Bravo, Six Flags
I know that many Theme Park Insider readers share a frustration with people who jump lines in the theme parks, as well as with the killjoys who insult anyone who doesn't immediately get-the-heck-outta-the-way when Mr. Attitude wants to go someplace.
Haven't you wished, just once, that these jerks would get what's coming to them?
Well, Six Flags Great America has granted your wish. For today, at least. From the Chicago Tribune:
A Winnetka man was charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly grabbed and pushed a 14-year-old who clapped when the man was ejected from a ride at Six Flags Great America last week, police said.
Making this incident all the more special... this wasn't some clueless teenage kid the park tossed and prosecuted. It was a 53-year-old man from the lily-white, rich-folk Chicago suburb of Winnetka. (Well, at least it was when I lived in Evanston. And the racial slur he allegedly used against a ride operator sure didn't help win him any benefit of the doubt from the park, I suspect.)
The Trib story quote the suspect as saying that he was "having a bad day."
Well, thanks to the news of Six Flags' prosecution of this fella, my day just got a whole lot better.
IF YOU ACT LIKE A BABY, THEN YOU SHOULD BE TREATED LIKE ONE!!! HE GOT HIS, LOL!!!!!
Dude, caps lock.
Not really enough info here to figure out exactly what happened. Was the offender trying to line jump or was he just being an ass?
Hey! Evanston is not the ghetto Robert! Evanston has its share of rich white guys too! :) Saying that, I actually live in Chicago so those suburbs are all crazy A&F wearing, lacrosse playing North Shoreites
I used to work at SFGA back in the '80s and that was one of the things I always appreciated about the park - we were expected to contact security if anyone got out of line and they would kick them out. We were pretty conciensious about not abusing that priveledge in those days and limited our calls for line jumpers, safety violations, and so forth, but if we told someone to do something or not to do something and they didn't comply, we called security in and to my memory they NEVER failed to back us up! Nice to know it's still the same way.
I went to Northwestern for undergrad, which is why I lived in Evanston for a while. (And, no, I didn't mean to imply that Evanston wasn't cast from the John Hughes mold like so many of the rest of the North Shore 'burbs. Although Northwestern did let a few of us poor folk in.)
It's kind of weird to hear that this act of justice happened at a Six Flags park. Kudos to them! It's about time line jumpers were prosecuted.
Robert, I really resent the fact that you use the term "lily-white, rich-folk" in your article. I'm actually offended and want to point out that its entirely irrelevant to the report.
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