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A guest at Carowinds shoved a ride operator out of the way to go onto the tracks and retrieve a cellphone that she had dropped, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened about 9:20 p.m. Friday on the Boo Blasters on Boo Hill ride, according to a sheriff’s report. The ride operator said a guest approached him and said she had dropped her phone on the ride.

The employee told the guest she would have to wait until the park closed, but that he would notify his supervisor to see what else they could do, deputies said. He said the guest then pushed him out of the way and went onto the tracks of the ride.

The employee pushed the ride’s emergency stop button and followed the woman as she got her phone, the report states. Park security took over from there.

The woman said she dropped her phone on the ride and wanted to get it back, deputies said. When told she would have to wait until the park closed, she said she waited for a while and then “went ahead and got her phone.” She denied having any contact with the ride operator.


The employee declined to press charges, and the woman was banned from Carowinds for five years.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article75276817.html#storylink=cpy
 

Fur Dozy

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Seems like a win for her. She got her phone and got to go home...
 
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To think the day would happen were someone would be stupid enough to risk their life and prison for a phone, that woman is a complete moron. Though you do have to congratulate the ride operator for not just saving her life but being man enough not to press charges, he should get a bonus from the park for that.
 
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Seems like a lot of people nowadays are RISKING THEIR LIFE or doing other crazy things just to retrieve a phone or wallet that could have been gotten after the park closed or sometime later.
 
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If this were a coaster, I would think she was stupid. Seeing this was a dark ride, and the risk was pretty much zero spare tripping and falling on concrete, I think the whole thing is kind of comical.

*Fur Dozy does not support the retrieval of items without park consent.
 

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I would guess, depending on where the phone was lying, that she could possibly have been in the path of a ride car, so there could still be some risk. To my mind the ride operator handled the situation well, at least per this report. I do think a park ban in entirely appropriate. The employee pressing assault charges would seem excessive given that no one was hurt and no huge altercation occurred. Not that I doubt that she shoved past him, though.

Of course everyone else in line or on the ride is hugely inconvenienced while the ride is force stopped, the situation is dealt with, and the ride is reset -- because she just had to have her phone RIGHT THEN even though she is the one who dropped it. Narcissistic traits on display!
 

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Fur Dozy said:
If this were a coaster, I would think she was stupid. Seeing this was a dark ride, and the risk was pretty much zero spare tripping and falling on concrete, I think the whole thing is kind of comical.

*Fur Dozy does not support the retrieval of items without park consent.

Darkastle has a live rail right in the middle of the track. I recall this dark ride having something similar so if the happened to step on that, she'd be electrocuted.

The comical part is her losing her cell phone on a dark ride. Had no idea that was even possible/
 

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The Hessian said:
Though you do have to congratulate the ride operator for not just saving her life but being man enough not to press charges, he should get a bonus from the park for that.

Why exactly is this a morally superior thing to do?
 

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Zimmy said:
The Hessian said:
Though you do have to congratulate the ride operator for not just saving her life but being man enough not to press charges, he should get a bonus from the park for that.

Why exactly is this a morally superior thing to do?

Because it shows that he can be calm in a stressful situation and can deal with all the bullshit that exits.
 
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I really don't think that you can lose your phone on the ride unless you have your phone out, so I'm guessing that this person had their phone out when they should have been enjoying the ride, unless they were filming, which I believe is not allowed but i could be wrong.
 
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The Hessian said:
Zimmy said:
The Hessian said:
Though you do have to congratulate the ride operator for not just saving her life but being man enough not to press charges, he should get a bonus from the park for that.

Why exactly is this a morally superior thing to do?

Because it shows that he can be calm in a stressful situation and can deal with all the bullshit that exits.

So how exactly does not pressing charges after an incident show that you are calm during an incident? All that tells me is that you can not be bothered or do not think it is worth the hassle. I fail to see it as a moral stance.
 
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Eric said:
I really don't think that you can lose your phone on the ride unless you have your phone out, so I'm guessing that this person had their phone out when they should have been enjoying the ride, unless they were filming, which I believe is not allowed but i could be wrong.

That was my thought.

I saw a few people at Busch Gardens Williamsburg years ago with Go Pro cameras, but of course, those people had to go through management to bring them in and be allowed to use them. In addition, they are strapped on pretty good, so little chance of losing it.
 

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Eric said:
I really don't think that you can lose your phone on the ride unless you have your phone out, so I'm guessing that this person had their phone out when they should have been enjoying the ride, unless they were filming, which I believe is not allowed but i could be wrong.

Point in fact, several years ago I lost my phone on Rebel Yell. The only reason I knew I lost it on Rebel Yell was because that was where lost and found told me they found the pieces. It was an old flip phone with no camera, so you had better believe I had no reason to have it out of my pocket, and I can promise you I didn't.

It was this experience that has led me to wearing cargo shorts almost 100% of the time when I go to parks.
 

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Fur Dozy said:
If this were a coaster, I would think she was stupid. Seeing this was a dark ride, and the risk was pretty much zero spare tripping and falling on concrete, I think the whole thing is kind of comical.

*Fur Dozy does not support the retrieval of items without park consent.
I will point out that in two cases people were killed by Disney's people mover.
 
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