Wisconsin man banned for life at SFGAm.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 10:49 AM

But how likely are criminal charges in that case? The lifetime ban was issued by the park. It was not through a court issued restraining order (with due process). Presumably, if the guy visits the parks at some point going forward and gets caught, he will be paying for his tickets and his parking, buying food/drinks, playing games, etc. Assuming the guy doesn't cause any further issues, I am not sure the park would have a huge interest in pursuing criminal trepassing charges. And if I were a prosecutor, I am not sure I would be too interested in such a case given all the other more significant cases to handle. And jail time in any case would seem unlikely.

Avoiding jail? How many people are in jail for stealing $20 (or whatever SFGAm parking costs)?

Last edited by GoBucks89, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 10:54 AM
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 12:25 PM

Sounds like another case of "Poor pitiful me, they're making me follow the rules like everyone else has to. We come here every year so I should be able to do whatever I want. Life is so unfair."

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:11 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
"Poor pitiful me,

Thank you, RGB, for planting one of my old Warren Zevon favorites in my head. Very cool.

"I'd lay my head on the railroad tracks, and wait for the Double E. But the railroad don't run no more..poor, poor, pitiful me"

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 1:57 PM

Sounds like he's trying to use the power of the press to pressure SF into rescinding the ban. Remember, he works for the marketing department for a company, so he knows how to manipulate the media to his advantage..

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 5:05 PM

The company that he works for as the head of marketing is owned by his dad...something tells me that pure skill didn't have much to do with his advancement if he acts like a tool there like he did at GAm...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 5:28 PM

Based on that, do you think he would do better going to Cedar Fair parks?

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:02 PM

Mike Gallagher said:

RatherGoodBear said:
"Poor pitiful me,

Thank you, RGB, for planting one of my old Warren Zevon favorites in my head. Very cool.

"I'd lay my head on the railroad tracks, and wait for the Double E. But the railroad don't run no more..poor, poor, pitiful me"

You could always think of the Linda Ronstadt version. :)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:04 PM

I went to Great America once, and, didn't have enough money to pay for parking, they made me turn around at the entrance gate, even though I was only $3.00 short. I didn't know that they had raised their parking admission to $15.00. (Which is a huge rip-off) Anyways, I went to a near by bank, and withdrew more cash, and went back.

But, you should have seen the look on other people's faces in their cars when they say me pull in, and then out of the park. I'm sure I wasn't the only one they turned away. I also noticed that the city bus goes to the park. Do they charge the bus to drop people off? I have also seen people park at businesses around the park, and walk to the park. Some even as far away as Gurnee Mills.

So, what was the big deal? And, what happened to the customer is always right? He obviously planned to pay to enter the park, and who knows how much money he would have spent while he was there. I think they are stupid.
Not only will they lose him as a customer, I'm sure that they will lose other people who know him, and those who don't approve of the situation as well.

People go to the park to have a good time. They shouldn't have to worry about being careful not to step on the managements toes. At least give the person a chance to not make the same mistake again. That's just plain greed.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:08 PM

GoBucks89 said:
But how likely are criminal charges in that case? The lifetime ban was issued by the park. It was not through a court issued restraining order (with due process). Presumably, if the guy visits the parks at some point going forward and gets caught, he will be paying for his tickets and his parking, buying food/drinks, playing games, etc. Assuming the guy doesn't cause any further issues, I am not sure the park would have a huge interest in pursuing criminal trepassing charges. And if I were a prosecutor, I am not sure I would be too interested in such a case given all the other more significant cases to handle. And jail time in any case would seem unlikely.

Avoiding jail? How many people are in jail for stealing $20 (or whatever SFGAm parking costs)?

Hopefully none. But, the police have arrested people just for thinking about breaking the law. So, you never know.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:15 PM

Being banned from Six Flags could be a blessing. The guy should send them a thank you card.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:21 PM

Oh ya cuz it's more like Sux Flasgz, amirite?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:38 PM

Raven, try Spell Check, I'm just saying.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:39 PM

::Rolleyes::

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:48 PM

Timber-Rider said:

So, what was the big deal? And, what happened to the customer is always right? He obviously planned to pay to enter the park, and who knows how much money he would have spent while he was there. I think they are stupid.

He didn't pay for parking. On purpose, not because of an oversight. So the customer is always right, how?

Can I punch Tweety Bird and not get in trouble because I hate him and be exonerated because I'm a customer?

That's not rhetorical. I'm seriously asking. I HATE Tweety Bird.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:57 PM

Ha! Likewise. I love Looney Toons, but Tweety is probably the most annoying character of the lot.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:08 PM

I was driving home today and the person in front of me had a license plate frame with Tweety bird pictures on the side and across the bottom it said "I tawt I taw a puddy tat."

It made me want to kill. What on God's green earth would posess someone to see that and say "Oh, now that's the perfect accessory for my vehicle! I must have that! How much? $50? Worth it! I'll take two in case this one breaks because someone intentionally rear ends me out of jealousy over my awesome license plate frame!"

At least that's how it played out in my mind.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:19 PM

Ma Gawsh Jarsh, uses Speel hceck!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:40 PM

Tekwardo said:
Ma Gawsh Jarsh, uses Speel hceck!

For a second there, I thought you were quoting somebody's "Goofy" license plate frame.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:55 PM

+1 to kpjb. At some point there was no need to repeat that godawful catch phrase. Much like Larry in Newhart. Is it really necessary to introduce yourself and two brothers to Dick every time you enter the inn?

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:59 PM

I would totally buy a Larry, Darryl and Darryl license plate frame.

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