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Dad Calls Out Waterpark For Fat-Shaming His Daughter After She Exceeded Ride’s Weight Limit By 5 Lbs

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An Illinois father put a waterpark on blast after their workers humiliated her for being five pounds over a ride’s weight limit.

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Andrew Batton from Grafton, Illinois didn’t take issue with the safety measures put in place by Raging Rivers Waterpark, but rather their signage and handling of the situation. He claimed that neither the park’s advertisements nor the signs at the base of the hill to the Mississippi Monster ride included information about a weight limit.

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The ride’s opening had been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic and other issues, and Batton’s 13-year-old daughter had been a “a season ticket holder for her entire life” and was very excited about the new ride. 

She and a friend lined up for the ride, but she was turned away at the front of the line after being told to step on a scale in front of everyone and was told that because she was 205lbs, and the ride’s limit was 200, she wasn’t able to go on. She was understandably shaken and upset after being publicly humiliated, and their family left the park shortly afterward.

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The girl’s father posted on Facebook about their experience at the park, which has since been deleted.

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Jimmy Holmes, the spokesperson for Raging Rivers Waterpark, issued a statement contradicting the upset father’s claims that there is no signage about the ride’s weight limit.

“Our goal is never to embarrass anyone, but we must look out for their safety while visiting Raging Rivers,” the statement reads. “Raging Rivers takes an abundance of precautions to ensure the safety of our guests while enjoying our slides and attractions. The new Mississippi Monster Slide has a max weight limit of 200 lbs per rider. Signage is located at the base of the slide, alerting guests of this restriction.”

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“In addition, there is a scale that all guests who choose to ride the attraction must step on to ensure they meet the safety requirements for the ride. We will continue to follow manufacturer guidelines for safety while offering our guests a fun experience at Raging Rivers Waterpark.”

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People on Twitter defended the safety protocols put in place by the park, ignoring the actual complaint. Some compared it to the amusement park ride death of Missouri teenager Tyre Sampson in March of this year. 

These people completely missed that Batton wasn’t upset about ride safety, but rather how they treated his daughter.

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