Riding This Complaint Train

, , , , , | Right | August 6, 2018

(I work at the one of the two kids’ areas at a theme park. The one I work at closes at 8:00 pm, and the other is open until the park closes. I don’t have people in my line or on my ride for the last ten minutes we are open, so I have all the “cars” buckled up and ready for closing. When I look at my watch, it is 8:01, so I finish closing by pressing the end of the day e-stop, which disconnects all power to the ride. I can’t start it again if even if I want to, because only managers have the keys for it. It is currently 8:06, and I am about to take the height stick and leave the ride.)

Customer: “C’mon, kids, let’s ride [Ride] before we leave!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, but we are no longer open and I am no longer able to run [Ride].”

Customer: “But my kids always ride all the rides when we come here, and I was waiting around the ride for five minutes waiting for my kids. We have season passes and they love these rides!”

Me: *thinking* “If you have season passes, then you can obviously come back another day.” *what I actually say* “Again, I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but the end of the day e-stop has been depressed, and I can no longer run the ride even if I wanted to. If your kids were in line before eight I would have been happy to, but no one was in line and I have closed the ride up for the night.”

Customer: “Why is it pressed? [Park] is open until ten, right?”

Me: “Yes, but [Area] closes at eight. It is now 8:10.”

Customer: “Oh, well, it won’t take long to run the ride, just UN-depress the e-stop.”

Me: “I can’t. I do not have the key to do that.”

Customer: “I cannot believe this. I want to know your name right now! I will be leaving a complaint and getting you fired!”

Me: “I’m sorry, but no. I am doing my job as I have been trained to do. I’m sorry for the inconvenience, but I cannot run the ride.”

Customer: “But she—” *points to coworker running another ride* “—was running her ride at eight!”

Me: “Yes, but she also had guests in line at eight and I didn’t; therefore, I shut down the ride after eight. I do not have the key to run this ride anymore, but [Other Kid Area] is still open, and they have plenty of rides that I’m sure your kids will love.”

Customer: “They have already been there and ridden those rides today.”

(I see my supervisor walking by.)

Me: “There’s my supervisor now.”

(I call him over and explain the situation.)

Supervisor: “Ma’am, she is doing her job and the ride is shut down.”

Customer: “Well, if you didn’t have only three people on these rides back here, we would have made it in time!”

Supervisor: “We only have three back here because it’s been a slow day and had some people call out today. But since we only had three, I’ll make an exception and unlock the ride. But, just so you know, she was doing her job exactly right and shouldn’t run the ride unless you were already in line, which you weren’t.”

(The customer smirks while I look at my supervisor in disbelief. While I’m letting the kids off the ride after it has been run, the woman says:)

Customer: “See? If you just ran it to start with, we would be gone and you would be going home.” *walks away*

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