A Maryland court has ordered a Six Flags theme park in Bowie to pay $250,000 to a man who says employees at the park wrongly imprisoned him in 2018 when he was rushing through the park searching for his son.
Nicholaus Mims, a father who lives in Maryland, was visiting the theme park located in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 2018 when he realized his 12 year old son was missing. Mims then emerged from the Hurricane Harbor water park section of the park shirtless and in a swimsuit to frantically search the park for his son.
Mims did finally find his son playing arcade games. However, as he was searching, park employees attempted to stop him and tell him he was in violation of park rules, which require shirts to be worn in all areas of the park except Hurricane Harbor.
When Mims explained to the employees he was looking for his son, they allowed him to continue, but later another set of park workers stopped him and waited with Mims while his wife brought him a shirt.
While he was waiting with the employees, they called security guards who made Mims leave the park, and, Mims claims, became aggressive with him and slammed his head against the ground.
Six Flags denied the allegations but photo evidence does show Mims on the ground with a security guard’s hand on his neck. A jury awarded Mims $800,000 in a 2019 lawsuit, but the ruling was appealed by Six Flags. The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland overturned the ruling this week and brought the amount down to $250,000, but did not find Six Flags liable for assault or battery but did agree that the park wrongly imprisoned Mims.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: CHICAGO PARENT