Does anyone know what ride this is? It appears to be a skyscraper.
It's kinda of funny until he starts to fall out..
Man, that strap on the left got thin on him. I thought he was going to choke big time.
Yeah, I bet it hurt. Makes ya wonder if the kids that die of weak hearts look like that before they pass.
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Would so many people find this funny if it were a skinny or average-sized kid? Heck, maybe being heavier is what helped him to stay in the restraints at all! As I mentioned in other posts, I was a skinny (but tall) kid, and had a lot of trouble when I was younger with sliding out of restraints. Of course, riding with a responsible adult might've helped...! :) I *just* told my mom about the incident with the Jack Rabbit when I was a kid (long story short-- rode it with my cousin and almost fell out because the seat belt wasn't tight enough and she made me ride on the outside) and now I think mom would like to thump 'cuz!
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I don't think that was his mom. He kept calling her by her name, that isn't normal for most kids. Not that it couldn't be his mother, because it could, just not likely.
The operators should've been trained enough to know whether the belts were secure enough around him. This does potentially show a huge flaw in the Skyscraper belt system and why the Zamperla etc. versions that use OTSRs are better.
The part I find really apalling is that someone (I'm guessing the kids parents) probably found it amusing enough to send it in to the t.v. show. You know, the video didn't get there by itself.
And I know the media are fairly stupid, but how hard is it to figure out that the ride isn't a roller coaster?
Intamin Fan is right, someone had to send that video in. If it was the parents, then I feel bad for the kid. It was probably the lady he was riding with, who I still don't think is a parent. She was probably trying to make a quick buck off this kids pain. Horrible.
This is different then some kid falling down on his ass in his backyard. This is a terrified kid who could have potentially been severely injured.
That being said, why are y'all jumping on the woman? Once the ride started (assuming it is indeed an ejector seat) there was nothing she could have done anyway. Screaming fearfully is almost to be expected so I'm sure she didnt think anything out of the ordinary. When the kid said "I'm falling", she did look over and grab at the kid. I'm sure she could tell that the kid was still safely secured.
I dont see anything on that video that leads me to believe that the kid was in danger. The fact is, he never came out of the restraints. So all this "He could have been killed" is sensational speculation.
And for all we know, the kid himself might have sent in the tape. Maybe he got a big laugh out of it later on. I know I screamed for my 'mommie' when I went skydiving, but I laugh about it now. Hell, after my first real rollercoaster ride, I sat in the train as it entered the station exclaiming "I'm alive!" (which those around found amusing). Also, I dont think the kid being fat was the funny part of the vid. If it had been a skinny child or even a regular-sized adult screaming like that it would have been just as funny.
As for the vid itself, I found it midly amusing. Not laugh out loud funny, but I definitely wasnt horrified like some of you all.
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I don't think any of us can say if the kid was in any danger, but it is reasonable to assume at that point that he was being secured entirely by the crotch strap. The upper body belts were not supporting his weight at all.
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Was it funny? I'm not sure. It wasn't funny to see the kid in a situation where he could have gotten hurt, but people screaming in fear on a ride IS usually funny, so I guess it depends on what "level" you're viewing it from???
This kid in the video: not funny from one end, disturbing from another because the ride op should have made the belts tighter, and from a third end, funny.
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You can clearly see that kid wasn't going anywhere. If you look close enough you can see that there was the a belt that went accross his lap, and between his legs, therefore, I found it to be funny. Just a terrified kid on an amusement ride.
The kid was obviously safe. My mom screams "it hurts" on coasters too, because she hates that butterfly sensation. This video is so great, lol...
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