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Before opening to the public in 2014, Verrückt did not have netting covering the flume. Mike Taylor, a spokesman for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., said it insisted on adding the netting to the top.
I think it was lack of parks maintenance not some tax break for Kansas, but I digress.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
This makes me sick to my stomach. This stupid "water park" has been 'in the works' for 8 years now.
Their ridiculous "world's tallest water slide" has been abortively opened several times.
Last week a little kid - a ten-year-old - was killed due to ineffective safety restraint systems.
HOW does this happen?
Oh. Wait - I know how it happens! Schlitterbahn is promised millions in tax benefits (paying no taxes) if they build their park in Kansas. So they do. It was a grand scheme, a lovely plan ----- I've been paying attention to it since 2008, and it's STILL not totally open.
But anyway - they built the Verruckt (or whatever). Never mind the other stuff.....they get visitors. So - this water slide.
Kid and two women who were strangers to him. Their raft flies off the ride.....the kid's 'neck injury' results in his death (some say "he was decapitated").
THIS IS KANSAS. Kansas offered Schlitterbahn this fantastic incentive to build their park here ---- promising NO OVERSIGHT worth mentioning!!! Yay!
So - protracted construction project goes on for years ------ fallow some years, bustling during others ---------- the "water slide" went up first.
IT STILL DOES NOT WORK RIGHT.
"KANSAS" inspectors are in charge.
You see? You see what happens when private companies are given tax breaks and not inspected or regulated?
Because, Amusement parks aren't under Federal Regulation. NOPE. It is the fault of KANSAS "regulation" and "inspection" that this adorable kid is now DEAD.
Weight of riders in fatal Schlitterbahn accident was within limits, according to police report
The three people riding the raft involved in the death of an Olathe boy at Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park, weighed a total of 545 pounds, according to Kansas City, Kan., police.
video from KC Star
Yeah. This adorable kid was killed (either decapitated or from a "neck injury") riding this damn thing.
The video gives a very good explanation about how lax has been the oversight, inspection process, etc. And why is this such a big deal?
That kid (God love ya, Caleb) was the son of one of our State legislators who promote such crap.
Gave the company a tax break and promised a blind eye. MANY years later, aborted "openings". Now, a kid has died. HOW LONG are we supposed to say "this is fine....meh....stupid kid...."
No. This is not okay.
Kansas under Brownback has failed, has so miserably failed. We residents are still treading water somehow, though ------- *blows emergency whistle*
Not more than a couple of weeks ago, we voted a lot of those people OUT OF TOPEKA......
Kid is dead. "Business favors" and 'brotherhood handshakes' are NOT OKAY.
Anyway - maybe this should be in rant, but I'm putting it here. It is yet more fallout from the debacle of Brownback's stupidity....
in fact, last week he denied it was even about his policies!
Brownback in election denial
Our editorial last Sunday asked whether Gov. Sam Brownback would listen to voters and be willing to change course. An interview he did recently made clear the answer is “no.”
I'm just going to leave this here. And see if anyone is actually paying attention.
Permanent rides in Kansas must be “self-inspected” annually by a qualified inspector, with the state conducting random audits of the resulting inspection records. A document released this week by the state Department of Labor showed all of Schlitterbahn’s rides passed private inspections on June 7.
Among the states with no state oversight are Mississippi, Alabama, Nevada, South Dakota and Utah, according to the amusement park association.
The Kansas law allows local officials to impose safety requirements, but Wyandotte County only checks rides when they’re constructed to see whether building codes have been followed.
Political Statistics for Wyandotte, KS Democrat Percentage : 69.440% [The percentage of the population that is registered as a Democrat.] Republican Percentage : 28.750% [The percentage of the population that is registered as a Republican.] Independent Other Percentage : 1.808% [The percentage of the population that is registered with an Independent Party.]
originally posted by: bobs_uruncle
Well, just think, 545lbs minus what, 80lbs for a 10 year old. 465lbs for the pair of women, he was riding with altogether 2 very heavy woman. Someone wasn't paying attention.
The state’s current law, the Kansas Amusement Ride Act, provides little government oversight of amusement rides. It requires owners of the rides to inspect them and make inspection reports available to the Kansas Department of Labor. Though the law grants KDOL the authority to conduct its own inspections, the state did not inspect Verruckt during the two years it was open.
Failure to regulate an amusement park is only ONE OF THE THINGS he has done.
You are telling me not to blame a Dominionist Right-wing Conservative governor who has SLASHED public spending on education, mental health services, and infrastructure for the fact that lax oversight resulted in this kid's death?
Don't you blame Obama for everything you can think of? That Schlitterbahn Park has been a problem from the day it was announced it would be opening