Six Flags gets into hair cuts

Posted Thursday, March 19, 2009 11:52 AM | Contributed by Chitown

Widely known for its a primary role as the operator of regional theme parks — including Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass. — the company is branching out. On Saturday, Six Flags is marking the grand opening in West Hartford’s Blue Back Square of the prototype of what it intends to become a national chain of “Six Flags Rollercoaster Cuts,” — something the company describes as a “children’s boutique and hair salon offering a multi-sensory haircutting experience for kids of all ages.”

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Sunday, March 22, 2009 5:22 PM
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LostKause said:
Or maybe it wont catch on...

Or maybe it already has... :)


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Sunday, March 22, 2009 11:03 PM
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Well, it's the very first time that I've ever heard of pay-to-cut at the movie theater. Is this the norm in other areas?

I usually plan ahead and get to the theater a half-hour before the flick starts. If something like this catches on, I will have to stand outside the theater with my ticket and wait for those who choose to pay double what I paid for my ticket? It's demeaning, just like Q-bot. It further separates those who have a lot of money to spare and those who don't.

Screwing customers may have somehow become acceptable at certain theme park chains, but as far as movie theaters go, I really don't think that patrons would let it happen. I live between two huge cities, and there are around 4 or 5 within driving distance from my house, and a handful of discount theaters too. There is more competition as far as movie theaters go, and the theater that doesn't screw their customers will probably get a better turnout.

And why would you be so happy about it, Gonch? Don't you know that it just makes you seem heartless?

On topic, it looks like SF isn't trying to be everyone's favorite salon. They want a certain type of customer. I really don't like it at all and would never pay so much for a ahir cut. My salon charges $12, and I almost always tip another $5. Like theme parks, hair salons should set out to attract everyone.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009 11:30 PM
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You can skip lines at airports and football games for a fee with FLO and Clear. (article on the subject)


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Monday, March 23, 2009 12:21 AM
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Thanks for the article.

"Are you a frequent McDonald's eater frustrated by infrequentfast-food eaters who hold up the line by not knowing their Value Mealnumbers?

A daily Whole Foods shopper who hates those who don't know how much their ginger-squash soup is per pound?

A regular lottery player frustrated by noobs who dilly-dally over which scratch-off tickets to buy?

A coffee snob annoyed by people who order low-fat mocha freezes at Starbucks?"
It's great that we can solve the problems of those "snob"s who are "frustrated", "hate"ful, and "annoyed". Sounds like this writer's perspective is that businesses may be willing to cater to those who are not happy in their everyday lives, and need someone to treat them extra special. Stroking the ego will only help make people like that feel better for a short time, and so they need to purchase the upgraded service more and more in order to feel like they matter to the world...and that's a good thing for the businessess. Meanwhile, people who don't need such a boost in their ego will start to get "annoyed" and "frustrated" by the very "snobs" who are taking their seats and cutting in frony of them.

Then everyone can be annoyed and frustrated. Sounds exciting! I can't wait for this to catch on in every area of our life.

HAHAHA.

I honestly don't see it catching on as drastically as this guys toungue-in-cheek article suggests. If it does, there will always be business (like Cedar Fair in the amusement industry, for example) who will take a stand firmly against it and offering an alturnative to being treated that way.

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Monday, March 23, 2009 12:29 AM
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I think you're forgetting Cedar Point tried it. But their silly handstamps were a joke.

Wait until someone who understands technology is in charge over there. ;)

Not sure how it got to this subject again in a friggin' hair salon thread...


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Monday, March 23, 2009 12:38 AM
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Me neither. We should stop. lol. P18 started it.

I didn't forget. Perhaps CP received a few complaints?

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Monday, March 23, 2009 9:56 AM

Heck, if you want to get technical EZ-Pass has been doing it for years. I live in Ohio(which is FINALLY getting it in October) but purchased EZ-Pass through PA years ago just to avoid waiting at all the toll booths between Cleveland and Ocean City, MD. Nothing like driving by the people stuck in the toll booth back up that were doing 90MPH because they HAD to get ahead of you.

Well worth the upcharge too, $3.00 per year. I think NJ charges like $25.00 or something.


You have disturbed the forbidden temple, now-you-will-pay!!!

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Monday, March 23, 2009 3:03 PM
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Shhhh! You guys are ruining the illusions that life is fair and that there's no value in paying more for something.

Heartless bastards!


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Monday, March 23, 2009 7:52 PM
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Gonch, EZ-pass doesn't take anything away from people who don't use it.


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Monday, March 23, 2009 8:09 PM

^Actually it does, that "discount" youve gotten in most states, that used to be the price everyone payed. However, that EzPass stuff is expensive, and they had to pay for it somehow so up went the tolls for non EzPass people, at least that is exactly what happened in Illinois and Indiana.

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Monday, March 23, 2009 8:45 PM
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LostKause said:
Gonch, EZ-pass doesn't take anything away from people who don't use it.

Sure it does.

Those extra lanes used for EZ-pass could be used for 'normal' cars, making all the lines shorter.

Because those people pay more for a more convenient experience, everyone else now has to wait longer than necessary.

In fact, it feels an awful lot like VQing. Available capacity being given with preference to those who pay. And what's worse is that at least with Q-bot, if no one is using it, then the 'normal' folks can use that capacity. Not so with EZ pass, it's just wasted if no 'premium' users are available.

(and then you also can't ignore Touchdown's valid point)


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Monday, March 23, 2009 9:41 PM
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SunPass (for me, EZ-Pass for you all, whatever) drastically reduces the time and gas that was previously WASTED waiting to pay tolls. It's as if the Six Flags Haircutters had chairs waiting for "FastCutt" patrons, but that no one availed themselves of the service. Those chairs would have gone to waste. The only way EZPass reduces capacity is if there were lanes previously manned by tollbooth operators that are now ONLY valid for EZPass patrons. (Can't speak for other states, but in FL there were ALWAYS booths unmanned that are now "taking tolls" electronically). Now they're sitting there waiting for me to blow thru at 25-30mph (or even 60-70 at certain places in Orlando). I save time AND money at no cost to anyone else....that's completely different than trading my money FOR additional time that I'm taking from others who are waiting. (And I didn't even have to wake up early to buy a SunPass). Just throwing some random crap out there... :)


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Monday, March 23, 2009 11:17 PM
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rollergator said:
The only way EZPass reduces capacity is if there were lanes previously manned by tollbooth operators that are now ONLY valid for EZPass patrons.

Which was my point, smart ass. ;)

I'm sorry the roads you travel on don't operate to capacity. Probably a scam to sell more SunPasses. :)


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Monday, March 23, 2009 11:21 PM
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^I was SO sold, I bought one at $20. Now they're down to $5 for the "minis", and they give discounts on some tolls. All this to reduce pollution and wait times. Technology that helps all of us live better - revolutionary! Seriously, every single time I see a line of people waiting to pay a toll, and then see them advertised for $5 at every turnpike plaza, I wonder why out-of-staters don't pick one up.

P.S. I still wanted a comment on "FastCutt", BTW... ;)

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Monday, March 23, 2009 11:35 PM

And some of us get our passes from Illinois, and only pay a deposit (which should I ever want to get rid of it is refundable) and never pay another fee again.

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Monday, March 23, 2009 11:38 PM
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rollergator said:
All this to reduce pollution and wait times.

They'd probably sell more if they sold it as a time saver.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:31 AM

LostKause said:
Me neither. We should stop. lol. P18 started it.

I didn't forget. Perhaps CP received a few complaints?

yipes, my apologies. the whole unemployment thing is sorta getting to me I guess.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 4:39 PM
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LostKause said:
Like theme parks, hair salons should set out to attract everyone.

Why when it's more profitable to target a certain segment of the population? In fact, I'd be pretty surprised if you could show me any business that doesn't target a certain cross section of the population.


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:44 PM
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I'm usually good at finding the words, but this time i can't figure how to express my point.

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You know, I want to change gears here. I just looked at the prices of this place and I really don't think that $20 is too much for a haircut. $30 - $45 for a shampoo, haircut, costume, photo, and toys is not too much. I changed my mind on this. I think that it's cute.

People spend a lot of money to make their brat-err I mean children happy. I see no problem with it.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:21 PM
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LostKause said in this thread:
People spend a lot of money to make their brat-err I mean children happy.

LostKause said in another current thread:
Fifty cents more is not a lot of money, unless you are washing down 10 or so beers per visit ($5 more).

If five bucks is 'a lot of money' to you and anyone spending 'a lot of money' one thier children is raising a brat...

...well, let's just say you're in for a rude awakening on the cost of living with a family these days. Stay single, my man, stay single.


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