Theme park workers have revealed some of the strangest things they've seen on the job - from live chickens smuggled onto rides to thrillseekers defecating in the bushes.

Current and previous employees of some of the world's most popular amusement parks shared their best and worst stories in a new thread on Reddit.

Their tales of rude customers, pot-smoking colleagues and horrible tragedies offer a glimpse of what goes on when visitors are getting their thrills on roller coasters or other rides.

Thrillseeking chickens

A Reddit user said a family tried to get onto a ride with a large backpack, but they were ordered to leave it at the gate.


The user wrote: "The ride guys noticed it was strangely heavy and felt like something was moving when they went to store it for them, so they looked inside.

"Chickens. They'd been sneaking chickens onto the ride."

Later that day local roads were shut down after the same family tried to shoot a pheasant, the worker claimed.

Mum wished her children had cancer

One user, who identified themselves as a former cast member at a theme park, was appalled when she overheard a mum who was in the queue for a ride.

The Redditor wrote: "Had a mom audibly wish her kids had cancer when I let a Make-A-Wish kid go in front of her.

"Never did I want to punch someone in the face more than that day."

Another user wrote: "I have been that wish parent and would gladly have waited in the line rather than go through over two years of chemo with a three year old.

"My son is sixteen now and helps with anything for Make-A-Wish."

When you've gotta go, you've gotta go

When you're spending all day riding roller coasters, drinking sugary drinks and devouring hot dogs or burgers, nature will eventually call.

According to one Redditor, people defecate "everywhere" in theme parks.

The user wrote: "I've seen a grown woman squat behind a bush and then scurry away as if there's not a bathroom every 100 feet."

Horrible accidents

Hundreds of thousands of thrillseekers go on rides at amusement parks around the world every day, but accidents are rare.

One Reddit user, however, claimed to have been on the job when a number of incidents occurred during the summer months.

They claimed a colleague was decapitated by a roller coaster and another ride left customers stuck upside down for three hours.

The person also claimed that riders were sprayed with sparks after something on a roller coaster broke and was dragged along the tracks, and a loaded gun was found in a bathroom while they were on duty.

Creepy customers

Some theme parks have banned registered sex offenders or customers who have acted inappropriately towards other visitors or staff.

One user said the theme park they worked at banned a man who had been a regular visitor for more than 10 years.

It turned out the man was scouring social media websites for girls who worked at the park and sending them inappropriate photos of himself, the Redditor claimed.

Crazy colleagues

One Reddit user said they learned to operate the rides from a senior employee who was a "madman".

The user wrote: "I saw him ride the swinging ship by standing in the center and holding onto the mast decoration.

"He apparently hung from the Paratrooper ride while it was spinning around.

"The guy smoked up on the job. I remember seeing the train ride travel through his pot cloud once. How he managed to stay employed at the park for so long, I'll never know."

Celebrity parties

From time to time, celebrities have been known to rent an entire theme park or portions of it for parties or a private day out.

A Redditor who claimed to be an employee of a theme park in Phoenix said it was rented by an award-winning actor and singer for a Super Bowl after-party.

The user wrote: "[They] Tore apart every game from the arcade and replaced them with bars and the likes."

"The celebrity had to pay for repairs to rides out of his own pocket," the user added.

Candy floss leaves its mark

While it may be a delicious treat, candy floss, or cotton candy, depending on which continent you live on, creates a real mess.

One worker revealed: "Cotton candy was the worst. Making it might sound like fun. And it is maybe twice, but some of the sugar shoots back at you, impossible to avoid.

"And it's hot so it really sticks to your scalp. You go home with sugar sired to you. One shampooing is not going to do it.'