While most of us expect the thrills of an amusement park to be the rides, but for the workers, it's the disgusting, confusing and downright terrifying things they've found and seen on the job. Sometimes they were amused with these finds, yet others they were definitely not.
The Poo Bandit.
“My friend manages a smaller retail store on the main strip of an amusement park, I manage a store across the way. One day he called me into his store to find a human s–t just sitting in the middle of the floor. The guest had even gone as far as to put one of the tall novelty wizard hats we sell over top of the poo to cover it up. I’m not sure how they were able to poo in the middle of the store without anyone noticing, but they did. The next day he called me over again, even more distraught than before. Not only had someone s–t in the exact same place again, but they put wizard hats in a circle around the poo. We never found out how or why, but that wizard hat circle of s–t is the funniest thing I’ve seen in my life to this day.” (Source).
Do You See It?
“We didn’t find it but we stopped a rollercoaster briefly to have maintenance look around for a guest’s glass eyeball that fell out during his ride.” (Source).
Hopefully He Wore A Helmet.
“I worked as a lifeguard in California’s Raging Waters. It was REALLY easy to break into the park at night. There’s one really steep, really tall ride called Dropout that’s famous for two reasons: 1) it’s scary as f–k when it’s your first time because your back doesn’t touch the slide for a second and you free-fall and 2) girls lose their tops on it all the time. Well, one early morning, a group of us are doing a quick clean before the park opens. We go to Dropout and find MOTHERF–KING BMX TIRE TRACKS GOING DOWN THE SLIDE. Which would have been cool if there wasn’t a DRIED PUDDLE OF BLOOD AND MOTHERF–KING TEETH LAYING AT THE BOTTOM. There was a trail of blood leading back to the fence where you could sneak out of the park.” (Source).
Sock It To Ya.
“I found a backpack with like 100 old socks in it after the park closed one night. All of the socks were black.” (Source).
Don’t Poke The Furry Thing.
“Working a water coaster ride. I’m at the loading station and people tend to leave stuff behind like bags because of the possibility of losing them on the ride. So one day, there is this thing, I don’t know what the hell it is. But it is this weird looking slothy fur thing and it has been sitting at the ride now for maybe an hour or so. Can’t tell if this thing is moving or if the water splashing up from the ride is giving this the appearance of moving. Supervisor comes and gets a broom stick and begins to prod this hairy thing on the floor. It doesn’t seem to be moving. He begins to try to roll it over and prod it. While this is happening, some riders on a log are coming into the loading station. A heavy set woman yells, ‘hey!’…. She then stands up while log is still moving and yells, ‘hey!!!!!! what are you doin!?! Stop poking at my hair piece!!’ My supervisor looks up immediately and runs away.'” (Source).
Free The Girls!
“Worked at LaRonde in Montreal a few years back. We had trouble with a clogged toilet. Finally brought the big guns in, the plumber pulled out half a bra. Who flushes down a bra???” (Sounds).
This Is So Tragic.
“I worked on Raptor as the person doing the spieling. There was a long wait and I saw someone was talking to my team leader so I went over to see how I could help. Turns out the two guests felt that they hit something with their feet. I offered to do a track walk with my team leader. She was looking up at the track and I was looking down under it. (Gore warning) That’s when I saw a man’s dead body half decapitated. The top half of his head was splattered all over the rocks while his body lied there still breathing. I watched its breathing stop. He was trying to get his cellphone…it was in his hand.” (Source).
“One year someone kept hiding little pictures of Bob Hope. I found one in an ice bucket. They were found on rides. In cash registers. In gardens. For the entire summer Bob Hope would turn up when you least expected it. This was at Idlewild in Pennsylvania.” (Source).
Sounds Like More Than A Power Nap.
“I worked in a video arcade at an amusement park. We were shutting down for the night and I went to a corner to turn out the lights. There was a passed out teenager behind a video game. He was so out, it took four guys to carry him to the security station.” (Source).
“I worked in merchandise loss prevention. I could not go home until all the cash was turned in at night. One night I was just waiting for the last bag to be turned in. I got fed up and went to the stand. I loosened the canvas and walked in on two employees having sex. I just grabbed the cash bag, said, ‘I’m turning this in, next time turn in your money before having sex,’ and left. I never reported them, I didn’t really care. I was just pissed that I was 20 minutes late leaving because of them.” (Source).
“Cleaning out the picnic shelter in the park I came across a cooler left behind. I was curious so I opened it up. The first thing that hit me was the smell. I can’t even describe it. It was a cooler full of vomit. Like, A LOT of vomit. One of the most disgusting things I have ever seen.” (Source).
On The Verge Of Disaster.
“My dad was a mechanic at Universal Studios in Orlando the first 5 years it was open. Some of his top stories include: 3 drunken Spanish guys some how got out of the restraints and were hood surfing the back to the future cars. The cars are 20+ ft in the air for the ride. A bunch of Japanese tourists thought earthquake was real. They jumped out of the tram, ran one direction and were almost torched by flame throwers. So then they ran the other direction and were almost swept off the track in to the machinery by the flood water. In the first month of King Kong the gorilla malfunctioned and swung it’s arm all the way inside the tram. Everyone ducked and thought it was awesome. It operated with a 1/2 ton piston, it would have crushed a human like a bug. They spent 10s of thousands $ a week on banana smell for that ride.” (Source).
Joey Loves The Rides!
“Ride areas are filled with strange things: airplane keys, a glass eye, a lemon juice bottle filled with red wine (you know, the one shaped like a lemon). Also, someone once smuggled a baby kangaroo into the park hidden in a baby stroller. Luckily, the joey was found before the park closed.” (Source).
Yup, Definitely Don’t Want To Know.
“My BIL found a stash of baby dolls in a backpack once. They were all naked and most had their heads removed and then replaced with a head that obviously didn’t belong to that doll. The front pocket made it even creepier. He found a box cutter and a small Tupperware container full of what he assumed was fake blood. I didn’t want to know the rest of the story.” (Source).
What A Day Indeed.
“Zoo employee here. We received a report that someone had hopped a barrier and slapped the Tiger’s ass through the bars. Luckily, the tiger didn’t give a damn and went back to sleep, but this was not long after the whole Harambe thing in Cincinnati so we took it pretty seriously. Security chased him and was able to snatch the backpack off his back, but he slipped out of it and got away. When we opened the backpack there was nothing but a very large kitchen knife, a crusty t-shirt, a fake Gucci belt, 4 cell phones all with shattered screens, and about an eighter of weed. I can only imagine what his day was like leading up to that moment.” (Source).
Going Out On A Limb.
“I was working security in the parking lot one day and was driving along by the fence next to one of the rides. Out of the corner of my eye I see an object fly through the air towards a group of vehicles and so I start checking by the cars. Looking around I see what appears to be a severed leg sticking out from one of the cars. I start to freak out thinking something horrible has just happened and so I get down and have a closer look and I’m relieved to see that it’s a very realistic prosthetic leg. About the same time radio dispatch calls another officer to the ride I was by about a guest in need of assistance with a lost item. Something clicked in my head so I call the other officer that I was nearby and was pretty sure I had found the missing item in question. When I get to the unloading area the rides employee is laughing and just pointing towards a guest. Walk around the corner and see a guy with a one leg hopping around talking with another employee. He sees me holding the leg and you can tell he is instantly relieved and starts hopping my way. I listened to his story and was collecting information from him and then he asked why i needed to get his name and address. I explained that it was standard policy in case of any litigation later. I said you might decide to sue us later, but we would need the prosthetic as evidence and that he probably wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in court. I laughed, he looked at me like I was stupid. 1010 would dad joke again.” (Source).
He Was Definitely Thunderstruck.
“A co-worker found an employee in the bathroom passed out. His face was covered in blood. We found out later that when he went to use the bathroom a guest beat the s–t out of him after he told the guest he most likely wouldn’t get his money back because all the rides were shutdown due to F–KING LIGHTING in the area.” (Source).
Bird Smuggling At Its Finest.
“I was loading my ride like nobody’s business and suddenly hear a call out over the radio that a guest had captured a bird and was taking it with her on rides and stowing it in her purse throughout the day. We only discovered this because some annoyed guests told on her as she was in line for our ride. So we sent the supervisor out to speak to the guest, turns out that it wasn’t a bird found in the park it was found on a coastal city in Florida and brought into the park actually making it through the bag checks and everything. We ended up taking responsibility for the bird and giving it to Horticulture. Needless to say I think that’s the strangest thing I’ve seen brought into a park by far.” (Source).
No Laughing Matter.
“I worked Parade Audience Control at Magic Kingdom several years ago and we had some interesting moments. One day we were called over to setup a perimeter around a trash can in front of the Confectionery on Main Street and advised that we were awaiting security to clear an abandoned package. Turns out someone had taped a bunch of wires to an old VHS camera along with some random electronics to make it appear as though a bomb had been placed in one of the trash receptacles prior to a parade. It was inert obviously and was disposed of, however we took it as a penetration test and bumped up security immediately. Needless to say we were on edge the rest of the week.” (Source).
Employee Of The Month.
“FBI badge, ID card, and handgun. The agent was extremely relieved to know we hadn’t called the local FBI office to report what we had found.” (Source).
What Else To Do While Waiting?
“More condoms than you would believe, in lines. If you’ve ridden the Volcano at Kings Dominion, people be getting it on in the line.” (Source).
Those Must Have Been Some Tall Shrubs.
“I worked at Alton Towers for a summer and there is an area of the park with woodland and nice gardens to walk around. At the end of the summer period the park decided to replant a whole section, tore down a row of shrubs to find 5 pitched tents and inside was documents for working at the park and old names tags and things, and the best part about it was this was in 2004 and the documents were dated back to 1995, it looked like a group of immigrants got jobs but had no where to live.” (Source).
A Word Of Caution.
“People like to spread ashes on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland. We don’t wait until the park closes to clean that up because they count as a biohazard, so custodians stop the ride, suck it up with a vacuum and unceremoniously throw them out. Don’t scatter ashes where people have to keep spaces clean folks! Your loved ones will just end up in the trash.” (Source).