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There’s a reason it’s called ‘an obstacle course’

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By The Record | Jul 9, 2018

According to the “About Us” blurb on its website, “Showcase Entertainment is the premier provider of party rentals and event entertainment in Houston. The company offers customers everything from bounce houses, inflatables, and water slides, to animals, entertainers and carnival rides and games. 

“The safety of its customers is paramount to Showcase Entertainment, and it is certified by both the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers (AIMS) association and the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO),” the blurb continues. “Showcase Entertainment has received high praise for its additions to proms, fund-raisers, festivals, graduation parties, and much more.”

Showcase Entertainment’s inflatables include obstacle courses, one of which was featured at the Mother & Son Game Night at Jeanette Hayes Elementary School last November.

While attempting to complete the blow-up course, mothers Catherine Yeo and Wendy Morgan  allegedly injured themselves going down an inflatable slide.

Now they’re seeking unspecified damages against Showcase Entertainment in Harris County District Court, claiming that the company negligently failed to maintain the slide properly and supervise the sliders and is thus responsible for their broken feet and fractured ankles.

Yeo and Morgan say they “felt a sharp sudden pain and a worrisome crack in their feet” while going down the slide.

You have to wonder how they apparently sustained the same injuries and felt identical pain. You also have to wonder why others weren’t injured as well..

“Too many parents and children were allowed into the obstacle course at one time or within a short period of time,” Yeo and Morgan assert in their suit.

If so, surely Yeo and Morgan and other parents could have waited for the course to clear to their satisfaction. According to their own claim, they were “allowed” in, not compelled to enter.

An obstacle course is as much a mental as a physical challenge. These two mothers apparently weren’t ready for the challenge.

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