VisionLand manager found guilty of breaking child labour laws

Posted Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:03 AM | Contributed by supermandl34

VisionLand's general manager Terry Lee Mackey was found guilty of violating child labour laws and was fined $250 for each offense. Including court costs, the total fine came to $1,350. State inspectors says the kids worked past 9 p.m. and more than eight hours in a day, which are limits imposed by the state. They also say the park had been warned.

Read more from The Birmingham News.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 7:24 AM
Well that isn't going to break the bank but it is an obvious sign of poor management.*** This post was edited by wahoo skipper 8/13/2003 11:24:20 AM ***
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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 7:36 AM
After having been there last weekend, I can't see why they would have needed them- the park was virtually deserted! Everyone says the park ius doing okay, but on a Friday night, there weren't very many people there.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 10:52 AM
Considering they had already BEEN warned once, seems to me the fines should have been a little stiffer. That's like getting a $5 speeding ticket, it's just not enough of a punishment to change the (bad) behavior on the part of park management.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 1:29 PM
I wonder if the general manager even knew that it was going on. The kids could have been begging a lesser power(whoever is in charge of their employment) to give them extra hours. Either way, the GM took the fall and the $1,350 fine sent the message to them not to let these kids over work in the future.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 1:58 PM
If you employ minors, you have to have systems in place to make sure you don't violate child labor laws. It is the manager's responsiblity to make sure that these things don't happen and to have systems in place to pervent them. It sounds like they didn't. That's pretty negligent. Considering that management didn't have systems in place even after multiple warnings, it sounds like they got off pretty light.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:02 PM
$250 per incident isn't really light. What if they had over worked 100 kids, that's much different. We're talking 4 or 5 kids, depending on court costs.

This sounds more like an exception rather than the rule.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:10 PM
It was more an exception. First of all there are not and there never were any 14 year olds at the park. There were quite a few 15 year olds and usually the same few people had any violations. It wasnt like the park was forcing them into any sweatshop labor.
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Sunday, August 17, 2003 12:08 PM
There goes the parks only customers...The employees

It looks like a nice park too, with what seems to be an intense woodie, hopefully iy does better in the future.

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