Family Kicked Out Of Lake Winnie Amusement Park

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/28/2012 12:07 pm
Pills are what Crystal Dillard, says, help get her by.

Dillard adds, "I just want my good days to be good."

Diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2001, Dillard says she is far from being in remission anymore.

In fact, she says she is now terminally ill, the cancer has spread to her brain, liver, and female organs.

But pushing the pain aside, Dillard says she took her 13-year-old to Lake Winnepesaukah to help celebrate his last day of school.

Dillard adds, "I want him to be able to have memories that don't involve me being sick."

Dillard admits taking three different prescribed medications before going into the park with her family.

However, after three rides, she says she was told by a security officer to leave.

Dillard adds, "He jerked the cup out of my hand and asked me what I was drinking, and I replied it was only Cola, and he smelled it."

Now, the public relations director did not confirm that is what the security officer did in fact say and do, bbut did say Dillard was slurring her words, stumbling, and yes, asked to leave.

Talley Green, with Lake Winnie, says, "We obviously could not determine what type of substance she was on, so for her safety, and for the safety of the guests in the park, we asked her to leave the park."

Talley Green says their policy is very strict, no one under the influence of drugs or alcohol is allowed in.

Dillard says, "I couldn't believe they didn't ask for medical records, they didn't ask for a doctors opinion, they asked me to leave."

Dillards boyfriend adds, "Absolutely uncalled for."

This family says they are humiliated, and not looking to be reinbursed.

Dillard adds, "I just don't want it to happen to anyone else."

Lake Winnie says they stand by their policies.

Dillard did file a report with police.

Park officials say neither a rain check or refund will be given out.
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CombatingIgmos - 6/12/2012 7:27 PM
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The security guard absolutely made the right call. If I saw a woman stumbling, slurring her words, and by all intents and purposes acting under the influence, then saw security not do something about it, I would be more than annoyed. A family-friendly park shouldn't allow in anybody so under the influence of ANY substance, legal or not, that they cannot even walk a straight line. As for the woman saying medical records should have been asked for, that is even more ludacris. How many people carry full medical records around with them? Definitely not enough for it to be a standard question for a security guard. Put yourself in the guard's shoes, which is more likely: A woman who, having taken medicine for 10+ years for a disease, still hasn't adjusted her dosage enough to walk a straight line, or a woman who snuck a bit of alcohol into the park in her purse?

vgates81 - 5/27/2012 4:44 PM
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I believe it! 7 of us went together on Friday May 25th and as we have in the past brought a cooler and our lunch with us so we could use the parks picnic tables, a feature that we truly enjoy. As I was buying tickets at the gate with my Father-In-Law the lady looked behind us at my hubby, Mother-in-Law and children noticing our chicken from KFC and Mrs. Winners. She said "They wont let you in the park with that because they consider it advertising." So I asked if we get rid of the boxes if we can just rearrange the cooler so we can get the chicken itself in and she said yes just the boxes have to go. So I told my husband and he pulled the cooler out of the line to the side to comply. As he was doing so and the girl was processing our money and ride bands a guy walks over and starts harassing him about the boxes. He explained the lady at ticketing told us and he was getting the chicken in the cooler so the boxes could be thrown away. The guy then started to threaten him with security and kept repeating these items are advertising and generally making everyone in line stare by making a scene himself. My Father-In-Law walked over and managed to get him to lay-off. Meanwhile the line was piling up because the guy wouldn't let my husband come over to get his arm-band. Finally the guy left us alone and we got the band and sorted the chicken and stuffed it in the cooler and I walked the boxes back to my car while my family found a picnic table. I could not believe they would treat their guests this way honestly. There was nowhere that we were pre-warned about restaurant containers. If we had been, we would have prepared. We feel they treated us like we purposely came to advertise these companies and instead of being polite and apologetic for inconveniencing us, they acted like we (paying customers) were a problem.
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