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I have been working at Merlin Entertainments as a contractor (Less than a year)
Lots of great discounts and other [job] benefits, flexible hours.
Apart from the fact it only pays min. wage, there is nothing wrong with the job or company, but I don't own my own car or home and it's expensive to live in the area just for the work, but like I said that isn't Merlin's fault, only mine.
Advice to Management
Firstly; DO NOT TEAR DOWN THE SMILER AT ALTON TOWERS, REOPEN SAW-THE RIDE AT THORPE PARK AND RATTLESNAKE AT CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES [I did not know that you had closed dragons fury at chessington until a colleague told me, I am glad is was not closed when I went there a few weeks ago]. Ok you should have questioned the safety of the ride - the Smiler - from day one when it had teething problems, but you fixed those issues and for the most part, it has operated very well since opening. The recent crash was, as far as I know, entirely down to human error and I'm sure the staff member - or members - responsible [for operating the ride at the time] feel very bad and sincerely sorry for the subsequent injuries suffered by the riders involved. I could not deal with the thought that my actions cost a young, fit and healthy woman her leg along with the other riders injuries - cuts, bruises, broken bones etc. Closing the two other rides, in my opinion, is completely unnecessary especially since rattlesnake has operated perfectly since opening in the late 1990's and Saw - the ride has never had any issues. The fact that Saw and Smiler are built by the same company, does not mean they have the same risk factor for crashing or breaking down in any way. I know what I'm talking about when it comes to rollercoasters, I do and have done, my research. If the rides that are closed at present remain so permanently, you will easily lose guests/customers and possibly revenue, and as a business you most likely do not want to lose money, since you have new and upcoming projects all over the world that need as much funding as possible. I hope that you make the right decision and open all the rides, taking into account that reopening them will ease any strain on all other rides at the parks aforementioned.
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