COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A metro Atlanta man said he was embarrassed and outraged when he was kicked off a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia because he only has one leg.
Torrence Bellamy was excited to ride the Goliath roller coaster when he visited the Cobb County theme park last month with his fraternity. He stood in line for more than an hour, but as he was in his seat and the ride was about to take off, he was approached by a worker.
“And she was like, 'You can’t ride this ride. No, you’ve got a fake leg,'” Bellamy said. “Some people were booing. Some folks were laughing. Made me feel bad.”
Bellamy complained to park management about what happened and how insensitive the worker was. He said he was puzzled because he had just ridden Goliath last year.
“I rode every ride in the park last year with no problem,” Bellamy said.
In May, the park changed its guide to rides and attractions posted on the Six Flags website. The update says prosthetic devices are not permitted on rides, and specifies that you must have two legs and feet and at least one arm to ride several of the main attractions, including Goliath.
“Guests with certain disabilities are prohibited from some rides and attractions to ensure their safety. Our disability policies are customized by ride and include manufacturers’ guidelines and requirements of the Federal American Disabilities Act,” a park official said in a statement.
Bellamy said the policy needs to change.
“They need to make accommodations on their coasters for people who have disabilities like that,” Bellamy said.
Bellamy said he filed a formal complaint with the Department of Justice. At the very least, he believes there needs to be more sensitivity training to address the policy.