April 27, 2006

And the tour company was hired to do what exactly?

Yeesh. Talk about a bummer

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Four bus loads of students from O'Brien Middle School made the four-hour trip to Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, Calif., only to find the amusement park's gates locked Monday. The school-sponsored trip was supposed to reward top students.

"It was pretty much a fiasco," said Washoe County School District spokesman Steve Mulvenon. "They ended up wasting a day that those kids could have better spent in class or doing what they were going to do at the park."

School officials said the $50 fee will be refunded, and the tour company that arranged the trip has agreed to pay for the next one. "The tour company neglected to check the schedule," Mulvenon said.

"It is just a bummer for the kids," said parent Jeff Wood. "Now, they will have to wait another month to go and a lot of the kids might not be able to go then."

Principal Scott Grange said the school was even given printed tickets with Monday's date on them.

"But shame on us for not checking," he said.

Posted by Tuning Spork at April 27, 2006 02:15 PM | TrackBack

Awwww, poor kiddies have to wait a month to go to the park. Poor kiddies.
Give me a fluggin break!
If that's the worst day, the biggest disappointment, the longest wait for what they want that these tender hearted spoiled brats have to endure then they should be thankful that all is well, all can be corrected with a phone call. Maybe the lesson to be learned is GROW UP!
Puh-leez. I mean the article is all about how difficult this is for the kids. The tour company messed up and is doing what is expected to make it up to the kids who will get ANOTHER day off from school and enjoy the park just the same. I'm guessing that the park isn't usually closed on mondays but even if it is, mistakes happen and it's being handled professionally.
This isn't my usual stance since I have blasted the heck out of companies for less but I just got a ping-pang in my gut reading about the kids horrrrrrrible day. It seems rather unfair to give bad press to a company who fixed their mistake. I save that for the obnoxious customer service reps who tell me "Sorry, it's company policy that if we screw up you still have to pay" It's called justice.

Posted by: lawruhgil at April 27, 2006 05:16 PM

huh. That was unwarranted from my reading of the article. No one needs Vacation supersized to learn that life is sometimes hard. Everyone is loosing there.

Posted by: Edith at April 28, 2006 12:27 AM
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