Last updated: 12:30 PM ET, Thu August 04 2016

Why Did Carowinds Just Fire 27 Foreign Employees?

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | August 04, 2016

Why Did Carowinds Just Fire 27 Foreign Employees?

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More than two dozen employees at Carowinds amusement park have been fired amid allegations of underage drinking and running from authorities, WSOC reported.

The 27 foreign workers will now be forced to leave the country since they were in the U.S. on work visas.

"Participants who are terminated from their exchange programs are expected to leave the United States immediately," a U.S. Department of State spokesperson told WSOC. 

The large group of Carowinds workers was gathered in a Motel 6 parking lot around 1 a.m. local time Tuesday, according to a police report, when officers arrived. Many in the group fled the scene but authorities detained others, with 10 workers admitting to consuming alcohol despite being under 21.

An unidentified U.S. employee thinks the park rushed to judgment. 

"I think that everyone needs to find out the truth," the worker told WSOC. "And they should be able to stay."

According to WSOC, roughly 3.3 percent of Carowinds' employees are on exchange visas. Therefore it remains to be seen what impact if any the firings will have on park operations.

Situated on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina, Carowinds opened more than four decades ago and boasts more than a dozen roller coasters in addition to a handful of water rides.


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