Globetrotters planning their next getaway be warned– if your schedule includes dressing as a ghost in a Taiwanese haunted house, some nasty injuries could be lying in wait just around the bend.
The Huffington Post reports that the days of theme park employees laughing at the looks of terror on their victims’ faces may be numbered. Whether the terrified patrons’ reactions are genuine or simply a free shot at reacting violently, the hapless actors posing as ghosts and other monsters on terror rides are not pleased with the recent trend in violent reactions many riders have resorted to.
The reactions made in the name of self-defense range from slapping and hitting, as a man who was protecting his girlfriend from a harmless actor dressed as a zombie would attest. Some acts are harder to cover with the excuse of self-preservation. One woman who works the ‘Horrorwood’ attraction at the Janfusun Amusement Park in Taiwan complained of frequently being touched provocatively on the hip by male visitors, an act which is hard to prevent in the dimly lit environment of the ride.
For now, administrators have granted paid leaves for employees who have been victims of abuse in their place of work. While these incidents bring to mind a well-known video that has been circling the net for some time, it appears the apparently uncontrollable actions of clients on these rides could have significant long-term consequences for those needed to make these terror rides what they are today.