What's up with the gum?

Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:31 PM
Why do people think they have to stick the rotten,nasty already chew up gum on the fences,support beams and other places in the line waitng to get on the ride?That is not any way to treat park property,and it is crappy to look at!What do you think?

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 6:45 PM
I know what you mean Thunderstruck. Everyone hates it. It's sick

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:00 PM

Yup thats the worst, i hate it

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:16 PM
There is really nothing a park can do about it. Thats just how people are these days, they have no respect for just about anything. I was in line for Face/Off at PKI on the 4th and I was the next to get on and standing at the big gates I noticed a corner that everyone had been putting gum. The person next to me saw it too and actually got out a piece of gum chewed it for a bout 5 seconds and put it there. I being only 15 couldn't really say anything. It would be alomost impossible to outlaw gum from the park. The people that work at the park can't do anything because most of the time they don't see the person who does it. Thats just how it goes.
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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:20 PM

Worst I ever saw was the "wall of gum" on the Devil's Den dark ride (or is it really a coaster in the dark?) at Conneaut Lake Park.

It is right at the top of the lift. Both walls and the ceiling are covered with gum... and I swear some of it on the ceiling looks to be dripping down.

Come to think of it... that was probably the scariest part of the ride... if not the scariest, definately the creepiest.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 7:49 PM

I think I've seen the worst!

Volcano lines last year, the first part in the Volcano was the Mountain of Gum. The wall was filled!! Grizzley also had a Pole of Gum. It's nasty.

Honestly, I see no reason to chew gum in a park since I'll have my mouth open to scream on the rides!

I think Animal Kingdom at Disney World prevents gum, that should be everywhere, at every park. I'm sure people still do it and don't care about the animals.

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Saturday, July 6, 2002 8:39 PM
Well, the basic reason for this is the morons who do it show no respect for the beauty of the park. Those morons are generally referred to as jackasses.
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 7:45 AM
Batman side of Chiller. They stick the gum on the wall and put a penny on it. I counted over a dollar in coins on gum!

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-Sean Newman
84 coasters in Track Record!! Hypersonic XLC # 100 in July. Waiting for the 305 foot drop tower in 2003. Thank you PKD.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 8:04 AM

It is pretty nasty but sometimes I must laugh at the names places get. "The Pole of Gum" "The Gum Wall" "The Mountain of Gum" People talk about them as if they are shrines or something.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 9:07 AM

Because people are sorry ass pathetic losers that have absolutely no respect for ANYTHING. This will never change because the world will always be filled with these type of people.

Eric

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 9:53 AM

Why don't the put up signs anyone caught sticking gum on wall will be ejected from the park without a refund. Then people would think twice about it. Either that or when the find a person doing it give them a scraper and go thru the queue and scrape all the gum off.

I'm sure the signs would probably work a little. I just wonder how much time is spent scraping gum at parks.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 10:04 AM
Runaway Mountain at sfot has a indoor part of the que that is coverd with gum and penys or dimes are what they stck it on.It's really sick looking and it sucks that parks do nothing about it.
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 1:57 PM
Ughhh! In the line for Phantom's Revenge, you walk right over several buildings and they are filled with gum. You also walk right over the old golf course which is also filled with gum. Man does it look bad.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 2:07 PM
Kennywood has a few walls of gum. Theres one on the building right next to the Jack Rabbit, theres gum all over the Thunderbolt station, and theres a tree right next to the elevated que lines of the log jammer that is totally covered, its sick

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 2:19 PM

I can answer the "how much time does it take to scrape" question. As a former employee, we spent literally days scraping after the season ended. It would take about half a day to do each pole or area at WOF. We used scrapers and gum freeze. One problem area in the Orient Express que line was a light pole next to the path. Maintenance actually moved it away to solve the problem, but most rides don't have this option. I have a feeling signs warning of expulsion would do no good. They would just put gum on the sign. As everyone before has said, those who do this are stupid and immature. I do like the idea of making those who are caught go scrape it off. Then they could see what a pain it is.

(by the way, we tried using the cleaning process as a punshment for those who had screwed up or gotton written up. They would spend the time trying to freeze each others skin with the gum freeze)

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 2:20 PM
You should see the Bubble Gum Tree in the AIR Queue line at Alton Towers, Its quite discusting as its all got gum on it from top to bottom, and not one part is missed.
Most people though seem to think its hilarious when they walk past it.
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 2:27 PM
Never have I heard from an employee the things stated just above. It was good to read that. If only the gum stickers knew. Call me weird, but I always wondered if there was a method to the madness of gum removal.

If a person will bring in a special paint pen to vandalize with, it makes me wonder if people don't really just bring gum for such purpose.

Speaking of the Volcano line, the gum cave, the many other gum & vandal spots along the path, it's the pits! Not to mention this 'supa' or Joe Supa, I think it was, this guy was bored & had the longest wait in the world, & even more amazing is that nobody noticed him doing it! That's all you see down there! His work.

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Sunday, July 7, 2002 3:07 PM
The worst is when your an employee and have to put up with the gum..I swear working at Batman, the ride (SFGAm) I've stepped on more gum then I can chew in a year. One day I was working at East River Crawler and actually saw a girl spit her gum right out..right on to the ground..I walked right over to her and asked her why she did that. Her response was 'because' so I made her throw it out. lol..as I always say guests check their brains at the door when they enter...let's just hope they pick them up on the way out.
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 5:56 PM
I know. Mantis used to have the "Gum Tree", but they chopped it down. Now whe have the "Gum Footer". Raptor also has a "Gum Footer", along with a "Gum Support."
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Sunday, July 7, 2002 6:04 PM
Cedar Point is notorious for the gum trees they have

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