Thursday, January 03, 2019

'English Only Warning Signs' Trigger Lawsuit Against Universal Orlando Theme Park

I gather that English is still the only official language in the USA so that should be a defence

Two years after their 38-year-old father sustained a deadly heart attack after going on the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride at the Universal Orlando theme park, the family has decided to file a lawsuit against Universal Orlando Resort in a Florida court.

The Guatemalan family, who speaks predominantly Spanish, claims that their father, Jose Calderon Arana, didn’t speak English and had prior heart problems. They filed suit in the name of a "wrongful death lawsuit," which claimed in part that Universal was negligent and careless by "not displaying warning signs in Spanish."

The lawsuit goes on to state that, “Universal was aware of the great number of tourists on their premises who do not speak English.”

The lawsuit and reports indicate that Calderon Arana, the father, wasn't feeling great prior to lining up for the ride and his wife believed he had an "upset stomach."

While the father sat on a bench after the ride, he became faint, collapsed, and was taken to the hospital where he later died. The family in the lawsuit states there was a delayed response to their father passing out from medical personnel at the theme park.

According to the lawsuit, a sign at the entrance of the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride states in English, "Warning! This ride is an expedition through the rough terrain of King Kong’s natural habitat. The movement of the truck is dynamic with sudden accelerations, dramatic tilting, and jarring actions."

The ride has a sign posted in English with accompanying diagrams that warns riders that “people with heart conditions or abnormal blood pressure, back or neck conditions, and expectant mothers” should not go on the ride, according to the report.

The lawsuit contends that the signs with warnings on them should be in multiple languages due to Universal's vast draw of vacationers from around the globe.

The now popular Universal ride, "Skull Island" was opened half of the year prior to the death of Calderon Arana in 2016.



Anonymous said...

English is close to a universal language. There should have been at least one person in the group who could read English.

Menoichius said...

Also, if they claimed he had no prior heart problems, how would a warning about those with heart problems have helped them at all?

Anonymous said...

It ALSO has warning IMAGES for those who don't speak English. That's what the "accompanying diagrams" bit in the story tells you but of course is phrased to disguise that simple fact because of the greed of this family and the lawyer who stands to collect a huge fee.

Dean said...

They learned quickly one path to wealth in the United States - get a lawyer and sue!
Whatever you do, don't learn the language of this country, force everyone else to learn your language.

Bird of Paradise said...

If they don't like it when it says English Only then they can just stay away or just go back where they came from

Anonymous said...

Should the sign be posted in Chinese, Korean, German, French, Italian, etc? Then they would complain that it was hard to read because too many languages.