Roller Coaster Ride-Alongs on Instagram
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In the course of the past week, thrill-seeking Instagrammers have brought their phones along for the ride on rollercoasters around the world. And with our new Cinema feature, videos are somoother than ever so you can share in the rush on even the shakiest coasters.
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By encouraging your followers to do such a dangerous thing, you are not only putting them in a position where they could be removed from a theme park, they could be arrested, they will likely lose their phone, or could even kill someone.
Most theme and amusement parks specifically prohibit bringing loose articles on rides, especially hand held ones. The penalties from the park can range from a verbal reprimand all the way up to an indefinite ban.
In addition, many states and provinces have enacted legislation stating that riders must follow the direction of amusement device (such as roller coasters) operators. To not do so could leave them subject to fines or imprisonment.
When someone’s attention is not focused on riding the coaster safely, they are more likely to get hurt. Coasters are designed to be ridden in such a manner that you do nothing other than ride the coaster. When you add a cell phone into the mix, most people end up focussing on the ride because coasters are designed to evoke a guttural fear. When that happens, people lose control of their phones which then fall to the ground and shatter, leaving the park with thousands of shattered phones and people with the need to purchase a new phone.
Oh, and the killing someone part? Just think of what would happen if you got a cellphone to the head at over 50mph.
So Instagram, if you’re trying to get your subscribers banned, arrested, or killed…good job! Otherwise, use a little common sense next time you ask people to do something this stupid.
Sincerely, a 5-year amusement park veteran.