Great America Sued Over Homophobic Slur On Photo

SANTA CLARA (CBS/AP) — Two men are suing California’s Great America amusement park in Santa Clara after they claimed employees posted a photograph of them with a caption labeling them with a homophobic slur.

According to the complaint filed Monday, Craig Person and Edmund Yang were photographed holding hands on a roller coaster at Great America in August 2008.

According to the complaint, their friend later saw the photo displayed on a counter at another ride after someone had added a bubble caption containing the slur.

The plaintiffs’ attorney said the San Jose men initially tried to work directly with Great America, but its managers eventually stopped responding.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and policy changes at the park.

Great America spokesman Jim Stellmack said the park doesn’t condone the action and that managers dealt appropriately with the employees involved.

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  1. EN says:

    As an ex Great America employee of many years, whatever the managers say is bs. Those in the minority communities are treated as second class citizens. I have even seen the managers show disrespect to the non white customers more than once.

  2. Bay Area Guy says:

    “According to the complaint, their friend later saw the photo displayed on a counter at another ride after someone had added a bubble caption containing the slur.”

    I’ve been to Great America MANY Times and have NEVER seen photos from other rides displayed on the screen. I do not believe the systems are networked together. Each ride has a limited amount of capacity to take and store photos. It is highly unlikely they send the photos to other rides, what would be the point?

    Does not pass the smell test guys- Go pound sand-
    Or what ever it is you pound.

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