Playland cracks down on seasonals

Posted Monday, August 29, 2005 8:30 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Playland Park is suspending or firing more of its summer workers than it has in recent years, sending home an average of one worker every other day for infractions that include using cell phones on the job, taking unauthorized breaks and skipping training sessions, park documents show.

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Monday, August 29, 2005 2:43 PM
Whats the rate of hiring there? seems like for them its an epidemic!
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Monday, August 29, 2005 2:48 PM
How is this different then any other park?
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Monday, August 29, 2005 2:49 PM
Rye's Playland is administered by Westchester County...that makes a HUGE difference! ;)
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Monday, August 29, 2005 6:35 PM
What the hell? Fired for minor violations? Rediculous.
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Monday, August 29, 2005 6:49 PM
Minor to you, major to the parent who's child is hurt because some op was talking on their cell and not paying attention like they should.
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Monday, August 29, 2005 8:30 PM
"Rediculous" is still not a word.

Many amusement park jobs involve serious safety issues. I don't see any room for screwing around. Safety is no accident.

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Monday, August 29, 2005 9:12 PM
While this may seem shocking, I see all of this stuff happen every day where I work.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:56 AM
I do too, and not just at amusement parks.

I remember seeing a ride op at SFA doing the same thing, talking on his cell phone while checking restraints. He was mumbling something about how he hated working there. That's always a nice thing that customers want to hear.

-Tina

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:32 AM
Agreed. The last time I was at CLP, the ops on the Blue Streak were reading while operating the brakes. Nice...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 1:39 PM
Funny, I was not aware that the ride ops at CLP were literate.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:07 PM
Some books have pictures.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:20 PM
Banning cell phone usage for ANY employee of ANY company would be nice. Nothing is worse than going into a store and dealing with an employee that is yapping away on their cell phone. What happened to etiquette?
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:43 PM
Kennywood is doing the same thing. Two of my friends recently got fired for just checking the time on their cell phones. Alot of parks let go of employees toward the end. One reason for this is because if they get fired now they lose their bonus pay for the entire season. Which saves the park money. I've seen certain supervisors from the park hiding out waiting for people to mess up. It's just something that happens every year.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:11 PM
Nobody should be talking ot their friends while operating a ride anyways. Also...what happened to the old fashioned wristband watch? lol.
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Thursday, September 1, 2005 1:29 PM
I understand that using cell phones on some jobs makes no sense. But in my field Nextels are a needed evil. But then again they are only used for business while at work. Off hours BS away.
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Friday, September 2, 2005 5:51 PM
I can understand the cell phone thing. The park is protecting themselves there. If something should happen, there'd be any number of witnesses willing to say that the ops were talking on cell phones and not paying attention to their jobs. Checking time or whatever, they're expected to pay 100% attention to whatever their assigned job is.
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