Safety of Them Parks Called into Question again

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Safety of Them Parks Called into Question again

Postby Bob » 25 Oct 2016, 06:41

The safety of Theme parks is being called into question yet again with two accidents within a few days one in Ireland where fortunately no one was seriously injured and one in Australia where sadly four people have died on Thunder River Rapids ride at Dreamworld
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Re: Safety of Them Parks Called into Question again

Postby Pete McFeet » 25 Oct 2016, 08:22

The incident at Dreamworld, Australia is truly horrific. However, there is still more risk driving to a park than being involved in an accident on a ride. The invention of social media has opened up incidents and accidents to the masses as with just a few words on Twitter or facebook, a media outlet can pick the story up (and not check the facts)

This causes its own share of problems as non news stories are published (take the one where a media outlet had to issue an apology to Dreamland as they had got their facts wrong) and even recently a woman has claimed discrimination against Thorpe Park as her large breasts made it impossible for the restraints to close on two rides.

Personally, I have been riding coasters and visiting theme parks for 40 years and have never been involved in any form of accident or witnessed anything other than a breakdown of rides where people were evacuated safely.
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Re: Safety of Them Parks Called into Question again

Postby Peet » 25 Oct 2016, 11:47

Bob wrote:The safety of Theme parks is being called into question yet again

Is it? I haven't seen that particular article, do you have a link?

Notwithstanding your spelling mistake, this is a weird title to choose for this topic, it makes you seem almost happy/smug about this tragic accident.

That aside, I agree of course that this was a deeply shocking event, especially for the theme park enthusiast community, and our thoughts must go out to the friends and families of the victims.
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Re: Safety of Them Parks Called into Question again

Postby Jim Douglas Jr. » 25 Oct 2016, 20:36

Well, Bob is current title holder of W.B.A.
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