A local waterpark in Illinois is being accused by a father for weighing his teenage daughter before turning her away from a ride. The incident occurred at Raging Rivers Waterpark in Grafton, Illinois on July 11, according to St. Louis local news station KMOV. In hopes of trying the newest ride, the Mississippi Monster, Andrew Batton told the outlet he accompanied his family, including his 13-year-old daughter, to the park.
According to KMOV, Batton said, when the group reached the top of the hill to get on the ride, that an employee asked his daughter to be weighed in front of everyone. The outlet reports that the ride has a weight limit of 200 pounds.
“The guy looked at us and to my daughter and said, ‘You need to step on the scale. She steps on the scale and she’s 205,” said Batton.
Jimmy Holmes, a Raging Rivers spokesperson told KMOV in a statement that the park’s goal is “never to embarrass anyone,” but that it takes precautions “to ensure the safety of our guests while enjoying our slides and attractions.”
“Signage is located at the base of the slide, alerting guests of this restriction. In addition, there is a scale that all guests who choose to ride the attraction must step on to ensure they meet the safety requirements for the ride. We will continue to follow manufacturer guidelines for safety while offering our guests a fun experience at Raging Rivers Waterpark,” the statement continued.
New water tubes and equipment for the Mississippi Monster have been ordered to increase the weight capacity for the ride, the park also told KMOV.
Batton didn’t observe any signs displaying the weight limit, as he says, but a worker told him that some parkgoers were getting hurt, prompting the weight limit enforcement.
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He and his daughter, who are season ticket holders, don’t plan on returning to the park anytime soon, the father told KMOV.
“The disappointment that she felt by not being able to ride the brand-new ride was definitely overshadowed by the public humiliation of being asked to step on a scale. Then further than that, being told that you’re overweight. “Tears wound up in her eyes. We as parents now have to undo the emotional damage that this corporate company caused us,” the father said.
But the real question is if the father is actually the one who made her daughter be humiliated by letting her weight so much, and not the park, which is just following the safety rules.
For example, in March, a kid named Tyre Sampson was killed when he was thrown from a Florida amusement park ride, as he was about 50 pounds heavier than the weight limit allowed, meaning the person who let him on the ride was not supposed to let him on the ride and could now be blamed for the incident since they did not follow safety protocols.
EDITOR’S NOTE: don’t let your teen daughter become a fat slob and you won’t have this problem.