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Clint Bench, Born Without Hands, Sues Six Flags for Banning Him from Park Ride

| by Michael Allen

Clint Bench was born without hands, which he has tried to overcome his entire life, without asking for extra help or special treatment.

“I was born this way,” says Bench. “My disability,  that’s the only thing I’ve ever known.”

“Went to the park in March and had a good time, rode everything I wanted to ride,” says Bench, who has ridden the Aquaman Splashdown at Six Flags in Arlington, Texas, many times.

According to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth, Bench was shocked when he got kicked off the ride in May 2012 because he has no hands.

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“I knew that I can and I knew that I have,” says Bench.

Bench went to guest services and tried to talk to someone at Six Flags, but never got an apology.

Bench is now suing Six Flags for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“One of the things that is the most upsetting to us is that for the first time in his life, especially in his experiences at Six Flags, they call him out in front of his kids,” says Bench's attorney Levi McCathern. “And say your father is not the same as everybody else.”

McCathern says that after Bench complained, Six Flags changed its policy and now requires all riders have “one full arm and one full leg.”

“We repeatedly offered to resolve this with Six Flags for not a dollar. Clint was absolutely adamant when he came to me that this was not about him getting a dollar,” says McCathern. “Unfortunately we are in a position now where we will seek some money to cover the cost and expenses of the lawsuit.”

Bench wants to get a message out so “that this doesn’t happen again. That the next time to set a precedent that there is a better solution than what’s in place now."

Sharon Parker, a spokeswoman with Six Flags,  says no comments are being made on the lawsuit.

Source: CBS Dallas-Fort Worth