A park accused of “rude” guests with self-weighing stations
You have to be this thin to ride.
An Australian theme park is accused of “shaming” visitors after it imposed a new guest weighing policy that bans people from going on rides because they are too heavy.
“The park is no longer for us,” an irate former park visitor told Australia’s 7 News station of the questionable new measure, which was implemented by Adventure World in Perth after it opened on Saturday. .
The theme park has reportedly started posting weight limits for their rides, which they enforced by equipping attractions with “self-service” weigh stations that flash green or red depending on whether the rider meets their standards, reported the West Australian.
A visitor said her 13-year-old daughter was “humiliated” after stepping on the scale of the Rocky Rapid slide and finding out that she had exceeded the limit.
“My oldest daughter took my youngest daughter, who has special needs, on the slides,” recalls the indignant mother. “Once at the top, she was arrested and asked to stand on a scale. The lights flashed green, then red, then green again. “
The distraught mother continued, “The operator then walked over to an electrical box and looked inside, then came back to her and said, ‘Sorry, you weigh that amount and you can’t get down. . “
“I was angry and disappointed with Adventure World,” she lamented. “We have enjoyed these rides for years and now all of a sudden we just couldn’t.”
Angry park enthusiasts have since taken to AW’s Facebook page to protest the discriminatory policy.
“Yeah, I think I’m going to shame the body and take my kids somewhere else for the fun of it,” one disturbed commentator said.
“The scales are ridiculous !!! I will not go back, ”wrote another.
“Sorry I’m too fat to come,” said a joker in a Sept. 23 post announcing the park’s opening.
Critics have found the weight limit itself ludicrous, as some attractions prohibit guests from exceeding 1,300 pounds for eight people. This means that the client’s average weight should be 165 pounds, which is 20 pounds less than the average Australian male’s weight.
“Do they know the average weight of an adult? Stormed a flabbergasted user.
One Samaritan suggested weighing the horsemen collectively on the front page to alleviate the humiliation factor.
“Wouldn’t it be better to have a system in place to turn on the light after the entire ride hits or has reached its weight limit and not base it on individual weight instead of embarrassing customers? they advised.
They are unlikely to tip the scales in their favor. “We are moving towards the safety specifications of our various amusement ride manufacturers,” said Andrew Sharry, CEO of Adventure World, adding that “there has been no change or introduction this season of new safety requirements in rider weight matter for any of our rides, slides or attractions. “
The big park boss insisted that the new weighing stations, meanwhile, were adopted to comfort customers and serve as a “rider’s weight safety rating scale for the operator.”
“(It) brings us closer to almost every other water park in the country,” Sharry said. “We are not the only ones to put in place such a system.
Adventure World isn’t the first institution to be accused of shaming customers. U.S. airlines are facing backlash against a proposed policy that would require tall passengers to step on the scale – or indicate their weight – before boarding the plane.