New low for Six Flags

Sunday, March 30, 2003 8:37 PM
I went to SFMW today, and while I expect some situations to occur at a Six Flags park, such as exorbitant prices, long lines, closed attractions, and unmotivated workers, I was astonished at what happened to me today.

I ordered a $7 wrap sandwich and asked for a cup of water. The emloyee informed me that they don't have cups for water. I said, "can't you take one of those cups (gesturing toward the stacks of paper cups) and put tap water in it?" He said no, it would mess up the inventory. Then, I said, "ok, I'll have a bottle of water" (for $3). He gave me the bottle and said when it is empty he could refill it with tap water. Give me a break!

I think this is the most unethical policy SF has come up with yet to get every cent out of our pockets. It used to be that they would give you a small cup of water, which just appeared cheap, but no water at all is ridiculous.

By the way, Hersheypark happily gives out very large cups of ice water to anyone who asks whether or not you buy food from that vendor or not. They even promote their free ice water policy in the park map/guide.

Sunday, March 30, 2003 8:42 PM
I never had a problem getting a cup of Ice water at SFGAm, but when I went to Michigans Adventure and asked they wouldn't give me any water. So its not just Six Flags it depends which park your at. Who knows they might have been low on cups or something and couldn't afford to give one to a non paying customer.

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Sunday, March 30, 2003 8:47 PM
SFMM is actually really nice with water. I've asked a lot of times for just a cup of water (all over the park) on EXTREMELY hot days (99+ degrees) and they've always given me it, for free, with free refills. The guy just must've been angry because he works at a food place in an amusement park, which is worse than any regular restaurant job.
Sunday, March 30, 2003 9:07 PM
I partially understand the employee not being allowed to use a regular cup because it would screw up inventory. I manage a movie theatre and the only cups we can give out for free for water or whatever are ridiculously small 8 oz cups (they once were 16, then 12, getting seemingly smaller). Giving away a regular selable cup would actually mean we would would lose money.

I work a United Artists Theatre, the UA company got bought out by Regal Entertainment Group making them the largest theatre chain in the world. There's your Six Flags parallel for ya.

The point is that all in all it is pretty stupid that a park can't supply any form of drink container for water without charging for it.

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Sunday, March 30, 2003 9:16 PM
Yeah, the inventory thing makes sense to me. All the money is to be accounted for at the end of the day. But still like 'go with gravity' said, they should supply some other sort of cup if they can't use normal drink cups.

I would certainly write a letter and let them know that this is a big deal and needs to be corrected.

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Sunday, March 30, 2003 9:20 PM
I can understand keeping inventory on cups, as it's common practice to make sure employee's are not giving away free drinks to people.

However, it doesn't appear to be a Six Flags policy, but rather one at this specific park, or specific vendor.

At SFGAm, I have gotten free water, in a large soda cup whenever I have asked, except once, and when confronted with the fact that I have gotten it before, was informed that they were an independent vendor and that even though the rest of the park gave it out, that they couldn't (don't know if it was true or not). But that was an isolated situation, and I have always gotten free water at SFGAm except that one time.

Complaining here will do you no good, by the way. Try complaining to guest services if you really want to see something done about it.

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Sunday, March 30, 2003 9:46 PM
I never have problem with water at SFFT


Sunday, March 30, 2003 10:00 PM
I work at a park in the food and beverage area, and I (and most people I know including supervisors) give water+ice away for free in whatever size the customer asks for. I go the extra step and give them empty cups if they wish to share the water with their kids. Even so, I've been served by people I don't know on my days off who have claimed that they 'Don't do it'. Its one of those things.

If a park doesn't do it, I'd make a complaint, more often then not they'll give it too you just to get you to go away. Thats what I do when a customer starts to complain :D

Sunday, March 30, 2003 10:08 PM
I usually just cup my hands and drink from the log ride.

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Sunday, March 30, 2003 10:14 PM
SICK! That water is disgusting!

I think you just got a hold of a disgruntled employee. Pretty much every park I have been to has been more than willing ot give out free ice water (SFOG included). To the best of my knowledge, the inventory thing is sort of flimsy. Maybe they were a vendor, those people are notoriously stingy about giving away stuff.
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Sunday, March 30, 2003 10:31 PM
A new low for SF?

Inventory on beverage cups is normal policy at alot of parks. This has nothing to do with SF at all. If you want to hop on the bandwagon of SF bashing, you need to find a better subject to ridicule them for.


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*** This post was edited by Chitown 3/31/2003 3:37:08 AM ***


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