Rye Playland Discussion Thread

P. 30: The future(?) amid the squabbling
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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby Angry_Gumball » Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:59 pm

In this case, knowing the possibility of having to remove headwear when riding an amusement ride, why would they even bother going? Me, I would have done some research as to what the rides policies are and what my culture's policies are (as I did with Six Flags and their locking compartment policy when deciding what to take/leave behind when hitting up SFDK...was debating on bringing a hat or leave it behind). If I saw the rules stating that headwear of any kind is not allowed on an intense ride, I would follow it, enough said. I wouldn't try skirting around it then make everyone else look like the bad guy.

I mean, these rules are made for a reason, and it's made just to anger or discriminate people like many feel. But who are we to say this to the GP anyway, they don't care!

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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby beatle11 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:38 pm

As soon as it involves religion, especially one that gets a lot of bad press, your f***ed either way you look at it.
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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby DiSab » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:04 pm

"She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it," Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. "It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim."


And this statement sums up what's wrong with America.

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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby theGrayZone » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:12 pm

... for additional consumer-related and social media commentary (GP) coverage about this topic, check HERE (@ the "Consumerist" site).

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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby ginzo » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:18 pm

Police respond in force when you start a fight with them? Who knew?
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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby Angry_Gumball » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:24 pm

^^Yay, comments to contribute to the "GP thread"! How does a loose article not become a projectile? I've been hit by a baseball cap on SFDK's Cobra...did not feel too pleasant even at the lower speeds the coaster has.
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Re: Muslim Scarf Ban at Rye Playland

Postby OISU8P » Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:27 pm

Skycoastin Steve wrote:Can't wait to see the aftermath of this one. :roll:


Missed this earlier. Probably will go this way...

1. Some law firm will help them get a lawsuit on discrimination.
2. Some dumb judge will rule in their favor.
3. Playland will need to spend millions to pay them and go bankrupt.
4. The Islam League of New York (or whatever the hell they are called) will use new funds to buy Playland.
5. Now all women are required to wear Muslim headwear in the park.
6. Anyone who sues because of this will loss because it goes against their freedom of religion and are now consider a minority establishment.

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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:52 pm

There definitely was miscommunication between the different parties involved and it could of been handled a lot better.

First of all, the riders involved should have followed park rules, either take off the head wear or get off the ride. If they wanted a refund, they should have politely stated their case and asked for one. It looks like the park ended up giving some refunds after the incident occurred.

Second of all, the Muslim American Society of New York were warned that headscarves were not allowed on the rides there and should have warned their members as it would most likely be an issue for some of them. They should have looked into other parks in the area without head wear/gear restrictions (maybe Coney Island?) and possibly have their event there instead.

Third of all, the park should have better prepared itself for a group of over 3000 Muslim American Society of New York members and had their staff warn members of MASNY (or those dressed in headscarfs) at the ticket booth or front gate that "head gear of any kind including what your wearing will not be permitted on the rides". At least then, those opposed to this rules could have the option of not buying a ticket and turning away. Its not like there were a few Muslims attending, there were over 3000 attending, so there was bound to be an issue with the headscarf.

Finally, it seems like the police were very vigilant. Was 100 police officers necessary for a few park guests arguing? Or closing the park for two hours? If the police officers were less vigilant this probably would have been a lot less of a scene, but sometimes they are "shoot first, ask questions later", not just in this country but many countries (especially the Middle East). I wonder if so many police officers would have been sent out if there wasn't a group of 3000 Muslims there (even though only a few were involved). To be fair, the park guests shouldn't have raised their voices at the police officers or seemed aggressive/threatening - I mean come on, don't mess with the police!

I'm just trying to see this from all points of view. It was sad for the park guests not involved just trying to have a good time to see this incident occur. :cry:
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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby shivtim » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:31 am

Yikes: www.smh.com.au/nsw/family-sees-mother-strangled-by-hijab-in-freak-gokarting-accident-20100408-rvci.html

Based on the above story, it could be a safety issue. Although at parks in the middle-east, women routinely ride large rides while wearing hijab. And I've even seen someone wearing hijab on Kingda Ka!

I agree with the above post that in order for it to devolve into what happened, there were mistakes made by the patrons, the police, and the park.

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Re: Headwear Ban at Rye Playland

Postby Ed Farmer » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:42 am

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