Six Flags Marine World sued over elephant riding incident

Posted Friday, September 17, 2004 8:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A woman claiming she broke her foot on an elephant's saddle filed a lawsuit this week against Six Flags Marine World. She said the park was negligent for not telling her about the dangers of riding the elephant.

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Friday, September 17, 2004 9:39 AM
Wouldn't any person with some semblance of intelligence realize that there is inherit danger riding any animal. This isnt rocket science here. People get hurt riding horses all the time. Look at actor Christopher Reeves as an example. I personally admire him for how he is handling himself after his accident. Isn't it painstakingly obvious you can get hurt riding an elephant that may outweigh a car in some cases if one can get hurt riding a horse? I certainly don't need a sign to tell me or some idiot park employee who probably can hardly speak english to tell me I might get hurt. I know I might get hurt riding a coaster. I dont need a sign to tell me that. I guess I am not that stupid to have to need a sign to tell me the dangers involved in any activity I do.

EDIT (addendum):
I do feel horrible that she got hurt. I wish for a speedy recovery.
*** This post was edited by beast7369 9/17/2004 9:41:05 AM ***

Friday, September 17, 2004 10:08 AM
A broken foot sure is expensive nowadays...
Friday, September 17, 2004 11:26 AM
But the thing is, she didn't get hurt due to any injury riding on the elephant, she got hurt getting on it, due to her own stupidity, whacking her foot against a metal bar. This wasn't the elephant's fault, she was in no danger, the park is not at fault (then again they could have said "watch out for the metal bar there"), rather, it is her own stupidity that does her in...and then she claims that they didn't warn her of the "hazards of elephant riding"...what a huge load of b.s.!
Friday, September 17, 2004 12:09 PM
Man people would sue anyone for money these days. $25,000 is Way too much for a broken foot.
*** This post was edited by CoasterCrazyBrutha 9/17/2004 12:11:34 PM ***
Friday, September 17, 2004 12:09 PM
I don't know. I don't think they should offer elephant rides. Then again, by that thinking I'd have to extend that to horses and donkeys so whatever.

I'm all for the right to sue, but we hear a lot about folks who don't take responsibility for themselves. Keep in mind, though, that stories about people who do take responsibility for themselves arer not nearly as exciting and don't sell ad space the way stories that make us feel indignant do.

Friday, September 17, 2004 12:25 PM
New sign to be implimented at all themeparks:

You are about to enter a hazardous area. This themepark includes, but is not limited to, the following items that may cause mild, moderate, or severe injury, including but not limited to, death: sidewalks, buildings, rooftops, metal poles and/or rails, wood posts, and any and all bulding materials. Other materials that also may induce injury are concrete, blacktop, wood, various forms of metal, plastic, brick, rock, paper (careful with those park maps!), rubber, glass, vinyl, sintra, acrylic, and various fabrics. You may also be injured or emotionally damaged by park guests and employees, including but not limited to those wearing Tigger or Goofy costumes, staff, corporate officers, animals, or any other wildlife that may or may not be owned by the park, either on the ground or in the air, from age 0 to infinate years old In addition to birds, insects, and other airborne items, including but not limited to the fecal matter of animals or people overhead. The airspace above this park is not restricted which may result in airplanes, helicopters, or other objects flying overhead, as well as natural elements such as rain, sleet, snow, hail, wind, and lightning, as well as pollution. At no point are any guests permitted to attempt contact with any of these elements. Many objects that appear airborne but are actually attached to the ground are known as 'rides,' and should be viewed and treated as all other airborne hazards. This park also contains various landscaping elements, including but not limited to trees, bushes, grass, water, flowers, and other natural elements. Any or all items found within this park may cause injury or death by touching, viewing, hearing, smelling, or tasting and once should proceed with caution before taking part in any of these activities. Walking past this sign, which is also a hazard and may cause injury or death, represents your acceptance of these inherant risks, and states that you will not file a lawsuit, you money grubbing jerkoff. If you reject these terms, please proceed to the park exit, you paranoid moron.

Friday, September 17, 2004 12:30 PM
^ Huh. My username disappeared. I'm suing. CoasterBuzz is negligent for not informing me that there may be errors which result in the loss of credit for any given post. Thus, resulting in others not being able to tell me how cool I am. ;)
Friday, September 17, 2004 1:26 PM
I hate our sue happy people in this country! GRRRRR I could see if the elephant went on a rampage or something. But come on she kicked the bar her self. So if you wack your knee on the Q line cause your goofing around do you have the right to sue? I think we should all go trip on the side walk in front of her house and sue her.
Friday, September 17, 2004 2:24 PM
Danimales that is the funniest thing I've read in a while!
Friday, September 17, 2004 2:45 PM
What...that he actually thinks that we think he's cool? Yea, that _is_ pretty funny... ;)
Friday, September 17, 2004 3:01 PM
^ HA! Touché!
Friday, September 17, 2004 3:05 PM
I don't know Redman...there's so much truth laden in Danimals post, it's scary. More and more, it's the way our society is heading!!

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Friday, September 17, 2004 3:25 PM
Shhh...Don't go agreeing with will only egg him on... ;)
Friday, September 17, 2004 3:47 PM
Again, your idea of where society is heading is spoon-fed to you by people who's only drive is to sell advertisement.

Ask yourself honestly, the people that you actually meet instead of read about, are they sue-happy? People in your family? Friends? I personally don't know any. I don't buy this crud about society going down the tubes.

I'm sure a lot of companies would love us to throw out our right to sue them. Yah, companies don't need to be babysat...they all have our best interests in mind. I completely trust them.


Friday, September 17, 2004 3:48 PM
Danimales wins for "Warning of the Week."
Friday, September 17, 2004 3:55 PM
And that differs from the ride safety signs at the entrances to all the rides at Cedar Point in what way??

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 11:59 AM
I love elephants thyey are veeeeeeeeeery cuddly lol who owned the damn elephant they should be responsible not SFMW

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