The view from Millennium Force

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:16 PM

My friend got hit by a flying phone a few years back and needed many stitches in the head because someone did not follow the rules while riding on a coaster! Not a fun day at the park! Oh by the way he sued the women who lost the phone and got a nice payday from her! Why can't people just follow the rules?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:18 PM

Tekwardo said:
The last time I did any sort of onride photography was at Camden, as they didn't have any posted rules about it on their website, in the park, or anywhere. I asked if there was policy against it, and was told no.

Having said that, if a park has a policy against it, and plenty do, I don't do it, regardless of what the ride op says is okay. Ride Ops don't make the rules, the park does, and most of them have the rules posted somewhere.

What makes onride photography safe because a park allows it?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:29 PM

i like coasters said:


Re: Carrie
Oh please, it's not like I started out filming and recorded the whole ride. I was stuck up there for 15 minutes and got bored- and a little scared, actually. No idea what was happening. No way down. No stairs on that side of the hill. No way to receive communication. We could have been up there for an hour, who knows. So that, "oh well, they can walk up here..." comment was coming from a somewhat disgruntled heat-struck customer at the time.

For the record, the only thing worse to me than being stuck at the top of MF's lift hill, is being stuck at any point on Fahrenheit's lift. Yikes. :)

But let's be fair and honest. The times I am most frightened are the least likely times I'm going to throw the rules of safety out the window and do what I please. If you knew you weren't allowed to take video, then you shouldn't have.

And if this video means nothing more than something you did to occupy your time while being stranded on the lift filled with fear and anger, then why are you posting it? I wouldn't make a quilt and then put it on display with the caption... "This means nothing; I just made it out of fear." ;)

Seems to me you were proud to be able to take some video from where you were and that coupled with the comment you made at the beginning of the video seemed pretty uncool to me.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:44 PM

Shades said:
What makes onride photography safe because a park allows it?

A) I never said anything about safety.

B) I do feel that on ride photography can be safe on certain coasters. But if the park says no, then I don't.

If a park allows it, you take the risk in your own hands. I'd imagine that car accidents are far more likely to kill or harm you than on ride photography, though.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:53 PM

Moosh, I think the more specific rule is listed a little further down on the same page...

For safety reasons, taking pictures, videotaping and filming on rides are prohibited. Picture taking is permitted on the C.P. & L.E. Railroad, Paddlewheel Excursions and Space Spiral.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:56 PM

Funny thing is, I've been yelled at on 3 out of 4 of those rides for having and using my camera. :)

Last edited by Raven-Phile, Wednesday, July 14, 2010 12:57 PM
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:23 PM

Fine, everyone think of me next time you jay walk on an empty street, or roll through a stop sign with no cars around.

You're not going to convince me I did anything wrong in this particular circumstance, despite what the almighty rules state. You may close the thread as I will not be continuing this conversation any farther.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:24 PM

^ Just curious...what city do you live in?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:28 PM

Moosh, he's not continuting any farther [sic]!

You can't convince someone they did anything wrong just because the rules state they couldn't do it, because they didn't get caught!

Moderators, please close this threat.

;)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:30 PM

i like coasters said:


You're not going to convince me I did anything wrong in this particular circumstance, despite what the almighty rules state. You may close the thread as I will not be continuing this conversation any farther.

I think we should leave it open and continue to talk about you, if you don't mind. ;)

Oh, and this last post didn't do much to change my "uncool" impression. :)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:41 PM

i like coasters said:
Fine, everyone think of me next time you jay walk on an empty street, or roll through a stop sign with no cars around.

Or murder that hobo in a dark alley for his shoes?

Because that's the rulebreaking I most identify with.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:50 PM

For me it's hookers. Dirty, skanky hookers. When you murder them, they don't even fight back, they just think it's roleplaying.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 1:52 PM

You guys and your child's play...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:30 PM

Fine, everyone think of me next time you jay walk on an empty street, or roll through a stop sign with no cars around.

Nope, sorry. Other people break different rules isn't even close to a good reason why you should break this one. Even my nine year old---who doesn't have the best filter---knows better than to try that one.

To quote a parenting article I read in the Times yesterday: "We're not talking about my beavhior. We're talking about yours."

Last edited by Brian Noble, Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:31 PM
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:35 PM

Gonch, your going to get me in trouble. I just let out a loud laugh in the middle of the office :)

I was originally hoping that the thread was closed right from the first post. But, seeing as how it's gotten this far. I'm now glad it has stayed open. I now have a couple more people on here that have lost all respect from me. And many who I respect more. I know that probably neither of those groups care either way. But, I'm happy to have the knowledge none-the-less.

This topic here is one of the reasons I was one of the people in favor of real names as handles. Fake handles can be hidden behind. There are no consequences. Few if any people know them. We know that many parks read these sites. If they knew who was blatantly breaking the rules and bragging about it to boot, I would think they would keep an eye out for them. If no where else, perhaps at an event.

</rant>

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:37 PM

I might care...which group am I in? ;)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:40 PM

This topic here is one of the reasons I was one of the people in favor of real names as handles. Fake handles can be hidden behind.

I don't buy that. I could totally come in here with a name like Michael Darling and post for YEARS and have people refer to me as Michael or Mike all of time, when that, in fact, isn't my real name at all...

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:48 PM

Good point. It's still frustrating though.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:53 PM

Jason Hammond said:


I now have a couple more people on here that have lost all respect from me. And many who I respect more.

Really? From this thread?

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010 3:54 PM

Sure. Knowing where people stand on following park rules is a big thing with me.

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