Last year Disney theme parks announced a ban on selfie sticks as a safety precaution, but apparently not everyone got the memo.
On Monday, the California Screamin’ roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim was shut down and evacuated after a rider was spotted trying to use a selfie stick.
“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” Suzi Brown, the Director of Media Relations for Disneyland Resort, told reporters last June.
The local news station, KTLA, reported that the ride was shut down for more than an hour as a result of Monday’s incident.
Ironically, the ban that was implemented last year was decided after a rider on the very same roller coaster was seen using the popular apparatus.
While it may seem trivial to cause such commotion over a little metal stick, the level of cautiousness taken by park officials gives credence to their commitment to visitors’ safety.
Considering how fast roller coasters travel, if the rider would have lost control of the stick and had it fly out of his hands, it could have seriously injured another passenger, among other hazards.
The rider should have been more focused on enjoying the ride rather than trying to take selfies anyway.
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