A Florida woman is suing Universal Studios because their haunted house was "too scary" and caused her emotional distress.
Cleanthi Peters, 57, brought her 10-year-old granddaughter to Universal's annual Halloween Horror Nights back in 1998. According to Peters, she and her granddaughter were approaching the exit of the theme park's haunted house when an employee with a chainsaw -- minus the chain -- leaped out and pretended to attack them.
Peters and granddaughter fled toward the exit with the frightening Leatherface clone giving chase. The terrified duo then, allegedly, slipped on a wet spot on the floor and went down for the count. After they fell, the lawsuit says, the employee continued his attack, crouching over them and thrusting his chainsaw in a menacing manner. According to Peters' lawsuit, the ordeal inflicted "extreme fear, distress and mental anguish" -- the kind of mental anguish that only $15,000 in cash will alleviate.
Universal Studios has not yet responded to Peters' lawsuit.
NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS 10 YEARS OLD. THE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN 2000. THIS ISN'T RECENT NEWS.
Oh wow this happened in 1998? What is it with people just now bring up cases about things that happened 10 years ago? Disney is now going through the same thing with Tower of Terror from an incident in 1998 aswell.
Like Disney I hope Universal keeps a still back on this other wise people will see this and start walking all over them. And the judge and who ever else involved with this case, I hope will use common sense.
I like how they describe it as "Too Scary" I mean common people what do you expect when you go to a clearly marked halloween event. If you want a happy jolly experience than you should have just stayed at Magic Kingdom
If you look at the article it was published in 2000, which means this has likely already been dealt with. Otherwise if this had been pending for 12 years I'm sure a statute of limitations (and with those it's ironic that the initials are SOL, because if you miss the statute of limitations that is indeed what you are) would have tolled by now.
Now I'm not sure how this was resolved, but I'll make my guess in case anybody finds out. I'm going to say that the park either settled for something in the range of $1000 or (and more likely) simply got the case dismissed during summary judgment. It is actually very difficult to prove Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, so difficult that generally the party is unable to do so.
I did my first haunts last year and I was curious about the legal liability angle with HHN because some of the scaring was quite extreme, I saw one girl pinned on the ground with two chainsaws at her. I personally think it's all fun and games and when you walk through the gate you're fair game, and I'm sure HHN has the legal angle covered as part of their risk management.
As far as that claim goes, what a load of bollocks, if she had been injured then fair enough but being scared? Now I'm off to sue the producers of The Exorcist for giving me a lifetime of nightmares.
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