The selfie stick, sad symbol of the modern world’s obsession with self, is everywhere these days. Loath it or absolutely despise it, there is no getting away from it and the stupid pricks who think that no picture is complete without their vacuous gurning face. However, a blow has been struck against these cretins from what might be considered an unlikely source.
Disney, manufacturer of saccharine sweet storybook tales designed to hook kids on their multi-billion pound merchandise empire are banning the sticks from all their theme parks. The ban, revealed in a leaked e-mail message to staff on Friday, will start in the US on Tuesday 30th and will move on to the Paris and Hong Kong Parks the following day.
In the e-mail Disney said that “The use of selfie sticks also compromises our ability to deliver on the Four Keys: Safety, Courtesy, Show, and Efficiency” which is understandable, especially when idiots start pulling them out during rides on roller coasters as happened just a few days ago, which led to a ride being closed for 2 hours and people having to be emergency evacuated. Up to now, the sticks have just been treated the same as other loose objects that might fly off at high speed during a ride, Disney personnel would simply ask that you secure them before the ride starts, when this failed they tried signs like the below.
But this was obviously not enough to prevent the above mentioned incident and with theme park safety having been in the news quite a lot recently, Disney decided to join the growing number of venues who are banning the sticks. Hopefully they will be joined by more places until selfie stick users become the new smokers, cowering in out of the way corners to assuage their filthy addiction, shunned by any civilised human being.