Hmm... That is about the 5th time I've heard someone use that same analogy for several different threads.
It must be a good one, then. :-) I just find it hard to imagine shutting down an entire type of business because of a few accidents. I don't have any statistics here, but it's probably fair to say that a lot more people die in automobile-related accidents than in amusement park rides. I think that the analogy suits this situation perfectly.
To be fair, I'd like to repeat that this is a horrible, horrible thing to happen to this girl. But it would be just silly to shut down amusement park rides because of this.
probably it was joe too...
I'm kind of sleepy right now, would you mind pointing out where I've used it before? The only one I can remember at the moment was in the smoking thread where Rashakil(?) used it.
(Saturday, June 23, 2007) - The manufacturer of the Superman Tower of Power says it did not supply the cable that sliced off a girl's feet at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on Thursday. The ride's cables and wire ropes would have had the need for replacement at least several times since the ride opened in 1995, but those replacement parts did not come from Intamin. The company says it has not supplied parts for the ride for 13 years.
Inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection believe that the cable is to blame for the accident, but they are still trying to determine why the cable snapped and how it got caught around the girl's legs.
Is that a not-so-subtle hint that the cables werent replaced in 13 years?
There's no guarantee that the cables were thirteen years old. The only thing that article states is that the original company hadn't replaced them in thirteen years. It's always possible that the park went with someone else for replacements. I doubt that was wise, but it's still possible.
If that is the case, then whether it was the mechanics or operators or whoever's fault, they are employeed by the park (right?) so they are the one's at fault (possibly for hiring incompotent employees who will find it difficult to find jobs later, I think).
The scariest roller coaster I've been on is The Borg at Carowinds. You lay down instead of sitting or standing.
I would imagine these seven found it a bit scary as well:
(Saturday, March 18, 2007) - Seven Carowinds employees suffered minor injuries while test riding the BORG Assimilator roller coaster at Paramount's Carowinds theme park in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to park officials, the ride operator unlocked the pins that hold the seats in place as the train was leaving the station, causing the seats to shift position.