The father of a girl who was chased by a character at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill. last year has filed a $30,000 lawsuit against the park.
Marian Pieczonka says his young daughter Natalie, whose age was not disclosed, was at the park on Oct. 9, 2011 for Fright Fest, when a character jumped out of a port-a-potty, shot her with a squirt gun and chased her, CBS Chicago reports. As the scared girl tried to run away, she fell and suffered scrapes and bruises.
Pieczonka blames the theme park for having employees chase patrons in the presence of tripping hazards.
Six Flags Great America spokeswoman Kathryn Enrique commented on the lawsuit Tuesday, "I can assure you that the safety and well-being of our guests and employees is our top priority," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
It turns out this type of lawsuit is not uncommon. A review of the 140 lawsuits filed against Southern California's Disneyland in the past five years found that, although there were suits regarding injuries from rollercoasters, the biggest cause of injury, by far, was simply from tripping. Near one-third of the cases involved someone tripping or slipping, the Orange County Register reported.