Although this was a tragic event, to viciously pursue the operators and owners in court is not going right any wrongs. I have learned that the operator, Tim Tutterrow, and the owner's son, Joshua Macaroni, are both being charged with multiple accounts of assault with a deadly weapon. While I understand that people were seriously injured and yes, someone should be held accountable, charges of this demeanor are too ambitious. The fair and the owners of the ride should take responsibility in the injuries and help the families through this tough time and be very public about it. The people of North Carolina should be aware of their efforts to prevent this situation from occurring again and that the fair has taken responsibility. However, pursuing the operator, and especially the owner's son as criminals that committed assault with a deadly weapon is excessive and too much. Focus should be on the families and helping them.
As someone who had never been to the N.C. State Fair, I was quite disturbed when I heard about the vortex incident. I attended the fair the day after the incident happened, and was genuinely afraid to get on rides. All I could do was imagine standing in line and seeing people being thrown off of the ride. I do not think that who ever was responsible for the incident was being malicious, and I do not think that they should be charged with assault, but someone does need to be held accountable for what happened. I am interested in seeing what happens when this finally reaches court.
I agree with the Commissioner's statement. An article posted about the event stated that the owner of the ride had malicious intent. In this case, it is appropriate and necessary to punish the people involved. I'm interested, however, on why the owner was thought to have tampered with the ride. If we knew this information, a clearer answer to this problem would become apparent.
This kind of thing is one of the main reasons why I don't like to go on rides. Mostly it is because I am scared of heights and don't like to be thrown around but the possibility that something could go wrong is another thing that deters me from going to the state fair. I know things like this happen by accident and it is awful but what I think is even more awful is that the ride was purposely tampered with. I believe that because there was malicious intent that I think that the people involved should be charged and punished. I think it is important for someone to take responsibility for what happened but it is more important for the people who got hurt to get the medical attention that they need to get better. The decrease in attendance does not come as a shock to me and I wonder if there will be any decrease next year.