Idiot on Medusa (SFGAdv)

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 3:54 AM
One night while waiting in line for the front seat on MF, some people entered the station with their little boy who was absolutely terrified. He was crying and would just freak out and cover his ears every time the train flew past the station. And rather than just exiting and passing on the ride, they were trying to talk him into riding it. They were there for several minutes. Thank God the ride ops would not let them force the little boy on. I still feel bad for him, in absolute fear every time a train went by.

I am sure after that experience, he will always have a fear of coasters.

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2003 Parks: Cedar Point, SFWOA, Kennywood, PKI, MIA, SFGAM, SFKK and HW.
Still deciding where to go in 2004.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 4:16 AM

Most of the people that go to Six Flags Great Adveture are JAck Asses! This is why I hate it being my home park. They have some great coasters but the people are just assholes.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 5:55 AM
After 3 seasons of running rides I'm not at all surprised to hear this. Parents think of the most far out bullsh*t story to tell just to try to get their kids on a ride. Trust its not fun to have a a father who is probably 6'5 280lbs pure muscle threaten to kick your butt if you dontlet his 38" daughter on a 48" ride. Then call me racist because i will let black childern ride(that were tall enough even height checked them in front of him) but wont let his white daughter ride when im white.....I asked him if he knew what racist meant and well that just pissed him off more, eventually i called security and the Geuaga County Deputies escorted him out f the park.

Thank god we put in actual 60" rulers this season instead of a regular measured out stick, a lot less people argued with the rulers.

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SFWoA TL 2003!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 6:29 AM
Good bit of psychology using the acutal rules rather than plain sticks.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 7:07 AM
I have seen more than my share of this over the last couple of years as a ride op. My favorites are the parents who offer to have their kids sit on their laps or 'hold on to them' during the inverted coaster ride. It is very sad when parents are willing to risk their kids lives for the sake of an inch or two. Kind of makes you wonder why the only job you don't have to be qualified for in America is parenting.

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"Every day is a bad day on Hollywood and Vine!"

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 8:24 AM
I have never understood parents forcing their kids to ride. I actually saw one mom call her young son a wimp because he wanted to get out of line. Its like its all about them placing what they want over what’s best for their kids. If you are that self centered, you shouldn’t have kids.

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Bob M.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 9:12 AM
hmm...

when i was a ride op i once had a guy put newspaper under his daughter's shoes and then wrapped the bottom of the shoes with duct tape to hold it all in...did she look ridiculous...

some people will stop at nothing to get a thrill!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 9:50 AM

Crashmando said:

Most of the people that go to Six Flags Great Adveture are JAck Asses! This is why I hate it being my home park. They have some great coasters but the people are just assholes.
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Ugh, and you frequent that park too, don't you? I rest my case!

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Lyrically, I'm supposed to represent
I'm not only a client, I'm the playa president!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 10:19 AM
Nope. I dont go to the park that much. I hate it. Its 45 mins from my house. I opt to take a 2 hour ride south to MD. Better park atmosphere. Sorry Pal!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 10:39 AM
SOunds alot like the ENTHUSIASSES who think the seat belt isn't needed on other coasters.

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never met a coaster I didn't ride (except Junior Geminii) :(

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 11:48 AM
thats rediculous, you should never force a child on a ride, especially try going around the system, even if the child isn't big enough, there is a reason for height restrictions and its to protect the safety of people.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:02 PM
I have two kids. My daughter just turned 5, and my son just turned three. We have three rules in our family:

1) If someone doesn't want to ride something, they don't have to. Period. There is no pressure.

2) Even if the kids want to ride something, if Mom or Dad decides they're not ready, then they're not riding. Period. There is no appeal.

3) If you aren't tall enough for a ride, you don't even think about getting in line. Even if the ride operator thinks my 45 7/8" daughter is 46", *I* know she's not.

We have yet to break rule #1, and that includes walking off the platform of Jr. Gemini with my son who decided at the last minute he didn't want to ride. I once ignored rule #2, and let my son ride something I was pretty sure he'd hate, and he hated it. I would never imagine breaking rule #3, since I presume to care more about my daughter's safety than some 19 year old in a summer job.


Its like its all about them placing what they want over what’s best for their kids.

And we wonder where kids learn to think of only themselves.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:04 PM
A lot of people dont realize that the maker of the ride sets heights not the parks. The parks are just evil and make everything to tall for their kids to ride and screw them over.

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SFWoA TL 2003!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:34 PM
Excuse the (censored) language.

In the station for American Eagle at SFGAm I saw a kid being "measured" (I hate the d*** red/green board!) and he was barely under the green. His "dad" thought that hair counted. <sarcasm> No! The f****** ride op was pushing down on his hair with his ID tag because hairs count! </sarcasm> The kid cries! Do I care? Absolutely not! Cry you d*** eyes out! The GP boos. And? The ride op doesn't give in. More power to him! The dad yells. Can you keep it down? They're escorted out. The GP boos more. Shut up!

Tears solve nothing.

And if your kid's to small, get on with your live. "Measure" the kid before you go in. And if you don't and they're too small, it's your d*** fault.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:50 PM
Just more reason for ALL parks to go to a standard of measure the kid *upon entry* to the park, and wristband/stamp them then. Ops look for the appropriate color wristband, and don't have to STOP the ride loading/unloading to measure a kid who shouldn't have been in line in the first place....

Personally, I almost always blame the parents for poor decision-making, which results in THEIR kid crying....I've never seen an op cry when a kid was too short to ride. ;)
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We're whalers on the moon, we carry a harpoon, but there ain't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing a whaling tune...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 12:54 PM
Absolutely. Don't let any kids of questionable height on a ride w/o a wristband.
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 1:00 PM
'gator: I've found the measre-at-entrance technique that CP uses to be not horrible. It doesn't block the line for anyone but the to-be-measured party. It doest cost one extra staff member, and that might be why many parks don't do it.

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http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~bnoble/

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 1:06 PM
A friend of mine and I went to SFGAm this summer and he's, well, short. Four and a half feet short. With normal gym shoes on, he measured just over 53" (Looks funny when we stand next to each other with me being 77"). At 17 years old, he was told that he couldn't ride Batman because of his height, but due to his build and obvious age, he got away with riding everything else that had the requirement.

What do you guys think about "short" people being allowed to ride? Should the same height rules be put into place, or is it okay to bend them somewhat under certain circumstances?

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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 1:13 PM
From what I've seen round here, the height restrictions are mostly intended for actual height, regardless of age - restraints might not work on people who are physically smaller.


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Tuesday, October 7, 2003 2:02 PM
Somewhat off topic but still fairly appropriate. Went and saw the matrxi reloaded four times and at all four showings someone brought in a llittle kid including the first showing at ten at night on a weeknight.

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I hope they kill that iron yuppie. Thinks he's so big. The great homer simspon

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