Target: President Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America
Goal: Impose strict regulations on extreme haunted houses that imprison and abuse customers.
Some haunted houses across the United States have been alleged to commit horrible acts against their guests, in one case allegedly sexually assaulting a female guest. According to a report on KRQE News 13, a woman in Albuquerque claims that she was touched inappropriately by two of the actors in an extreme haunted house. This is not an isolated incident. It has been reported that in some extreme haunted houses, guests are treated in ways that, in many jurisdictions, would be classified as torture.
An extreme haunted house attraction known as McKamey Manor torments guests for hours on end, and critics have rightly denounced it as abusive. The attraction markets itself as being one of the scariest haunted houses imaginable, but the truth is a bit more sinister. When guests enter the attraction, there’s no turning back. You allegedly cannot even utter a safe word. One reporter who investigated the attraction told of how she was hooded and tied up, before being locked in a coffin, soaked with cold water, and force fed unidentifiable substances. This was a very watered down version of the tour. Another attraction called Blackout forces guests to strip naked, subjects them to an artificial form of waterboarding, and makes them suck on tampons.
Although consenting adults should have the right to participate in such events, they should also have the right to leave at any point. Holding someone against their will, even if they’ve previously signed a waiver, should be illegal. Extreme haunted houses in the United States are taking their scares too far, and tough legislation should be put into place to regulate them. Sign this petition to ask President Obama to ensure that this becomes a reality.
Dear President Obama,
In recent years, extreme haunted houses have become popular, but I worry that some of these attractions are taking things too far. One woman reported that she was sexually assaulted during her experience. Also, it’s widely known that many of them inflict horrible tortures on guests, such as locking them in tight spaces, dousing them with cold water, and forcing them to eat disgusting things. In some, you can even allegedly be held against your will. I believe that this is where things shift from good Halloween fun to criminal behavior.
I would like to ask that you do everything in your power to make sure that strict regulations are imposed on these kinds of attractions. Nobody should be subjected to these kinds of horrors, even if they’ve signed a waiver. The ability to sign over some of your most basic human right strikes me as both immoral and unlawful.
[Your Name Here]
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