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Employees of local haunted hay ride say working conditions led to welts, bruises

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FENTON, Mo. (KMOV) -- Some brand-new employees of a haunted hay ride in Fenton say they were hurt due to intolerable working conditions.

As a part of Creepyworld’s “Zombie Town Haunted Hayride,” the employees say they were playing the role of zombies. They were supposed to be the targets as customers armed with paintball guns moved through the park on a hay wagon shooting at them. 

But two of the workers say they did not have adequate protection and received welts and bruises. 

”...It was completely unorganized,” said one of the workers, who wished to remain anonymous . “There wasn’t enough safety equipment to go around...They said you’ll be okay go out there and we’ll try to put you behind something where you won’t get hit.”

The company said they’ve invested thousands of dollars in protective gear, which covers nearly the entire body.

“…We’ve gone as far as to spend over $20,000 in protective armor for people out here,” said operations and safety manager Mike Zablonski. “We go as far as putting gorilla tape on the suit’s armor to make sure that these things stay in place.”

But some employees say the protection might not be enough.

“I didn’t expect myself to be three feet away from the paintball barrel themselves and be shot point blank 60 times in two minutes,” that employee said.

One employee says he left early because he couldn’t take the abuse and was told he wouldn’t be paid for the night for leaving.He said he is not going to try to get the money.

The company says not only does it feel it provides enough gear, but any employee who wants to buy additional gear can do so and will be reimbursed.

This isn’t the first time News 4 has heard complaints about the working conditions at Creepyworld. Last year, a 17-year-old female employee at the haunted attraction was hurt by a noose prop.

She was found hanging unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. She later recovered.

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