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Tell us about the time the fairground came to town and you were sick in a hedge; or when you went to a theme park or circus and were sick in a hedge

Suggested by mariam67

(, Thu 9 Jun 2011, 10:37)
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First time on the dodgems age 10
Exchanged my 50p for a token and jumped in the car, instructed by the bloke running the ride. "That one'll make yer faster, that one'll slow ye down, and ye steer with that wheel" he said, whilst waving his hand at the controls.

Pushing the token into the slot, I didn't realise I had my foot jammed down on the accelerator pedal. The token dropped, and off I shot, straight across the rink, bouncing off a few cars and coming to an abrupt halt on the other side as, in turn, the car hit the barrier, and my face hit the steering wheel.

Luckily my dad was on hand to see the moment of impact and came over just in time to see blood pouring out of the my face where I'd bitted straight through my lower lip and smashed my two incisors to bits.

Off to the emergency dentist we go. "Can't use anaesthetic" he said, "The nerves are exposed" or somesuch excuse. So I had temporary plastic caps effectively welded onto my broken teeth to protect them, with no drugs to take the edge off. Fucking hurt like five bastards.

Still, got a coupla grand compensation off the fair 8 years later; it was actually sorted out not too long after the accident, but was locked away in a court fund till I turned 18.

edit: should probably add that the reason I got compo was because there was a seatbelt in the car, but hadn't been shown to me; I was blissfully unaware of it until it was raised later.
(, Thu 9 Jun 2011, 19:17, closed)
Compo from a pykie?
That is a pretty mean feat. Hope you did not blow it on a real car and do the same thing....
(, Thu 9 Jun 2011, 22:43, closed)

Where was this?
(, Fri 10 Jun 2011, 7:29, closed)
Compensation because you crashed the dodgem?
No wonder kids aren't allowed to do anything fun, anymore.
(, Fri 10 Jun 2011, 9:13, closed)

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