My GF and I attended Knott's opening night, last Friday, Sept. 21......I fully understand, by purchasing a ticket, I am, for all intents and purposes, "allowing" myself to be "scared." I am NOT, by any means, going to "hit an employee," merely because he or she has "scared" myself, or anyone in my party. After all, I bought a ticket TO be scared. That IS the purpose.......
HOWEVER, within a few minutes of opening, one of the "Tricksters" came up, BEHIND me, and "knocked" my map out of my hands. Realizing, this IS a Haunt, I dismissed this action. I am NOT a confrontational, or violent person...........we laughed it off, albeit, drudgingly.
PLEASE, do scare us, but, you DO NOT have to become so aggressive. As my GF and myself continued approaching the park, yet again, this Trickster came up behind us, SCREAMED in my GF's ear, and proceeded to verbally attack her, in a very offensive way (I won't elaborate on specifically WHAT this pumpkin head actually said)...... AGAIN, we dismissed it as "Haunt Tactics," even though these comments WERE quite offensive. I am not, by any means, a bad ***, but, in any other social environment, as her BF, if anyone else had made these comments to her, I would have busted them across the chops.
We chose to linger in Ghost Town for a few minutes, you know to appreciate Ghost Town talent, AND, to get our psyche prepped for the rest of the park. HOWEVER, this person, for whatever reason, chose to torment us. I GET IT, it IS Haunt, that IS why we paid our $$$$ to attend.......but yet, this Pumpkin Head got, in our opinion, a bit waaay too close to us, as in a mere few inches......and he (or she) insisted on throwing our some very offensive verbal attacks.
I have read on facebook and twitter, other complaints about the tricksters, ie knocking food out of patrons hands, etc. We DID bring this to the attention of a security guard, who told us, "That's what you paid for."
I find it hard to argue that point, but I DID NOT pay to have my GF verbally assaulted. Scare us, jump out at us, whatever, but Christ, this person seemed a bit overly aggressive, and hellbent. Call us wimps, but this person DID seem intent on crossing the line.............We WANT the scares, but we did NOT pay to be verbally assaulted. There IS a fine line, between SCARES and VERBAL assaults.
Based upon messages I have read elsewhere, apparently we are not the only "victims." I actually called Knott's GUEST RELATIONS the next day (after being on hold after a good 80-minutes), and they told me, "Well, it IS a Haunt, you do know what you are getting into." I told them, "Yes, in regards to SCARES, I GET IT, but I did not pay nearly 80 bucks, for my girlfriend to receive disrespect, and sexual verbal harassment."
Does anyone else have similar stories? AM I being too much of a wimp? I HAVE been attending since 1986, and, despite the magnificent scares I have received, over the years, I have NEVER encountered myself, or anyone in my party, being verbally assaulted in such a way.
SCARES are one thing, but knocking food out of patrons hands (as I have heard of), and making sexually crude comments to females, is just, simply, way beyond the boundaries of a FUN scare.