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^ not really sure. . . the Federal minimum wage is only $7.25 an hour - so a lot of States have that (such as Texas).

but in Maryland (where SFA is), the Minimum Wage is $11.75 as of January. . .

so it's not as great as the states that are $12 and up to $15 - but it's better than many other States.

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^ that IS still better than many States that pay less.   (the story is from 7 years ago, but I guess that exemption is still in place if the standard employee at SFA makes $9/50)

(tho it does appear that the Texas SF parks seem to average ~$12 an hour, well over minimum wage - for standard ride op/service employees)

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The state's that pay less often have a lower cost of living though, a lot of SFA's workers are from DC which has the 3rd highest cost of living in the country. It's not right, and the states that pay less aren't right either. 

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8 hours ago, disownedpear said:

The state's that pay less often have a lower cost of living though, a lot of SFA's workers are from DC which has the 3rd highest cost of living in the country. It's not right, and the states that pay less aren't right either. 

Completely agree. What a way to treat the people who create your company's value. It's not like the cost of living in the MD suburbs is 2/3 of what it is in DC, either.

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Granted, PG county is probably the cheapest of the inner DC suburbs to live in, but using a special exemption to get away with paying less than minimum wage feels malicious.

They should really be paying at least state minimum wage, though I think for an expensive place like the DC metro area (even if it's cheap-ish by DC standards), they should be paying somewhere around $15/hr. If Six Flags Great Adventure can do it, I don't see what's stopping SFA.

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From the newsletter, a Firebird model!

 

The Firebird Nanocoaster Is Here!

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* For super authentic design the fire feature is turned off. I will also stand behind you and smack you in the ear.

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On 8/8/2021 at 9:17 PM, ytterbiumanalyst said:

Completely agree. What a way to treat the people who create your company's value. It's not like the cost of living in the MD suburbs is 2/3 of what it is in DC, either.

You are aware that if they don't want to work at an amusement park, they can go find other work? It's not forced labor.

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I know people that simply didn't get any other callbacks for weeks, I guess there isn't as much of a labor shortage over in PG county. Single mothers with two kids working for nine bucks an hour. 

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Yes, and it is the responsibility of governments to align those interests. You definitely want large employers in your town, but you also want those large employers to pay enough that your cost of services goes down. If you have 10,000 residents who all need EBT and Section 8 and heating subsidies and all that, is that employer really benefiting your town? Probably not. That's where minimum wage laws are actually valuable, they essentially privatize those services by shifting how people pay for necessities from government subsidies to their own paycheck.

 

So when it comes down to large international businesses like this saying "We want an exemption from the law to pay below minimum wage," what they're really saying is "We want the people of this town to pay our employees for us." If you live in that town, you're right to feel that's deeply unfair. 

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I think it has more to do with: it's back to school time, the park is losing their student staff, they don't have enough people to operate the entire park, therefore it makes no sense to attempt to staff a ride that is in the far back corner of the park on its own barren pathway as the season is winding down.

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It would be pretty funny if they ripped of the Dragon Slayer killing the Dragon marketing campaign from Adventureland and kept teasing a Joker beats Batman reveal that eventually led to a Freespin.

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12 hours ago, abovethesink said:

It would be pretty funny if they ripped of the Dragon Slayer killing the Dragon marketing campaign from Adventureland and kept teasing a Joker beats Batman reveal that eventually led to a Freespin.

I could see a Freespin going where Penguin's Blizzard River is.

But what I'd also like to see is something replacing Shipwreck Falls (seems to be the trend lately; taking out these Shoot the Chutes rides), maybe a Sky Rocket II. Hey I'm biased towards that idea because Premier Rides is Baltimore based!

Reality is, I should stop smoking that DC area crack because SFA likely isn't getting jack shit for 2022!

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I feel like the ride is probably closed for staffing, but I guess there's always a chance that it totally f*cked itself again.

Even if it is closed for staffing though that should tell you something about the park's opinion of the ride.

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I rode Nighthawk once. I rode Batwing once. I went to KI while Firehawk was still running but its removal had been announced. I skipped it. I will not be sad when all of the old Vekoma flyers are removed. I'd be happy to try the new style flyer at least once.

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4 hours ago, SharkTums said:

I honestly didn't even realize Batwing was still operating! I kind of assumed all the old Vekoma Flyers were pretty much done for at this point. 

Funny thing is when Batwing is operating; it actually does have a decent sized line. 

However I don't recall the last time two train operations were done (and the other train is a parts donor thing now)

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On 8/22/2021 at 8:43 PM, Jason Maier said:

So I saw this today at Six Flags America. Could this be a sign that the park is finally saying "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" it with this coaster and it's going to be removed?

For what it's worth, I was at the park yesterday also and it looked like there was a maintenance guy on the platform. He dispatched a train as we were exiting SROS. 

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On 8/12/2021 at 8:22 AM, ytterbiumanalyst said:

You are aware that what you just said makes you sound like a d*ck, right?

 

Aw, did your feelings get hurt little boy?

I don't show up for a job I don't feel I get paid adequately for. I would hope everyone feels that way, if not, shame on them and they deserve less.

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39 minutes ago, jconsolmagno said:

Aw, did your feelings get hurt little boy?

I don't show up for a job I don't feel I get paid adequately for. I would hope everyone feels that way, if not, shame on them and they deserve less.

I mean, I agree with you to a point, but you don't have to throw knives! 

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