Ok here's the story: 2 friends, my dad, and I are in line for MF at about 1 am or so for Halloweekends. The line for it was about 1 1/2 hours at that point on Sat. We see 2 female cops staring in our direction and kind of giggling for a while. Once we get up to the ramp, a cop showed up and made a man get out of line. A woman had seen him throw a bottle in a trash can, knew he had urinated in it, and told the police. She had her daughter with her, but neither the woman nor her daughter actually saw him pee into the bottle. He had the bottle completely concealed in his pants when he did it. The man was going to get arrested but the female cop gave him a break and just told him he had to leave the park. What do you think? Did the woman over react? Should there be stalls set up in the line? *** This post was edited by Bakeman 10/19/2003 11:07:33 PM ***
The contraversy over who's in-line & who lost their spot... the horrid odors that could result from those bathrooms... and just how useless they'd be because most people can hold it in. Just go before you enter the line. There's signs clearly posted how long the wait is estimated... how can you not tell your bladder that?
As for what the guy did... well, if noone saw it, and it was more or less only implied... and nobody AROUND would have even guessed until it was already discarded... I honestly don't see the harm it did. Nothing was whipped out in public, no strange odors eminated (as opposed to whizzing behind the queue rails), and it was only a woman who ASSUMED (well, she assumed correctly) that he did leak in the bottle.
I would have maybe gave the guy a warning, and just bopped him out of line... but not out of the park.
Sure, you can tell your brain how long the line is, but nature will take its course if you have to go real bad. Some of the waits I've seen posted for some of the newer rides (X, TTD), have been just ridiculous. A spot a pot doesn't have to smell either. In fact, most of the ones I've used at various jobs in the past couple of years have smelled just fine. I think they have the art of deordorizing them down to a science. Would the parks ever use them? Well, no, but it wouldn't hurt either as a goodwill gesture towards guests forced to wait in obscenely long lines. Just remember, the large soda you drank at lunch can come back to haunt you as you either wait in a long line, or ride something excessively bumpy like Son of Beast (my example. Thank God I made it to the bathroom in time). ------------------ Did anyone ever bother trying out the seats on the KMG Tango? And if so, were they male?
About three years ago I saw a guy peeing off of the bridge on Splash Water Falls at SFGAm into the boat full of people that was passing underneath. Needless to say, I don't think he was caught as he ran off into the crowd with no one chasing him.
I don't see a problem with bathrooms in que lines...just make them look like permanent structures (with a stone facade and whatnot) and post signs that address the problems associated with one losing one's spot while one sits on the pot, and I think things would go rather well! I'd use'em, considering I always seem to have to pee after drinking a Pepsi or whatever I just bought and drank while waiting in line.
Two years ago a kid who looked to be about eight peed in line for Dudley Doo-Right's Ripsaw Falls. His mom noticed what he was doing and grabbed him. I'm glad he was finished or I might have been hit with pee! He was practically right in front of me. He just crawled under a queue rail and peed. He's a kid though. An adult should know better.
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Oh and on the subject of having stalls of some sort for people to use while in line, I think it's something that should be incorporated into future rides if lines continue to be as long as they've been for some of the recent big rides. Nobody should be forced to hold it for four hours. Give them some relief. Of course line jumping back to your group would be something of concern, but if it could be monitored it's a good idea.
SFGAm & SFGAdv handed out numbers for people entering line to Superman Ultimate Escape to prevent line jumping. You had to present your ticket w/ it's number to a host/hostess before the staircase to the station. Although the line was never too bad, (no more than an hour have I waited) it is still a neat Idea, although if you lost your ticket you were not able to ride.
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Jeff said: Dan and I saw a dude pee off of the bridge between stations two years ago, in full view of people down on the midway. He was not caught.
Last May, I saw a woman actually jump the right side ramp railing before getting to TTD's station and pee in the gravel next to the brake run. All of this in front of a fully loaded train. You should have heard some of the comments from people in the train. The ride operators saw this and e-stopped the ride and called security. The woman ended up running out of line when she knew she was busted.
While at Six Flags Belgium last year, I was surprised to see some people relieve themselves while standing in line. Women and men. I must have seen 5 people do this throughout the day.
We saw a guy and his two kids jump the railing on Superman Ultimate Flight at SFGA to go pee by the fence. There were about 50 people including my friends and I that saw this happen. When the guy and his kids came back to the line, the people that were standing behind them didn't let them back in. We almost saw a fight...jesus I wish they would have fought. Anyway, I totally agree...stalls in queue lines would be a smell disaster.
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As far stalls in the queue, I agree that it wouldn't be a good idea to put them right in the middle of the line. I would suggest putting one off to the side and having 2 paths leading to it, one for the entrance and one for the exit. That way, people coming out of the bathroom would be in full view of everyone and would be moving backwards through the line to rejoin their group (unless they are in there for a long time). I think the woman over reacted. If I had my daughter with me, I would be offended and probably would say something, but I wouldn't have told the police and made the guy get out of line.
Why not put lots and lots of bushes around the Q lines. :>) If you can't hold it don't get in line! Think before you drink! I was at the Wild Wood beach one time and this kid pulled his pants down like 15 feet away and took a dump right on the beach. Everyone was freaking out. It was so gross.
Portables would be gross. And people might not wanna use them. Plus they smell. Lets set up a fixed restroom right 1 entrance and 1 exit in the middle of the line. The Q goes behind the building and 1person will have to stay and hold the spot for the group. The enter in the 1 side. By the time they are done and come out the other side they should meet their group. ------------------ http://coastertrackrecord.tripod.com/