Elissa "Shari made some excellent points!" Alvey
Why thank you!!
Seriously, it is pretty bad the way the media always does this.... I, too, am really sick of this mentality in our country that even though we make a personal choice (what we eat, what we smoke, how we drive, what we do for recreation, etc, etc), when something bad happens it must ALWAYS be someone else's fault.
My friend and I were talking the other day about how all the height restrictions we raised at PKI this year. He's got a little girl, 2 1/2 and quite tall, and there are about 6-8 rides that she could have ridden last year that she can't go on now because of the changes. I wondered what prompted the changes and my friend made the suggestion that it was probably the insurance company. Good point. I can only imagine the increase in liability insurance these parks have seen in recent years.
Now I will be honest... if my little girl got hurt on a ride (or anywhere for that matter) and it was truly the fault of another, yeah... I would probably sue. But the issue with rides is that the parks are doing everything they can to explain to people up front what the ride does and who shouldn't ride. Like someone on the Orlando Sentinel site posted "They can't perform a medical screening on everyone!!". How true! Unless there is a mechanical or safety malfunction, the fact someone became ill/died on a ride shouldn't be an issue.
But then again "Girl collapses in MGM gift shop" wouldn't grab headlines, would it???
Shari "stepping down from my soapbox" Shoufler