The "idiocy" of people and park picnic grills?

Sunday, June 9, 2002 12:07 PM

The situation that we were in was rather funny. It was the day of Coastermania. Thinking the food wasn’t going to be up to our expectations because of the previous year, we decided to bring some of our own food and grill out in the public picnic grounds at the park. We walk over to a grill, set our stuff down and get ready. We notice that there is already charcoal in a grill, NO ONE is around at all, and so we decided to light it after about 15 MINUTES of just resting, drinking some pop. As we get the grill light, we start to prepare to cook. Four people come up and ask us if we’re using the grill. We all nod yes. They then tell us that it is THEIR OWN grill, since they have put the charcoal at 10:00 AM this morning.

I thought Cedar Point’s grills were not able to be reserved. Seems like these people were really pissed off, even though they had a whole bag of charcoal, OR we would have gladly gave our new bag to them. We even offered. But, no, they said they HAD to use that same grill we were using. They couldn’t even let us hurry and cook our little three pieces of chicken. Give me a break!

After this short argument with these people, we decided to leave and head over to the other picnic grills on the other side of the main gate. At least there were no Mayflies over there. 10 minutes later, the Cedar Point Police come up to us, and ask us what’s going on. We calmly explain the whole situation and the cop even agreed that you couldn’t reserve a picnic grill. Anyways, what is with the people who visit amusement parks these days? Are some of these people truly ignorant to common sense? Common sense would tell you that you couldn’t reserve a grill at 10AM, ride some coasters, and expect your charcoal to still be there unused.

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*** This post was edited by Mr. Villain on 6/9/2002. ***

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 12:31 PM
*just shakes head disgustingly* :-(

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 2:19 PM

I've got news for you. We said it thirty years ago.
The GP locks their brains in the trunk once they park the car. Ask anyone who has worked in a park.

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 5:43 PM

Sounds like the lady that told me at Great Adventure today that her husband was saving her place in line. This was as she was line jumping of course. Some people just don't get it...

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Sunday, June 9, 2002 5:50 PM
Well Mr. Villian, you shouldn't have taken my grill! Just joking, some people think they they are above the rules. We have them so we can point and laugh at them, when they are caught. But for when they aren't caught its upsetting.
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Sunday, June 9, 2002 6:24 PM

What "Jugheads"....The people who thought they could put their charcoal in at 10:00 of course......Not you Mr. Villain.

It's people like these that make the trips to Holiday World and Knoebels so great. CP is my home park though.

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Monday, June 10, 2002 6:03 AM

Reminds me of what happened to me at the grocery store last week.

Huge sale on soda. I'm holding four (4) 12-packs of Mello Yello in my arms. My wife is holding two (2) 24-packs of Diet Pepsi. It's all quite heavy. We're next in line for the self-scan machine.

Then some guy walks up with a box of Ziploc bags and says, "Can I go in front of you? This is all I have"

Keep in mind that we had been in line for more than 5 minutes, and there were at least 2 people behind us.

At any rate, before I could say, "No, you idiot," the person in front of me got done, and he just moved on in. Then, his two kids walked up with a few more products to check out.

Then of course, he couldn't get his dollar bill to fit into the machine, so the friendly cashier, who had seen the whole thing, came over to help him. I hate people sometimes.

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Monday, June 10, 2002 9:37 AM

lol Den, I work at a grocery store and you'd be surprised how many people try to come through the express lane with FULL carts because the other lines are "too long." Kinda defeats the purpose of an express lane...

Anyways, part of going to a park is dealing with other guests. Most people only go to a park at most once a year, so I almost expect some clueless guests at a park.

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Monday, June 10, 2002 10:06 AM

I wouldn't of switched grills. I would have just told them that grills can't be reserved and then called the CP Police if they didn't move on. No way would I have given in to those jerks, watching them fume would have been fun.

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Monday, June 10, 2002 10:22 AM

Say no, and keep saying no. CP Police is a VERY fair and friendly organization, these guys will do what's right every time. Props to them, from those of us who have had drunken guests in the queues and irate line jumpers that won't leave the line after being caught.

"Take red 1 and 2."

5 seconds later...

"No, that's not red. That's green. And those aren't 1 and 2, those are 4 and 5."

"Well, the numbers don't really matter, so we'll stay here"

*SMACK*

Let me tell you what matters, you punk...what matters is, I'm trained, you're not. Move it. LOL

My little rant on the high intelligence of PT-U/D guests.

Alan--PTC02

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Monday, June 10, 2002 10:46 AM
Maybe it's just me, but I think that they *did* have a case. Sure, they were jerks for the way (you say) they handled the situation, but really "Didya think CP just supplies charcoal for its customers?" I would *think* the average person would see the stuff in the grill and move on to another one. Was there not another one open?

While CP may say that the grills cannot be "reserved" I'd think that they could be "squatted". What, am I the ONLY person who has ever put jackets on chairs as a symbol that someone *would* be sitting there even though they are not currently present? Though *usually* someone stays there to watch the stuff, there have been occassions where stuff was left unattended. The presence of "stuff" is usually enough.

But I guess all of y'al would have tossed our ish aside even though we were there "first"...
lata,
jeremy
--'Twan, you're so testy.....

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Monday, June 10, 2002 10:51 AM
Leaving "stuff" unattended is not a responsible thing to do, even if you were there first. You might as well put a "steal me" sign on it. If they wanted the grill that badly, they should have had a person from their group stay there with it. Charcoal can't talk, ya know?

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Monday, June 10, 2002 10:58 AM
Isn't leaving charcoal in a grill and "saving" it the same as leaving a friend in a queue and "saving" your spot? Both are irresponsible and lazy, they cheat other park guests, and should not be done.

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Monday, June 10, 2002 11:00 AM
Yeah, but even if I am so "Stupid" as to leave my "stuff" unattended, that gives no one else the "right" to steal it. Conversely, if I "catch" the people in the act of 'stealing' it, you're darn tootin I'm going to be a bit "miffed".

What if they had a sign on it? hehehehe
lata,
jeremy
--Who'd likely be deemed "irresponsible" for leaving his Jaguar unlocked all the time (even though there is a perfectly logical reason for doing so)

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Monday, June 10, 2002 1:10 PM

2Hostyl said:
--'Twan, you're so testy....."

I try....I try
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Monday, June 10, 2002 1:24 PM
Some just don't get the picture. If people reserve the grills and there are only a few grills, how can everyone be able to eat when they want to. You had the right to stay and cook your meal, but it shows that you are the better person for finding a different grill. As for the soda pop guy, next time you purchase that much pop, get a cart.
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Monday, June 10, 2002 1:29 PM

John Ball -

FYI, the store was so packed, there were no carts or baskets available. That's why we were carrying it. And the store being that packed just made it all the worse that somebody cut in front of me.

Besides, even if I'd just had a single-serving bag of Cheez Puffs, he had no right to do that. Why can't he wait like everyone else? Do people like that think they're too good to wait?

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Monday, June 10, 2002 1:45 PM
We once left a note on a grill so they would know it's someone's already. :) It was used afterwards, as I knew it would so we just got another one, no biggie. Why would anyone get mad for getting their grill raided anyway?

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Monday, June 10, 2002 2:38 PM
Sorry Den, It just seemed funny to have that much pop and no cart. I never even had anyone ask to cut in line, let alone do it. I have offered to let others in front of me and others have let me in front of them, but never asked like that. That was rude. Sorry about the pop joke.

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*** This post was edited by John Ball on 6/10/2002. ***

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Monday, June 10, 2002 3:43 PM
Jeremy, although my post was making a comment about "stuff," it was not necessarily directed at your comment. Since you mentioned it... of course leaving unattended items does not give anyone the right to steal them. But a person certianly makes the act of stealing A LOT easier. Then again, there's always the "finders-keepers-losers-weepers" rule.

What if someone forgets to set the parking brake when they park on an incline? When they come back to see that their vehicle has coasted down the hill and crashed, they will be most definately be "miffed." But who is to be miffed at... gravity? No, they should be miffed at themselves for forgetting to set the brake.

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*** This post was edited by Soggy on 6/10/2002. ***

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