A 14-year-old girl managed to sneak onto a roller coaster without her parents’ permission on Monday afternoon. When the coaster began to move, she probably thought she had got away with it.
But her thrill ride was not to be. As the roller coaster train began scaling upwards for a sharp descent, it suddenly came to a halt. While passengers guessed that there must have been an power outage, in fact they had been stopped by the girl’s furious parents.
Staff then escorted the rebellious daughter off the roller coaster at Que’ershan Park in Liuzhou city, Guangxi, and also evacuated the other riders. Afterward, the coaster was out of commission for 20 minutes as the waiting line grew longer and longer, NetEase reports.
While many web users have criticized the parents for overreacting, it’s important to remember the context. Last Friday, a 13-year-old girl was killed after being flung from a spinning amusement park ride in Chongqing. The accident has been blamed on a seat belt that suddenly broke and park workers not properly observing rules. The park has agreed to pay 870,000 yuan to the family of the girl in compensation.
It’s also not clear if the 14-year-old met the height and age requirements to ride the roller coaster.
[Images via NetEase]
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