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(WFAA Fort Worth)   Six Flags to Wounded War Vet: You can't ride the roller coasters without "one functional leg and one functional arm," and you can't have your money back. But here are two free tickets in case you want to come back again   (wfaa.com) divider line 18
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2014-03-16 12:16:29 PM
7 votes:
It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.
2014-03-16 03:37:47 PM
4 votes:

Meisaims: Dude, they were just trying to keep you alive. I appreciate your service. Perhaps counseling would be beneficial.


I was looking for a "this" to put my two cents in.

Look, man. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. I can't begin to know what you've been through. No doubt you have been through many surgeries and physical therapy sessions. At some point in this process you must have realized that there are simply things that you won't ever be able to do again. Riding a roller coaster, or at least this one, is one of them. I'm sure there are other rides there that you can share with your daughter.

You're alive, you have a daughter who loves you, and hopefully a lot of other family there for you. There's a lot of living left to do, do us a favor and spend a long life with them.  There are many things you can do together.

/The park should've handled it better, that's true and hopefully it will be rectified.
2014-03-16 03:02:24 PM
4 votes:
Dude, they were just trying to keep you alive. I appreciate your service. Perhaps counseling would be beneficial.
2014-03-16 01:38:28 PM
4 votes:
Wounded war vet goes on ride at Six Flags, is injured, sues the living crap out of Six Flags since they should have known he'd be injured and should have prevented him from riding.
2014-03-16 12:55:04 PM
4 votes:
Done in two.

/being a vet gives you as lot of props from me, but it's not a crutch if things don't go your way
2014-03-16 03:03:27 PM
3 votes:

Jeep2011: It is a safety and insurance issue. They should have refunded his money or had him sing a wavier.


The ride manufacturer sets the rules, not the park. The park's mistake is waiving the rule because of screaming guests who threaten to sue. Do it once, and you have to keep doing it. Then you get a tragedy that could have been avoided if people had only stopped to think, which, alas, will never happen.
2014-03-16 04:22:36 PM
2 votes:
It sounded to me like he couldn't ride Aride and he flipped his shiat.  Where in TFA did it say he couldn't ride any rides?  He's pissing and moaning because he couldn't go on the one he wanted?    The person at the front gate is supposed to say to every single fat person, old person, pregnant person, amputee, "Just FYI, you can't go on the boomerang."  Really?  Take your whining biatch ass somewhere else.
2014-03-16 03:16:57 PM
2 votes:
Those free tickets aren't to be taken lightly.  They cost an arm and a leg!
2014-03-16 03:05:54 PM
2 votes:
And bringing up the war vet bit is just appealing to emotion, which is one of the WORST things that can be done. I feel sorry for him, but the incident up in New England should have been a big notice for everyone.
2014-03-16 03:02:18 PM
2 votes:
It look like lieutenant dan has magic legs. They were probably concerned about him losing the prosthetics on the coaster. They probably weren't designed with lateral g-forces in mind.
2014-03-16 02:57:42 PM
2 votes:
2014-03-16 07:09:44 PM
1 votes:

Molavian: Cheesehead_Dave: abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?

Because roller coasters occasionally have problems that require unloading trains in other places than the station. It's already a stressful situation having fully-limbed adults and kids walking on catwalks and down maintenance steps. They probably don't want the added liability of having to handle a rider that's missing a couple of limbs.

While this guy might have been capable of handling himself, many others possibly couldn't, so it's easier to have the policy applied to everyone rather that have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis.

Yeah, because I'm sure the land whales having heart attacks from walking down 5 stories are so much less likely to sue.


Okay, having worked in the amusement park business, in ride operations, for 5 years-- I have a bit of insight on this.  And these stories always piss me the hell off, because the ONLY intent of the story is to gin up all the mouth-breathing idiots who believe that vets should get carte blanche to do whatever they want because, "They made sacrifices you and I would never have to make."  Despite any shred of intelligent evidence against their claims.

While an individual park's policy does go a long way in establishing who is able to ride and who isn't...it's the ride manufacturer who decides what abilities the riders must have prior to boarding.  It's completely a liability issue from a ride manufacturer's standpoint.  The number of full (or partially) useful limbs determined by the ride manufacturer is the minimum amount required to successfully brace yourself and be contained within the restraining device to ensure a safe and successful ride experience for your average customer  throughout all phases of the ride.

And no, you cannot ride most coasters that feature some type of significant inversion with a prosthesis.  A poorly secured prosthetic limb has the potential to become a deadly projectile at speed; and once again is a liability that both the ride manufacturer AND the park cannot afford to be on the hook for.

Oh, and yeah, most parks don't offer refunds to patrons when they don't get to ride their favorite ride.  The axiom being that if you came to the park- you came in good faith with the intention to ride, knowing all applicable rules and policies for the attractions you wished to ride.  It falls under most 'No raincheck' policies.  Read the back panel of the park map you get when you pay to park your car...it's there.
2014-03-16 04:48:11 PM
1 votes:

LessO2: Does anyone else think it's kind of stupid that the guy had to pay to enter the park in the first place?


No.

I don't recall any appropriations from congress setting up a fund to allow free amusement park rides for amputees.  I can think of better ways for that money to be spent.
2014-03-16 03:50:00 PM
1 votes:

abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?


Because roller coasters occasionally have problems that require unloading trains in other places than the station. It's already a stressful situation having fully-limbed adults and kids walking on catwalks and down maintenance steps. They probably don't want the added liability of having to handle a rider that's missing a couple of limbs.

While this guy might have been capable of handling himself, many others possibly couldn't, so it's easier to have the policy applied to everyone rather that have to deal with it on a case-by-case basis.
2014-03-16 03:17:36 PM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: You have to have one functional arm for what? Waving over your head and not hanging on?


The boomerang has a harness style restraint that works by clamping you into place by your chest, locking your arms in, and locking your legs in.  If you don't have arms and legs firmly locked into place you can slip out.  This is also the reason really fat people can't ride.  Fat can't be firmly locked into place (under enough pressure it slides around under your skin), which means that a fat person could slip out of the ride as the harness is locked far away from their bodies and their fat deforms.
2014-03-16 03:14:37 PM
1 votes:

abhorrent1: The amusement park recommends that guests with special needs visit their website to review policies before visiting.

How about you just quit being dicks and let the guy go on the rides? Does that work for you?

/Why the fark do you need arms or legs to ride a roller coaster?



Really???   Kick that question around for a minute and think 8th grade science.
2014-03-16 01:52:32 PM
1 votes:

propasaurus: Wounded war vet goes on ride at Six Flags, is injured, sues the living crap out of Six Flags since they should have known he'd be injured and should have prevented him from riding.



I don't think anybody has a problem with keeping him off the ride, but failing to refund the ticket (while possibly justifiable in a strict logical/legal sense) was an unwise move that makes six flags look like dicks.


Six Flags explained its policy this way:
"As a first option, we do offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the day and the attractions they are able to experience, and in addition, offer complementary tickets to also visit on another day, now that they know which attractions they may ride. If our guests do not find that option acceptable, then our team can offer a full refund.
"We will make sure our new team members are aware of all of these service recovery options so we can continue to take care of our guests."



Yeah, it looks like either they didn't train their staff well enough or decided on an instant policy change when the media got involved.

Meh.


"It got so frustrating that I broke down in front of my daughter and cried," Jackel said.

** Sigh **

That's just... Embarrassing.
2014-03-16 12:17:21 PM
1 votes:
Sign a waiver. Or sing too whatever.
 
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