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15 minutes ago, TheRickster said:

That article even states they are going after members of the construction company that built it.

Kinda. The construction company is in house for the water park, and is only there to build and design the park's rides. It's Henry and Sons Construction Company. They really are going after the overall company, owners, and designers. 

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No amount will ever replace their son.  I feel awful for this family.  I cannot imagine their grief.

This has made me realize that it may not be coincidental that certain parks that are well-known for record breaking attractions have avoided breaking any records when it comes to water park attraction

The difference is that a rider will not be injured on The Beast unless they disobey posted safety instructions. Verruckt was capable of injuring, and did severely injure, riders who were following all

On 4/3/2018 at 11:48 PM, fryoj said:

Kinda. The construction company is in house for the water park, and is only there to build and design the park's rides. It's Henry and Sons Construction Company. They really are going after the overall company, owners, and designers. 

Ah I must have missed that part.

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This has turned into nothing more than a witch hunt, absurd.  Schlitterbahn is one of highest regarded(or atleast was) waterpark chains in the country and has decades of experience designing and building slides. 

I ain’t saying someone shouldn’t be held accountable for the accident but it isn’t like they just designed it in RollerCoaster Tycoon and opened it. 

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A 168 tall water slide with an up hill part not even a third of the height in a vehicle which has no way of staying on the slide (such as upstop wheels)?  Sounds pretty close to a RCT ride that you'd design if you wanted to kill the guests.  Sure they added magnets and height to the uphill portion, but that sure didn't do enough.  Even boats launching off the slide didn't prevent it from opening.  That's just sheer negligence.  

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21 minutes ago, RollerNut said:

This has turned into nothing more than a witch hunt, absurd.  Schlitterbahn is one of highest regarded(or atleast was) waterpark chains in the country and has decades of experience designing and building slides. 

I ain’t saying someone shouldn’t be held accountable for the accident but it isn’t like they just designed it in RollerCoaster Tycoon and opened it. 

The indictment can be read here. It’s worth reading, especially before commenting on this. Schlitterbahn might be highly regarded, but that doesn’t mean that they didn’t negligently design and operate Verruckt. 

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58 minutes ago, RollerNut said:

I ain’t saying someone shouldn’t be held accountable for the accident but it isn’t like they just designed it in RollerCoaster Tycoon and opened it.

As @silver2005 explained, that's actually a very accurate analogy to what really happened. Please read the indictment all the way through before jumping to conclusions. There is a ton of eye-opening stuff in that document.

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1 hour ago, RollerNut said:

This has turned into nothing more than a witch hunt, absurd.  Schlitterbahn is one of highest regarded(or atleast was) waterpark chains in the country and has decades of experience designing and building slides. 

I ain’t saying someone shouldn’t be held accountable for the accident but it isn’t like they just designed it in RollerCoaster Tycoon and opened it. 

 

The Weinstein Company was highly regarded till the world found out what a douchebag Harvey was. 

 

And they completely skipped the engineering on the ride and ignored the experts who told them it was dangerous. Reading the indictment, they actually might have been better off using RCT to design it. 

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Other articles from the same paper:

May 22: Audit of Schlitterbahn water park finds many violations ahead of May 25 opening: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article211685544.html

May 23: Schlitterbahn disputes audit, won't open rides until concerns are 'fully addressed': http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article211790889.html

May 25: Schlitterbahn opens in KCK today, but 11 rides remain closed: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article211897439.html

The May 23 article contains perhaps the worst part:

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Schlitterbahn's seven-page letter written by its lawyers requested that the agency withdraw its report by May 24. Failing that, the company indicated it would consider "seeking relief from a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent KDOL from taking further unlawful action In this matter."

The letter from lawyers representing Schlitterbahn strenuously criticized the way the Kansas Department of Labor conducted its audit.

The letter said regulators inspected the park before it was ready to open to the public and ignored the parameters of the Kansas Amusement Park Act.

"In doing so, it has created a false impression in the community and indeed, nationwide, that Schlitterbahn Waterpark is operating its Kansas City park in an unsafe manner," Schlitterbahn's letter said. "This appears to be nothing more than a malicious effort on the part of the State to stir up unfounded fear and cast doubt on this company in the wake of the tragic accident in 2016."

"False impression" of "operating [...] in an unsafe manner"? "Malicious"? "Unfounded fear"?

I have no further comment, except to say that you won't find me at Schlitterbahn for a VERY long time. If ever.

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40 minutes ago, Tera Ryzing said:

Didn't Jeff siebert use to work for Schlitterbahn?

Surprised the lawmaker hasn't tried to outlaw water slides.

my condolences.

He did. How bads a place gotta be for you to end up at Six Flags. xD

Also random fact Craig Ross, PKIs Pre-CF GM is the CEO for Herschend Family Entertainment (Dollywood, silver dollar city etc.) now.

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Been a while since there was an update here.

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/will-schlitterbahn-open-this-year-kck-waterpark-shows-no-signs-of-activity

A few things of note from this article and articles it links to:

One, all criminal charges were dismissed in February due to abuses by the prosecutor in the grand jury process, namely use of inadmissible evidence.

Two, Schlitterbahn Kansas City stated in August in a Facebook comment that all 2018 season pass holders would get a free 2019 pass, after complaints of unusually high amounts of downtime.

Three, Schlitterbahn Kansas City appears to have decided to not open at all in 2019. I checked their website, which simply says "Check back for 2019 tickets", and clicking on the buttons to buy tickets or season passes does nothing. Other locations appear to be operating normally. The Kansas City location's Facebook page has also been dormant since October.

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The KCK government is hopeful the park will "come under new ownership and branding, and will open next summer." https://www.kctv5.com/news/schlitterbahn-water-park-in-kck-appears-unlikely-to-open/article_d9863b0c-70ed-11e9-a88b-cf2e585c9f16.html

However, according to another local news source, buildings at the park have been used for police training, and "the condition of the inside of those buildings indicates the water park will not be reopening." https://fox4kc.com/2019/04/22/with-just-weeks-until-summer-it-doesnt-look-like-schlitterbahn-will-open-in-2019/

Menards is building a new store on land originally intended for Schlitterbahn expansion. https://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/news/2019/04/08/menards-schlitterbahn-legends-outlets.html

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