It used to be that people had common sense. They knew if they were able to do something or if it wasn’t really a possibility. They knew their own restrictions and they either lived with it or they did what they could to change the situation. They did not make their own personal problem everyone else’s problem. Today we live in a world where we share too much and expect too much.

This past summer tragedy struck when Rosa Ayala-Goana fell to her death from a roller coaster in Arlington, Texas at the Six Flags Over Texas amusment park. Rosa, a large woman, complained about the safety bar which she felt wasn’t catching on the 14 story Texas Giant roller coaster. Instead of getting off, she went up and came down in the fashion of nightmare dreams where you’re flying until you hit the ground.

Rosa has not been the only person to come tumbling from a roller coaster in recent years. In 2011 an Army Veteran of Iraq fell from a New York coaster. Unlike Rosa, his problem was not his size but his lack. The man was missing both legs.

Increasingly ride guardians are having to turn more and more riders away. American’s sizes has changed much in the past 40-50 years and the one size fit all seat no longer works. Frustrated people who are turned away don’t seem to see the wisdom behind the park worker’s decison. They only know they’ve been turned away. They don’t realize that that man or woman could have just saved their life.

Several amusment parks have begun to post a two arms, two legs requirement. Others use what they’re calling “Sample seats,” to help the public understand. If you don’t fit, you can’t ride. It’s as simple as that. It’s important to know that the people at the park are on your side. They are doing this for your own good. Heed their advise. There really is a reason why they said, “No.”

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Chicago Tribune
Tuesday 7-23-13 Section 1, Page10
Wednesday 7-24-13 Section 2, Page 5