An American here who lost both legs in Afghanistan in 2011 was turned away from a ride at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
Sgt. Stephen Jackel, a Purple Heart recipient, went to Six Flags with his daughter, Maya. He said he fully disclosed that he had two prosthetic legs and is a veteran.
Jackel asked about a military discount, but was told he would have to go to the military base for that, which Jackel said he understood. An employee then offered him a buddy pass.
The wounded veteran said on “Fox and Friends” this morning that nobody told him there would be rides that he wouldn’t be allowed to ride. Instead, he found out when he got on the “Boomerang” rollercoaster.
Jackel said an attendant told him, “Without one fully functioning leg, you are not gonna be able to ride this ride.” He was then sent to hospitality, where he said he asked for a full refund and was offered comp tickets instead.
Jackel was brought to tears over the ordeal. Maya said it was frustrating and sad to see her dad treated that way.
“We truly appreciate Sgt. Jackel’s service to our country,” Six Flags Fiesta Texas said in a statement. “We were disappointed to learn our accessibility policy was not properly communicated and we hope he and his family will accept our refund and invitation to visit the park again.”
Though he appreciates that Six Flags reached out, Jackel said, “I [and] my family will never go to Six Flags again.”