NO LOOSE ARTICLES

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:38 PM
Was at Cedar Point this past weekend, and on Saturday the 20th, a girl got injured on Power Tower, because someone dropped their cell phone while they were on the ride. (could have been hers) and it gashed her forehead open, and the one gondola had to be shut down, and all of the blood cleaned up. DO NOT TAKE LOOSE OBJECTS ON THIS OR ANY OTHER RIDE!!!! Lucky it didn't hurt someone worse!!!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:49 PM
And you post this on a site full of people who frequently attend amusement parks, why?

Do you think we don't know this? We have to hear the safety announcements before every ride at the park, is it really necessary to repeat them here?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:54 PM
Just a reminder....people do stupid stuff....like try to take a skyline pic with their camera phone....
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 7:56 PM
Another accident caused by stupidity...gee that's hard to imagine. The only "loose articles" I ever have with me are my protective glasses, strapped to my head, and my keys which are always in my pants pocket...doh!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:15 PM
"Back in the Days of Yore" When you could take just about anything you wanted on a Ride I would (Naturally) Take my Camera on Board and Get Pictures and even record thw Ride with my Super * Movie Camera!

Then one day I was at Playland in Vancouver and I was taking Pictures on the COASTER when the Camera was wrenched from me by the force of this ride! When the train got back to the station I feared for the worst (It was a $350.00 Camera) but then I found out someone at the back of the Train actually Caught the Camera! This person handed me back the camera and declined my offer to buy lunch. I then realised that Camera could have easily Hurt Someone! From that day forward I decided to never take a camera on a ride.

Nowadays cameras are prohibited on rides at most parks, I don't blame them!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:23 PM
Ha. You think a phone hitting the girl in the head is bad.

A few years back, a girl received a concussion and had to be rushed to the hospital after a handheld digital camcorder fell from 252 feet from atop of Supreme Scream (Knott's gigantic 312-foot S&S tower) and struck her right in the head as she was queing for the next cycle.

Now, all Supreme Scream operators and hosts are required to "watch" the ride carriages for the duration of the cycle in the event somebody sneaks a camera or any loose article on the ride, and take it out as the carriage climbs the tower.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 8:30 PM
There were a few times when I worked at Cedar Point last year (on the go karts under the magnum lift hill, and the return run) where I would get hit with phones, keys, MONEY!!, cameras, and many other items.

They issue hard hats to the Magnum Ride OP's when they have to go in the area that is under Magnum, but they don't do anything for the ride op who has to work there for an hour or more.

OK, OK, the location we are supposed to stand is technically under the tunnel so I guess they figure that is protection enough, but there was more than once that I got hit with falling screws from the tunnel :) *** Edited 5/24/2006 12:35:31 AM UTC by Morté615***

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 9:40 PM
My favorite is the one park I went to that had a "wall of shame" with broken cell phones posted on a board from riders who had dropped them.

The coasters themselves are not nearly as dangerous as the people riding them.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:04 PM
A camera came *thisclose* to hitting me after bring dropped from the top of Raptor's lift, slamming into the cement about a foot from me. Scared the 'carp' outta me!
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:06 PM

Mamoosh said:
Scared the 'carp' outta me!

Oh the jokes I would make if this were a less family friendly board!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 10:14 PM
Of course bringing loose articles onto rides isnt a smart idea, and I am one to always leave the loose ones behind.

However, I disagree with a cell phone really being considered a loose article. Safely secured in a cargo pocket, as I do, is perfectly fine and I have never had a problem. Maybe it slipped out of the person's pocket, an accident that occurs quite frequently and has probably happened to plenty of people here.

Most people do not leave their cell phones behind in the station. I think thats a pretty solid statement.

Jumping to the conclusion that this person was stupid is pretty hasty, especially without knowing the details. Of course, if it was out for the purpose of taking a picture, then they are really dumb, but who knows?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 11:22 PM
So now I know why they wear hardhats at Dorney Park. There was a sign the other day at Batwing at SFA that said that no lost articles would be searched for. I don't know how serious they are about the sign, but it's only $.50 to rent a locker. I'd rather pay $.50 (which I did since I wasn't wearing cargo pants) then be told that my wallet/camera/cellphone will not be returned to me. Just think of the money they'll save by not having to pay ride ops extra time searching for lost items out in a dark field at the end of the night.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 11:38 PM
You could get someone to call you and just follow the ringtone. :)
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 11:54 PM
Seems to always happen at Cedar Point. I got smacked in the eye with a park map someone let loose about two years ago on Magnum. Hurt like all hell, seriously.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:03 AM
^^ You might find at least one piece of your phone that way... ;)
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 1:07 AM
Another reason to ride in the Front Seat!
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:02 AM

Kenmei said:
Seems to always happen at Cedar Point. I got smacked in the eye with a park map someone let loose about two years ago on Magnum. Hurt like all hell, seriously.

This is the one loose item Ive lost on occasion, including CP (but it was on Raptor,) I dont know how it came out of my pocket but that seems to happen to me quite a bit if it is the only thing in that pocket.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 7:58 AM
One time at Hersheypark, I caught money that had floated down from someone riding Storm Runner, when I was standing right by the Pirat (it's on the other side of the top hat). True story.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 8:37 AM

coasterb said:
Another reason to ride in the Front Seat!

A lesson well learned ;) Actually it wouldn't have been so bad but they weren't filling the mid sections of the train, just the front and back. Damn my need for whipping-over-the-hills-airtime in the back seat ;)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006 9:37 AM

Impulse-ive said:
And you post this on a site full of people who frequently attend amusement parks, why?

Do you think we don't know this? We have to hear the safety announcements before every ride at the park, is it really necessary to repeat them here?


Unfortunately there are enthusiast that don't take the rule serious enough. :(

Are we that strapped to a cell phone that we can't leave it in the car for a few hours while at an amusement park? I realize there are circumstances that might necessitate carrying one. But what did everyone do 20 years ago with the blasted things.

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