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Theme park employ 'sick collector'
Rhys Owens
Rhys says he might have to buy a nose peg to cope with his job

A theme park has been forced to employ a vomit collector for the first time.

22-year-old Rhys Owens will be in charge of keeping the park's most extreme ride vomit-free.

The park says the easter holidays are some of the worst for vomit-related 'sick shutdowns', due to the high quantity of chocolate being eaten.

Owens told Newsbeat: "The sick is just something that you have to grin and bear. I keep a nose peg attached at all times and I'm normally alright.

"Basically I'm a massive fan of rollercoasters, so I've pretty much been on it every single day.

"If all I have to do is clean up maybe one or two bits of sick throughout the day I'm not really fussed. It's a dream for me."

Last year, 619 'sick shutdowns' took place at Thorpe Park, 40 of which were in the Easter holidays.

It's estimated customers left around 150 litres of sick at the park in 2008.



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