June 13, 2012- A man from Texas said Six Flags discriminated against him because he does not have any hands. The man went to Six Flags Over Texas and staff at the amusement park told him he would not be able to ride the roller coasters at the park because of his condition.
The man said he was in line for more than one hour on Friday, only to learn when he arrived at the Texas Giant gate that he could not ride it. Michael Green said he was furious and that it was the first time anything like this had every happened to him.
Green has not had any hands since he was just over a year old when his family’s home caught on fire and said he has learned over time how to cope without them. He said he is able to do everything but tie shoes. He knows how to cook, clean, drive and even write. He is able to type between 35 and 40 words per minute on a computer keyboard.
Green went to visit guest relations after learning from the staff of the park he could not ride the roller coaster. He was told by the staff at guest relations that he would not be able to ride anything.
He tried to explain to the park staff that he had been to the park as a youngster many times and had ridden all the rides. He said he even climbed walls and rode on zip-lines as his camp. The park declined to comment but issued a statement that said the ride rules are developed for the well-being and safety of their patrons and that they are reviewed occasionally for changes.