I went to a family park and was waiting in line at the pony rides with my dd. The woman in front of me also had happened to be in front of me buying the tickets. When each of us purchased our tickets, the girl behind the counter cheerfully mentioned that they had a weight limit of 100 pounds, and indicated a sign that also said this. I also had my son with me (he is 15 and obviously over the 100 pounds), so I assume this is why she mentioned the weight limit to me. The woman in front of me had her dd with her, and the girl was most definitely over 100 pounds.
When the woman in front of me pushed her dd towards the employee manning the pony ride station, the employee said, very nicely and quietly, "I'm sorry, we have a 100 pound weight limit." and declined to give her dd a ride. The woman instantly started to SCREAM to see the manager and made a huge stink, by the end of which her dd was in tears. ( I have to say there was also a sign hanging on the door into the pony ride area that stated the weight limit).
The manager came over and tried to get the woman to come aside and talk quietly, but the woman kept on yelling and wouldn't budge, so the manager had to talk to her in front of everyone. She told the mom that the weight limit was for the health of the kids working for her, not necessarily for the ponies, and that lifting more than 100 pound kids for even a short time was too much for minimum wage teenagers to handle. The ponies were all bigger than I have seen most pony ride ponies, and the workers DID have to lift the kids pretty high to get them on. The manager went on to say that heavier children also could not balance their weight when riding a pony, so it wasn't safe for them to ride, as they could easily fall off.
After fighting for a while, another manager came over (I'm assuming the REAL boss), and she took a huge pony out of the shed and brought it over. Insisting that the mom walk with them, the manager lifted the girl onto the pony and away they went. After about five seconds, the girl started to slip to the side, unable to balance her weight, just like the other manager had said. Her mother was unable to help her dd stay on and the girl fell off, knocking her mother to the ground and scaring the pony to death. The pony stepped on the manager as she jumped to help the mom and her dd, and all hell broke loose. It was mayhem for a few minutes, and took a bunch of people to help get everything straightened out. When it was over, the little girl's arm was broken and the mom was saying she was going to sue.
Why would a parent put their child in a situation like this where they are obviously not safe? I was so upset about it we had to leave the park.
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