Small World Ride Malfunction Nets Man $8K

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You know the song “It’s A Small World?” You know, the most annoying song in the world? Well, a disabled Detroit man was forced to listen to that song for a half hour when the Small World ride at Disneyland malfunctioned. He was recently awarded $8K for his pain and suffering.

According to Detroit News, Jose Martinez was awarded $8,000 after he got stuck on the Small World ride at Disneyland in 2009. The incident lasted about a half hour but according to his lawyer David Geffen, Martinez didn’t “medically stabilize” for about three hours.

Geffen says that his client suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure and that the incident at Disneyland caused him severe discomfort.

Geffen said: “He was half in the cave of the ride and half out … The music was blaring. They couldn’t get it to go off.”

The Atlantic reports that Disneyland staffers decided against calling the fire department and instead waited until the ride was fixed. Martinez was freed after about a half hour.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown said that the staff provided appropriate assistance to Martinez. She said that she was disappointed in the court’s decision.

Disneyland isn’t going to miss $8000 but Martinez is probably scarred for life.

Can you imagine listening to that song on repeat for a half hour? Do you think Martinez was given a fair ruling? Does $8000 cover the pain and suffering from being stuck on the It’s A Small World ride for a half hour?