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Oh, He’s Pissed Alright

As a teenager I worked at an amusement park and I was usually assigned to work at the most popular roller coaster. Of course the roller coaster (and all the rides) had height minimums and restrictions, all posted at the front entrance to the line, complete with a handy sign to stand against to see if you are the right size. A lot of people of course ignored the postings, waited in line sometimes for 2 hours, only to be told at the front of the line, “Sorry, you need to be at 60 inches tall to ride this roller coaster”. And yes, this led to a lot of anger and protests, tears, pleading, etc, all to no avail, since the restriction was not done to torture people, but rather for the health and safety for all riders.

One angry father took the cake from every other ticked off guests I have ever handled. This father brought his young son, about age 5 or so, to ride on the roller coaster. This kid was nowhere near the required height, at least a foot shorter than the measuring bar. So of course the father and son got to the front of the line and were turned away. Cue the yelling, screaming, threats, all which were of no use. The father was told that he could ride the coaster while the child waited for him on the platform, which the father finally agreed to. All the employees breathed a sigh of relief and thought the drama was over. The father enjoyed his ride, disembarked from the ride, gathered his son by the exit and promptly unzipped his fly and relieves himself on the exit ramp to show us just how he felt about his son not being able to ride. Needless to say we were all shocked. I’ve seen guests throw things at employees, kick the ride, even shove an employee. But I’ve never seen anyone whip it out and urinate in front of hundreds of people all because we wouldn’t let his son ride because he was so little he could get killed! I called security who escorted the father and son (poor kid!) out of the park. Although he really deserved to be arrested!  0915-10

Shakespeare had something to say about parents like this: 

“Tis such fools as you that makes the world full of ill-favoured children.”
As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 5

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  • Laura is Appalled September 16, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Since this was a park, I assume there were other children present. Is “whipping it out” considered indecent exposure? And wouldn’t that put the father on a sex offender list?
    I’m sorry you were “exposed” to that.
    (no more puns, I promise.)

  • LovleAnjel September 16, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Your theme park wouldn’t happen to have sold adult beverages, would it?

    A real problem is some cast members (or whatever name a theme park uses for employees) do allow people to skirt the rules, which sets up an expectation that they can ignore all the restrictions. If people across the park were consistent, I think there would be a little less of a problem (plus, many parks will put a cast member at the front of the line to measure guests before they go in).

  • SammyHammy September 16, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Wow. With his father as an example of what a man should be, I pity that poor boy. Shameful just isn’t a strong enough word for his behavior.

  • Lisa September 16, 2010, 1:06 pm

    That poor, poor kid.

    Other than that, I’m pretty much speechless. The headline of the post was funny though 🙂

  • Tiffany Maxwell September 16, 2010, 1:07 pm

    Wow, Father of the Year. Love how easily he was convinced to leave his child with a total stranger.

  • DGS September 16, 2010, 1:09 pm

    Oh boy…how horribly inappropriate, rude, disgusting and illegal. What boggles my mind here is not the ridiculously bad behavior – sadly, I have come to expect that – but the fact that people raise such a stink about something that is obviously done for the health, safety and well-being of their families. A small child could easily be killed, maimed or at the very least, severely injured if he or she was allowed on a rollercoaster before being a particular height…and if that unfortunate incident was to happen, I have no doubt that the father in the OP’s posting would have taken the first opportunity to sue the park.

  • Patti September 16, 2010, 1:11 pm

    60 inches? I am a 51 year old adult and I’m just barely 60 inches tall! Would an adult be turned away? Actually, urinating in public is a crime and you could have had him arrested.

  • SHOEGAL September 16, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Wow – just Wow!!! Completely inexcusable behavior.

  • ErinAnn September 16, 2010, 1:20 pm

    I think that riding the roller coaster while his son waits and watches was worse than the pee incident. Not much, but what a jerk to your kid! The second event was foul and disgusting (and a really poor example) but was not emotionally damaging like the first. Pathetic.

  • Shayna September 16, 2010, 1:22 pm

    Miss Jeanne, we need a puking smiley. Because that’s what I feel like doing after I read this. Ugh.

  • Xtina September 16, 2010, 1:47 pm

    Oh wow–now that is really horrible behavior. Imagine how the son will remember this incident years from now–let’s hope that by some twist of fate, that the son will be taught that this kind of behavior is absolutely incorrect. And how awful that the man ruined the rest of the day’s fun for his son, who probably would have been perfectly happy to go on other rides that were available to him; instead, this dolt got them both kicked out of the park.

    This made me think of the time when I worked in a department store, and some idiot refused to stop shopping long enough to take their child to the bathroom, and told him to urinate inside a rounder of clothing, on the floor. There was also a shopper who took their child into a dressing room and had them poop into a shoebox that they left on the bench–which baffles me since the bathroom was only steps away. People are so gross.

  • Jillybean September 16, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Wow! That’s mind boggling. Not just the public urination, but that it would be so important to the dad to ride the rollercoaster that he would say, “see ya kid” and go on while his 5 year old stood in wait. Unbelievable!

  • Tracey September 16, 2010, 2:40 pm

    LOL at the title of this! Good one, admin. I actually gasped out loud when I read what he did. Sick! And weird. Wonder why that act in front of his son made him feel better about himself? He got to enjoy the ride and embarrass his kid. Bravo!

    I would hope the amusement park has height signs at the entrance to the ride, along the wait line and not just as the front of the line. It’s doubtful someone could grow to 60 inches in the amount of time it takes to stand in the line. 😉

  • Louise September 16, 2010, 2:43 pm

    Wow, dad, way to set a great example to your child.

    I really don’t understand parents like this. This is the safety of your child we’re talking about — you know, one of the most important people in your life. All I can think of was the father wanted so much to ride the roller coaster himself that he was willing to risk his kid’s life to do so. Horrific.

  • Jamesy September 16, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Don’t people realize what the height minimums are for? This is disgusting, to say the least. However, it makes for one good story to tell at holidays and such. I’m sure it’s a show-stopper.

    We can only hope that his son gains some perspective and does not turn out like his father, the man-bear-pig, Al Gore once spotted.

  • kero September 16, 2010, 3:04 pm

    He did WHAT??!! He should be arrested, but I guess for the sake of the kid they could only boot them off. The only thing he proved is what bad parenting looks like. Those posted signs are very obvious and sometimes repeated throughout the queue. His kid could have fallen off the ride or get roughed up with some nasty bruises…..or worse.

    I remember when I was a little, like 6 or 7, a neighborhood park had a metal merry-go-round and there was a sign which suggested an appropriate age group for the park (like 5-12). Of course, there aren’t people enforcing it but I remember a little girl about 3 pushing the merry-go-round with everybody and it got so fast that she slipped and banged her head on the spinning platform. Her father was standing right next to her and watched the whole thing happened. I didn’t get to see what happened afterwards because my parents pulled me away, but the thing I remember clearly is the big thunk when her head hit.

    Anyway, good job OP for sticking to your guns.

  • SFG September 16, 2010, 3:24 pm

    Egads! That poor child! Think what he’s going to turn into after years with a lunatic father!

  • Numa September 16, 2010, 3:31 pm

    This does not surprise me at all. After spending many years in retail clothing, I have been spat at, threatened with weapons and we won’t even talk about the things people did in the dressing rooms when they were upset with us. I do indeed feel very sorry for the little boy. Unfortunately, he will probably grow up to be just like dad.

  • Wink-n-Smile September 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Don’t you know these people are invincible and the laws of physics don’t apply to them? They have diplomatic immunity.

    Hey, next time, ask for his passport, to prove it!

    Urinating in public, and a means of protest? Disgusting.

  • Wheelchair Bling September 16, 2010, 4:00 pm

    Wow…I guess you did the only thing that could be done! Maybe the amusement parks could station another employee at the front of the line just to keep idiots from killing their children!

  • Simone September 16, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I’m speechless. And that’s fairly unusual.

  • kudeenee September 16, 2010, 4:30 pm

    What a wonderful example for his son. 🙁

  • Allie September 16, 2010, 5:06 pm

    It could have been worse… at least he did not pee, poo or vomit inside the ride. It’s unfortunate that people let themselves get so angry about things like this. At the end of the day, all that anger hurts the person who feels it more than the victims of his passive-aggressive golden shower. Hope he doesn’t give himself a heart attack and that his poor little boy turns out okay.

  • Dina September 16, 2010, 5:25 pm

    I used to work at a swimming pool that had a water slide, and boy, do I remember some of the abuse I got when I didn’t let Little Precious down the slide. (Or off the diving board, which is a completely different story since it involved a swimming skill test and therefore parents screaming “WHAT DO YOU MEAN JOHNNY’S NOT A STRONG ENOUGH SWIMMER?!”) At least no one decided to leave any kind of excrement in protest…

  • Jillybean September 16, 2010, 5:42 pm

    @Patti – yes, an adult less than the height requirement would indeed be turned away. That’s why it’s a height requirement, not an age requirement.

  • Zhoen September 16, 2010, 6:22 pm

    Adult supervision isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

  • Kimberly September 16, 2010, 6:35 pm

    ErinAnn and Jellybean,
    I was often the kid left to wait at the line while family/friends rode the ride. It isn’t a bad thing to do. I enjoyed the time with family talking and people watching. Not so fond of the rides, and some I couldn’t ride for medical reasons.

  • ginlyn32 September 16, 2010, 6:44 pm

    Oh…..my……Deity!

    That man should have been arrested for indecent exposure and health code violation.

  • Kriss September 16, 2010, 7:17 pm

    My son used to do this as a sign of protest. He got over it thankfully before he started school.

    I’m more shocked that he left his 5 year old in the care of a strange teenager on what I assume was a platform with all sorts of hazards he could hurt himself on while he rode a ride. After that public urination makes sense.

  • Jillybean September 16, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Kimberly – I wasn’t big into rides either and often took a pass while family members rode stuff. Can’t recall a single time my dad (or mom for that matter) took me to a park at 5 years old and left me standing with strangers so THEY could ride by themselves. When I was that age, unless there were older siblings there too going on things, in which case 1 parent would stay off the ride, we pretty much hung with the kiddie rides.

  • Skippyjon September 16, 2010, 8:06 pm

    If one is going to use peeing on objects to show upset, then peeing in or on one of the coaster cars would have been more logical. Not that I advocate that, on the contrary; most coaster riders know there are height regulations and they are usually prominently displayed at the entrance of the cattle line, so not to check it and expect it to be enforced is idiotic. Most young boys likely would get a kick out of their father pulling a stunt like that and getting kicked out, and I imagine retelling the story at school boosted his popularity with the other boys.

  • CourtneyJo87 September 16, 2010, 8:25 pm

    WOW…I worked in the rides department at a theme park for four years as a summer job during college, and that is one that I have never witnessed!!

    People NEVER believe the horror stories I have to tell. There are height restriction signs at the entrance of every single ride in our park and parents either don’t pay attention (just like every other instructional sign) or don’t care. It still infuriates me that parents would put their children in danger for the sake of a five minute ride. The manufacturer and designer of the rides put certain restrictions on their rides based on the design of the seats and restraints and whether or not a child could just fly out of those restraints while riding. Those restrictions aren’t put up just for the fun of it! I have been called every name in the book, witnessed a supervisor get assaulted, and had people threaten my life (NO JOKE) all for enforcing this rule and various others. A major problem that we always got were the handful of lazy employees who didn’t care and didn’t enforce the rules sending mixed messages to parents that the rules weren’t important and weren’t enforced anywhere in the park.

    And yes, many places will place employees and the front of rides to check heights before the person enters the line and waits. However, at many places, like the park I worked in, for example, employing an extra person to do that at every ride simply isn’t in the budget, except for maybe on busy Saturdays. And that was only if our ride and every other ride was properly staffed for the day just to operate at all.

    Also, many parks do not allow parents to leave their children alone without supervision as it is a liability risk. I was surprised that was even allowed, but it must be different rules there.

  • Carnation September 16, 2010, 9:31 pm

    A while back, there was a guy near here who was repeatedly turned away from a world class type roller coaster because he had a “unique body size”.

    One day, an employee let him ride and he actually was thrown off and killed.

    I felt bad for the strangers who desperately tried to hang onto him to keep him in the car.

  • David September 16, 2010, 11:33 pm

    @Patti;

    When I was in High School, a friend and I went to the local fair to ride the rides and maybe meet girls. He was 4’9″ and had a fairly small-boned frame. The new ride that year was “The Zipper”.

    If you have never ridden it, it’s a long oval frame that spins around, with a belt that cages are attached to that spins around the outside of the oval, and the cages spin around on their axis with any movement of the people inside. You are strapped in so you stay in one position in the car and don’t bang around inside.

    He was 3″ too short for the ride, but they let him on because he was in High School.

    The safety gear did not fit him so did not hold him in place. Once the ride started, I ended up being his safety gear because he was being thrown around the cage. This kept him from serious head injury, but meant we both were getting pretty banged up – it’s hard to hold on to someone with all that changing g-force, especially when you are moving backwards and upside down.

    The ride people took our ” Stop the ride! He’s banging around the inside of the car!” as us making a joke, so they did not stop the ride and let us off until the full ride time. We both had bloody noses and black eyes, luckily no permanent damage.

    Luckily we both made it off the ride alive, but our injuries kept us from the rest of the fair.

  • The Cat Whisperer September 16, 2010, 11:42 pm

    I go along with the others who have said…WOW.

    This goes so far beyond mere bad manners. That father has to be a candidate for a psychiatric evaluation. Poor little kid that was with him!

  • Cooler Becky September 17, 2010, 1:32 am

    Was the father drunk? Because that’s the only way I can see someone doing that.

  • Bint September 17, 2010, 5:08 am

    I love the title. ‘Pissed’ to me means drunk, and I actually hope he was. Piddling on an exit ramp to show annoyance after abandoning your kid?

    Moron.

  • ferretrick September 17, 2010, 5:40 am

    I think some of you are missing the point when you ask doesn’t he realize what the safety restrictions are for, etc., etc. The guy left his child in the care of complete strangers, park employees, probably teenagers, who are busy and have other things to do and probably aren’t really watching the kid so he could go ride. Then he commits an act that could get him arrested while his kid is still with him.

    This is not a parent. This is a sperm donor. He didn’t actually want to be with his kid at the amusement park; he wanted to ride rides. He actually doesn’t give a you-know-what about the kid.

  • o_gal September 17, 2010, 7:03 am

    To ferretrick and Kriss – most major rides at major amusement parks have a “bullpen”, which is a fenced off, gated area, where the people who don’t want to ride spend their time waiting. You wait in line, pass through the boarding area (usually climb through the train on a roller coaster), then go into the area on the side of the ride where the exit is located. The operators are fully trained on how to deal with this – it happens hundreds of times. When the ride ends, the other people collect the non-riders and they all exit. The non-riders are not allowed to be in the regular operating area. On some rides, the non-riders get to stand just on the other side of the exit gate, which is again a standard operating procedure.

  • Zeppelin September 17, 2010, 7:25 am

    What atrocious behavior by the father. I can’t imagine being that poor kid…

    @Patti: An adult would be turned away if they did not meet the height requirement for safety and liability reasons. There are no age requirements, but signage around the ride states that you must be in good health, not pregnant, etc.

  • essie September 17, 2010, 7:41 am

    I’m with Allie: he could have peed while on the ride, splattering everyone.

    Here’s a cute story about roller coasters, to help everyone’s blood pressure: We took our boys to a theme park late last spring. My younger son (YS) wanted to go on the roller coasters because, well, his father and older brother were excited about going on the roller coasters, of course (I don’t do roller coasters). We had left the first one and started toward the second when I realized he was lagging behind. I told him he needed to hurry up if he wanted to ride with the other guys. He raised his hand and said “Sorry, Mama, I have a rule: only one roller coaster per day.” Laughing hysterically on the inside, I merely smiled and said “I’m sorry, I didn’t know that.” When we caught up with the others, he explained his rule to his father, who expressed sorrow that he hadn’t known the rule beforehand. We agreed to split up (they went on the rollercoasters and we went on the rides) and meet for lunch.

    A short while later, we passed another ride. YS slowed down and stared at it, longingly, before he finally spoke up. “Mama,” he asked, “is that another ride or a roller coaster?” Seeing the expression on his face, I looked at the ride. Roller coaster. Small, a basic loop that went up and down with slight angles, but definitely a roller coaster. So I told him “It’s another ride.”

    I’m not ashamed to say I lied to my son frequently that day. If he asked what it was (because he obviously wanted to try it), I looked and if it didn’t appear scary, it was “another ride”. (Technically, ALL roller coasters are “rides”, right?) He had a WONDERFUL time on all the “rides” in the park!

  • Jamesy September 17, 2010, 9:57 am

    @CARNATION: Does that mean he was exceptionally large or particularly small? I can imagine being too small allowed him to slip out. Either way, an absolutely horrific story.

    I guess I’m tall enough to ride most amusement park rides, so I’ve never felt the need to risk anything so badly or felt a longing that I would skirt safety regulations just to fit in or feel “average”.

  • Tana September 17, 2010, 10:27 am

    Last time we went to Six Flags in Texas a young girl in front of us was spit on by a young man passing by on an over-head walkway and my fiance and I were nearly attacked when refused to let a group cut ahead of us in line (multiple groups had been doing this all day and I had enough) and called an employee over to point out the line jumpers (line-jumping rates automatic expulsion from the park, it was posted everywhere). The employee left to find a police officer and two of the young men in the group tried to start a fight with my fiance. Luckily I intimidated them enough to get them to back down until the officer (who they screamed and cussed at) came to remove them. We were both appalled by the behaviour we saw at that park.

    On the flip-side, this past summer we went to the amusement park in Blackpool which everyone had tried to warn us off, telling us it was a rough and violent place, but we found it to be spotless with polite patrons and employees. Not once did anyone try to push in and we didn’t see any roving gangs like there were at Six Flags.

  • Wink-n-Smile September 17, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I hope this fellow wasn’t actually the boy’s father. He sounds more like “Uncle Slappy” to me. PLEASE tell me he’s not a father!

  • geekgirl September 18, 2010, 10:30 am

    He’s lucky he didn’t pee on the actual track,and electrocute himself. That’s happened to men who have peed on railway tracks.

  • Fanboy Wife September 19, 2010, 5:08 pm

    That is disgusting! Fortunately, I haven’t seen that bad behavior at any amusement park. Usually, I just see screaming kids running wild while their parents ignore them because they are too busy texting. However, I see that behavior almost everywhere.

  • bmyster September 26, 2010, 8:58 am

    I find this “father’s” behavior totally inexcusable. I can understand it’s not “fun” to take care of a little kid—-it means you can’t go on many, if any, adult rides. But, that’s the choice you make if you choose to have a child. The child’s needs take priority over your wants. Period.

    And a child needs to be safe (i.e. not go on a ride where the safety restraints won’t work properly for him/her), and also needs parents who set a good example of how to appropriately behave in public. This “father” did neither.

    And I keep quoting the word because I don’t believe that older male (I don’t consider him an adult, either) lives up to the standards I’d like to believe would represent a father. Basic good public behavior and basic concern for their child are required.

    I’d say having the older male arrested and spending some time in jail, for public urination, would be a good idea. This wasn’t an “I desperately need to pee and there are no bathrooms” as much as a deliberate exhibition.

  • Michelle P November 7, 2010, 1:38 am

    Absolutely revolting, physically and emotionally. Safety restraints are there for a reason, but that aspect is really not the point of the story. Just another episode of immature, entitled “parents”.

  • Nina February 17, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I stopped going to my local amusement park because the “Must Be This Tall To Ride” signs were at the opening to the ride and not at the beginning of the line. I’m glad you stood your ground, but I would have had him arrested.