Our Carowinds Incident
Carowinds was our last stop of our trip. I plan to write a full TR, but I think this deserves It's own thread. Our last ride on Intimadator my daughter and I took the back seat, and my son sat in the 2nd row from back. There were a group of teenagers 4 or 5 rows ahead of us. During the ride, near the end, these teenagers decided to throw objects in the air. The objects were coins, metal ball bearings, metal cubes, and anything else they could fit in their hands. I saw the debris flying through the air and hit my daughter. When we hit the brake run I asked my daughter where she had been hit. She was fighting back tears and was hit in the chest and neck. This is where I went nuts.
I was immediately challenging the culprits. No one would man up, which was a good thing. My daughter was pulling this debris out of her bra. When we returned to the station, I went nuts on the ride op. I could see the welts devolving on my daughter's chest and neck. I couldn't positively identify the culprits, so the ride op blew it off. I was in total rage and I literally was looking to throw fists. A security guard met me at the exit. I went nuts on him. Once again he blew it off, which enhanced my rage. At this point, I realized I was acting irrational and nothing was getting accomplished. I was headed for jail in North Carolina if I didn't calm down.
We went and rode more coasters and starting having fun again. On the way out I stopped by Guest Relations and calmly informed them about the situation. Once again, they blew it off and told me to call the park when I got home. I asked to speak to their manager. The manager approached me and I finally talked to someone with a brain who understood te severity of the situation. I even brought up the Dueling Dragons situation. If that sit hit my daughter's eyes, who knows what could have happened. The manager informed me that from now on everyone must show open hands before boarding any ride. So if you visit Carowinds and they ask to see open hands this is why.
One thing I learned is that I need to make some self improvement. I thought that I was older and past those kind of outbursts, but apparently I'm not. I literally wanted to fist fight because someone hurt my little girl. I'm sure someone will hurt my daughter in the future and I'm going to have to hold my temper, because nothing gets accomplished when I'm in that state. It's a shame that happened, but my temper only made the situation worse.
Besides being my little girls, my daughters are my world. If anyone physically hurt them, especially as a result of such a punk act, I would have lost it. I would not have let those punks leave the station without the park doing something about it. I would have made them make me move out of their way.
Security guards are often spineless (no offense to any out there...). But, I wouldn't have let the ride-ops blow me off. They have immediate access to management if they want it.
I'm sorry about your experience. I hope your trip was fun otherwise.
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Great job keeping your cool. It would be hard to fight those instincts. I would have trouble not threatening legal action at least.
Maybe eye-protection isn't a bad idea for roller coasters. I wear it at work all day. I can feel the protective urges rising up already...my poor kids...
Ironically almost EXACTLY a year from today, on my Carowinds trip 8/19/12, some kids in the seats right in front of me were throwing pennies off the SAME COASTER, Intimidator! The kids were very young, couldn't have been any older than 9 or 10; They were haphazardly throwing single coins off the crest of the airhills.
I should've told them to stop, and was real close to doing that, but I just try to stay to myself enjoying my visit, and I realize how many parents today (didn't see any) think that their kids are never wrong with anything, and alot of parents are unreasonable etc. I know that there were people behind me that saw exactly what they were doing also. Luckily, no one was hit. I started to put it in my TR, but I left it out.
* This post was modified at 8/15/13 7:41:18 AM *
Then again, I can play the "old man" card to my advantage, as it were. ;-)
There are a*holes in this world.
There are also people of all ages that do a*hole-y things every once in a while, yet live their lives otherwise.
Perhaps the latter in this case...?
People are nuts.I know they have cameras on the coasters but not all over the whole thing.Lifts,maybe the brake runs.They should atleast check the camera footage to back you up. Thats serious stuff.
Good point! If someone took out their cell phone and started taping the ride you know damn well they would have been nabbed but not for something like this that is WAY more dangerous than snapping a pic or video? (not saying it's safe to take pics on a ride - just more safe than throwing metal objects in the air at riders!)
The good news is you may have saved a future rider from injury or worse by insisting to talk someone with a brain.