Hand-less Man Sues After Six Flags Won't Let Him Ride

Even though Clint Bench had gone on ride before
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2013 12:21 PM CST
Hand-less Man Sues After Six Flags Won't Let Him Ride
A ride is seen at a Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas.   (AP Photo/Six Flags Over Texas, File)

A Texas amusement park enthusiast who was born without hands is suing Six Flags for refusing to let him onto a ride. Clint Bench alleges that last May a Six Flags Over Texas employee wouldn't let him on the Aquaman Splashdown (a variation on the classic log flume). When he complained, management told him Six Flags policy required riders to "have at least one fully formed arm all the way down to the fingers" to ride, according to the Dallas Observer.

Bench was chagrined, given that he'd ridden the ride before. According to the Observer, Six Flags didn't have any such published policy at the time; it showed up in an updated riders' guide four months later. The old policy only required a rider to be able to grasp, which Bench is capable of—he can even do pull-ups, shoot a gun, and ride a mountain bike. He's asking for unspecified damages, saying he was discriminated against under the Americans With Disabilities Act. (More Six Flags stories.)

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