Went to an amusement park (one of the Six Flags line) with the kid that likes the BIG rides (11 year old, if that matters). We both like the BIG coasters. Had a great time.
However, I ran into a minor etiquette violation and was wondering what other eHellions would think about the situation.
We decided to do one coaster that is 'tame' compared to some of the others. It's termed a 'family ride'. Nothing wrong with that.
But what do you do when the people behind you in line can't/won't control their children? They had two boys, maybe 6-ish and 4-ish. We were waiting patiently, and about 5 minutes into the wait, I literally felt it when this kid behind me royally banged into my ankle/foot. It didn't necessarily hurt to the point of limping, but I felt it for several minutes. The dad gave the kid a stern reprimand, but the kid was back to roughhousing within a few minutes.
There are bars that delineate the lines that you weave through as you wait, KWIM? These kids were under the bars, over the bars. You would have thought they were monkey bars for all of the climbing that those kids did. Constantly jumping around. They were into 'no-mans-land', the area that you're not supposed to go into (saw a grown man kicked out of a different ride for going outside of the boundaries). Dad was on his phone or was doing something else, b/c he never told the kid(s) no. At once point, the older boy was coming back from being under the bar and knocked my son in the legs. Then he (the kid) looked at my son like MY SON was the one in the wrong, like 'MOVE, dude!' when the kid couldn't get through! You know the huffy irritated look that little kids can give you when they think they've been wronged but they're really just being entitled? Yeah, that was it. My son just looked at me like 'what the heck?' (He'd just been standing there waiting in line, very politely.) I just told him in a very low voice to move a bit so the kid could get through. I didn't want to get into it, and I think he understood. Once again, Dad did nothing.
Another time, the kid was jumping around and making noises and it seemed like he was trying to get me to notice him, like he wanted an audience. Nope, not playing.
Then we get to the stairs and we were almost on the ride. The oldest kid is playing around and bumps into me AGAIN because he was jumping around and wasn't paying attention; was climbing on the railing AGAIN and jumps off, right into me. Dad, once again, was oblivious. Mom, it turned out, was further back in line and was no help either.
Now, nothing actually HURT me except the initial encounter where the dad reprimanded him. So I didn't say anything. But my question is....would I have been justified? Should I have said something?
I get that they had a right to be in line, and that they're kids, and that the lines are long, but shouldn't that still entail some common courtesy? If they're old enough to go to the park, shouldn't they be old enough to stand in line without causing a disruption for others? (If it matters, the wait was approx. 20 minutes, give or take 5.)
I leaned forward to my son when we were almost on the coaster, and I whispered to him, "Thank you for never behaving like this." He knew exactly what I was talking about.
I can say that I was NEVER so happy to 'escape' to the rides that had a height requirement!
(Edited for wording clarification.)