectation was its destroyed. So called hero intervened and saved other people from potential harm of phone on the loose. Which is a good thing. Had the hero smashed the phone on the ground when he got off the ride, society was still benefited and owner was in the same place as expected when losing the phone. So nothing to complain about from the owner. LOL

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Saturday, September 7, 2019 3:26 PM

My brother caught a pair of keys mid-air on Magnum XL200. Lady was surprised the keys had come loose and was very pleased when they were returned to her. I would rather do the right thing than discarding someone else's property, thus becoming an arse.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 2:00 PM

But if someone catches your keys and proceeds to spike them into the ground after getting off the ride, you can just pick them up, say whatever and be on your way.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 2:30 PM

My car doesn't use the physical key to start, so I'd do more than say "whatever" in that situation.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019 6:22 PM

Ah typical media, stock photo is an Intamin-something while the ride itself is obviously Shambhala.

I've never seen an onride video on a B&M Hyper like that, where would the cameras be, especially with the "stadium" trains?

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Monday, September 9, 2019 12:46 PM

I once called my parents as a joke from the lift of Roar at SFA and left a voicemail that lasted the entire ride. That was about 20 years ago. Funny how times change...now people are vilified and berated if something accidentally falls out of their pocket. Hell, even the dude who catches said phone is criticized.

Last edited by Vater, Monday, September 9, 2019 12:49 PM
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Monday, September 9, 2019 1:51 PM

According to this interview, the guy who caught the phone later lost his Apple Watch on a ride.

Vengeance of the coaster gods upset at the lost technology sacrifice from the ride in the video. Had he let the phone fall to the ground or smashed it into the ground when he got off the ride, maybe the coaster gods would not have punished him for the intervention and spared the sacrifice of his watch. LOL

I am not vilifying or criticizing anyone. My posts have been in jest responding to Bakeman's post. Though ultimately not all "accidental" drops are equal. In the interview, the guy who caught the phone indicates that he saw someone sitting a couple rows in front of him on the train "drop" his phone. May have dropped out of his pocket. May have dropped out of his hand while he was recording the ride. I would have a lot more sympathy if it were the former over the latter. Not sure which one it is. Though in the interview its noted that the owner of the phone had just gotten it back a couple days earlier from getting fixed after dropping it while walking. Looks like in the video he got a case for it so maybe he learned something.

And no doubt times do change. Things that were normal, acceptable, laughed at, etc. 10, 20, 30 or 40 years or more ago are viewed today as being stupid, dangerous, etc. Nothing really new there. And 20 years ago, phones weren't the extensions of so many people's beings as they are today so the potential problems are magnified (plus there is just a lot more experience with phones being dropped in a whole host of circumstances). I have a picture that I took (with a 35mm film camera sometime in the early to mid 80s) cresting the top of the Beast's first hill (looking down into the first tunnel). I didn't hide the camera under my shirt; was wearing it over my shoulder. They didn't stop the lift when I took the camera out on the first hill. I wouldn't be able to get on the ride with it or use it on the lift today. Times do change.

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Monday, September 9, 2019 1:56 PM

I guess I should clarify that I didn’t mean for my post to be taken seriously at all.

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