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to think Adults swearing at a teenage who can't retaliate are bullying scum

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MadamArcatiAgain Wed 22-Jul-15 21:06:13

My DS2 has a summer job at a theme park.Often he has to tell people their children can't ride because they are too small.There is a sign before the start of the queue to say how tall you have to be and a measure marking the minimum heights for that ride.DS is in Y12- not 17 yet.The standard lie is 'oh well he was allowed to ride on it before and he was fine'. When DS insists (as all the staff do) that the height restrictions are non-negotiable, he is treated to being called 'F***ing wanker,bastard,arsehole, shit etc. by adults (parents) in their 20s and 30s and 40s, Which leaves DS feeling really shaken up and there are no other staff nearby (although he can radio for assistance in an emergency)
Another time he refused to let a teenaged girl paralysed from the chest down, on a particular ride which requires riders to have enough core strength to brace ) and her dad called DS disablist and threatened to punch him in the fu**ing face.Fortunately on that ride there are more, and older staff present.But WTF what sort of person terrifies speaks to a 16 yr old child like that?
Something nice last week though some visitors called at Visitor services to say how calmly and maturely DS had handled a stroppy customer

AnneTwacky Wed 22-Jul-15 21:39:26

Don't have any advice but just wanted to say, well done to your DS for keeping those idiots' poor kids safe.

SueBigFatSue Wed 22-Jul-15 21:45:15

They're arseholes. And one day, they'll do the same to someone who is an even bigger arsehole and the tables will turn smile
He can't win. If he lets an under-height child on (not that he would) and the worst happened, who would be up shit creek without a paddle? DS, never the parents who insist. No, they'll just be first in line for compensation and petitioning to get him sent down for it.

Anyway, he should just blissfully ignore and sleep well at night, knowing he's not a knob.

crustsaway Wed 22-Jul-15 21:48:52

Its called dealing with the general public and no it's not nice.

You can't control others all you can do is control what YOU do when faced with arsehole scumbags.

Sounds like you've got a great son there.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 22-Jul-15 21:49:26

Fully agree They're arse holes
What I would also want to know though if this were my child what are other staff members doing whilst this is going on.

5Foot5 Wed 22-Jul-15 21:49:42

God I think that behaviour is awful and people who speak like that to any of the staff should be escorted from the premises by security. What is wrong with these people that they think it is OK for them to speak to other people like that.

The park management really shouldn't tolerate that sort of behaviour towards their staff.

exLtEveDallasNoBollocks Wed 22-Jul-15 21:55:15

I've see people acting like that at our fair. It's horrible. Thankfully the owners have a number of 'big' blokes employed that wander round the site and I've seen them step in a few times.

At the very least the fair owners/senior management should have rules stating that abusive customers will be removed. It may stop a few in their tracks.

UncertainSmile Wed 22-Jul-15 21:55:39

Having worked with them for nearly 30 years, I can say that the general public are a fucking pain in the arse. Your poor lad is only doing his job.

Singleandproud Wed 22-Jul-15 21:59:26

It's certainly unpleasant that that happens to your young son but I don't think it's so much to do with his age although he is doing well to deal with it. My mum in her 50s was a checkout supervisor at a supermarket and regularly got things thrown at her, spat on and sworn at. Normally for not allowing parents to buy their children alcohol. The general public can be disgusting!

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