15 Arrested At Playland In Dispute Over Muslim Headwear

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15 Arrested At Playland In Dispute Over Muslim Headwear

Fifteen people were arrested and the entrance to Playland was closed Tuesday afternoon after a dispute at the park involving religious dress.

Police from multiple departments from throughout Westchester County were called in for assistance.

The dispute broke out at about 2:30 p.m. near the park's entrance between members of the Muslim American Society of New York, according to Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks. Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia said.

Two seasonal officers were injured while joining Westchester County Police who were trying to break up the scuffle, he said.

At least 60 police vehicles from eight surrounding departments quickly arrived at the park and park visitors say they thought that as many as 20 or more people were taken away from the park by police.

The park and its rides remained open Tuesday, but new visitors were not being allowed into the park. Tartaglia said no one inside was asked to leave the park.

Members of the Muslim American Society of New York said they were at the park today for a group visit, with members from Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. There were 3,000 members of the tour group, comprising half of the 6,000 patrons that visited Playland on Tuesday. The group was at the park celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), which marks the end of Ramadan. The holiday lasts for three days and includes celebrations with prayers, sweets and presents for children, and community festivities.

Members of the group said that some of their fellow members sought refunds from that park and that led to a disturbance. Park officials dispute this, saying a refund was offered.

Tartaglia said the rules and regulations of the park were made clear before the group arrived, blaming group organizers for not conveying the message.

"Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you can not wear any sort of headgear," said Tartaglia. "It's a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile."

Members were are at the park gates shortly after the incident, noting that they had not been able to get information about the status of friends and relatives. Members of the group said they were discussing what to do next — whether they should stay at the entrance to the park or leave.

"They just want to make our life a nightmare for no reason," said Akram Farghlay, while waiting outside.

Akram Ghadami, a member of the group, said they came to Playland to have fun and celebrate the holiday.

"We shouldn't be treated that way," Ghadami said. "We have a right to have a little fun like everyone else. Why are they making a big deal about this?"

He was standing at the entrance to Playland with several of his friends, waiting for others who were still inside the park.
15 Arrested At Playland In Dispute Over Muslim Headwear - Harrison, NY Patch
 

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"Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia said."



They should have been Billy Clubbed.
 
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In practicing your religion, you have to make certain sacrifices. Nobody ever said it was easy.

You cannot make a park make safety concessions because you still want to have fun
 

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In practicing your religion, you have to make certain sacrifices. Nobody ever said it was easy.

You cannot make a park make safety concessions because you still want to have fun
It also becomes a liablity issue, as the park is then making an exception to a rule, which any lawyer will tell you, is basically an open invite for a lawsuit if something bad happens.
 

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15 Arrested At Playland In Dispute Over Muslim Headwear

Fifteen people were arrested and the entrance to Playland was closed Tuesday afternoon after a dispute at the park involving religious dress.

Police from multiple departments from throughout Westchester County were called in for assistance.

The dispute broke out at about 2:30 p.m. near the park's entrance between members of the Muslim American Society of New York, according to Peter Tartaglia, deputy commissioner of Westchester County Parks. Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia said.

Two seasonal officers were injured while joining Westchester County Police who were trying to break up the scuffle, he said.

At least 60 police vehicles from eight surrounding departments quickly arrived at the park and park visitors say they thought that as many as 20 or more people were taken away from the park by police.

The park and its rides remained open Tuesday, but new visitors were not being allowed into the park. Tartaglia said no one inside was asked to leave the park.

Members of the Muslim American Society of New York said they were at the park today for a group visit, with members from Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. There were 3,000 members of the tour group, comprising half of the 6,000 patrons that visited Playland on Tuesday. The group was at the park celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), which marks the end of Ramadan. The holiday lasts for three days and includes celebrations with prayers, sweets and presents for children, and community festivities.

Members of the group said that some of their fellow members sought refunds from that park and that led to a disturbance. Park officials dispute this, saying a refund was offered.

Tartaglia said the rules and regulations of the park were made clear before the group arrived, blaming group organizers for not conveying the message.

"Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you can not wear any sort of headgear," said Tartaglia. "It's a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile."

Members were are at the park gates shortly after the incident, noting that they had not been able to get information about the status of friends and relatives. Members of the group said they were discussing what to do next — whether they should stay at the entrance to the park or leave.

"They just want to make our life a nightmare for no reason," said Akram Farghlay, while waiting outside.

Akram Ghadami, a member of the group, said they came to Playland to have fun and celebrate the holiday.

"We shouldn't be treated that way," Ghadami said. "We have a right to have a little fun like everyone else. Why are they making a big deal about this?"

He was standing at the entrance to Playland with several of his friends, waiting for others who were still inside the park.
15 Arrested At Playland In Dispute Over Muslim Headwear - Harrison, NY Patch

The park and its rides remained open Tuesday, but new visitors were not being allowed into the park. Tartaglia said no one inside was asked to leave the park.

Members of the Muslim American Society of New York said they were at the park today for a group visit, with members from Yonkers, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. There were 3,000 members of the tour group, comprising half of the 6,000 patrons that visited Playland on Tuesday. The group was at the park celebrating Eid ul-Fitr (Festival of Breaking the Fast), which marks the end of Ramadan. The holiday lasts for three days and includes celebrations with prayers, sweets and presents for children, and community festivities.

Members of the group said that some of their fellow members sought refunds from that park and that led to a disturbance. Park officials dispute this, saying a refund was offered.

Tartaglia said the rules and regulations of the park were made clear before the group arrived, blaming group organizers for not conveying the message.

"Part of our rules and regulations, which we painstakingly told them over and over again, is that certain rides you can not wear any sort of headgear," said Tartaglia. "It's a safety issue for us on rides, it could become a projectile."
Sounds fair minded and safety conscious to me. The organizers failed in meeting their responsibility and keeping the peace.
 

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In practicing your religion, you have to make certain sacrifices. Nobody ever said it was easy.

You cannot make a park make safety concessions because you still want to have fun
It also becomes a liablity issue, as the park is then making an exception to a rule, which any lawyer will tell you, is basically an open invite for a lawsuit if something bad happens.
Agreed. The concerns are validated.
 

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I agree with the safety issue and have no problems with it.

Do they also inforce this on wigs?


They would be just as much as safety risk.
 

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I used to work there as a teenager....brings back memories
 
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"Fighting began when they were told they would be denied access to certain rides if they wore religious garb, Tartaglia said."



They should have been Billy Clubbed.
They should follow the rules if you can't get on a certain ride because of your hijab you either need to remove it or don't go on the ride, resorting to violence over a ride at an amusement park is just retarded.
 

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Please follow these simple ride safety tips when riding. Additional precautions should be taken by parents and guardians who supervise smaller or younger children.
• Know you and your child's capabilities in determining whether or not a particular ride is appropriate.
• Watch the ride in operation before riding - make sure you/your child are comfortable with it and can ride it safely.
• Observe the height lines and read and follow all ride safety signs. These are posted at each ride and throughout the park to ensure safety.
• Smoking, food, gum and drinks are NOT allowed on rides or ride lines as they pose safety and choking hazards.
• Loose articles and personal possessions such as electronic devices, keys, hats, glasses, backpacks, purses and stuffed animals should be left at home, kept in a locker or left with a non-rider while at the Park or on rides. Lockers are provided for a fee, and some rides provide shared bins. All items and clothing must be appropriately secured while on a ride; some smaller items can be stored/secured in cargo pockets or waist pouches. Hats must be secured, and jackets/sweaters must be worn properly and not around the waist while on a ride. Some rides do not allow backpacks, purses or head gear of any kind.
• Fasten safety equipment and demonstrate appropriate behavior while on the ride and ride lines. Line jumping may result in ejection from the Park with no refund. Be sure to use seatbelts and all safety equipment such as shoulder harness, lap bar or chain. Keep hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride. Follow the instructions from the ride operator and stay seated at all times. The Ride Operator
will instruct you on how, when and where to exit a ride.
• Designate an easily recognizable place to meet your child/party, once the ride is over.
• No one is allowed to ride alone on Gondola and Ye Old Mill.
• Never enter any ride that you are uncomfortable with… WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T RIDE!

......... Additional information: Guests with casts or braces will be restricted from riding rides where the cast or brace may present a hazard to the guest or others. If in doubt about your ability to safely experience a ride, do not ride. Prosthetics may need to be removed to ride. All ride manufacturer restrictions apply.

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Ride Safety (back to top)
Please follow these simple ride safety tips when riding. Additional precautions should be taken by parents and guardians who supervise smaller or younger children.
• Know you and your child's capabilities in determining whether or not a particular ride is appropriate.
• Watch the ride in operation before riding - make sure you/your child are comfortable with it and can ride it safely.
• Observe the height lines and read and follow all ride safety signs. These are posted at each ride and throughout the park to ensure safety.
• Smoking, food, gum and drinks are NOT allowed on rides or ride lines as they pose safety and choking hazards.
• Loose articles and personal possessions such as electronic devices, keys, hats, glasses, backpacks, purses and stuffed animals should be left at home, kept in a locker or left with a non-rider while at the Park or on rides. Lockers are provided for a fee, and some rides provide shared bins. All items and clothing must be appropriately secured while on a ride; some smaller items can be stored/secured in cargo pockets or waist pouches. Hats must be secured, and jackets/sweaters must be worn properly and not around the waist while on a ride. Some rides do not allow backpacks, purses or head gear of any kind.
• Fasten safety equipment and demonstrate appropriate behavior while on the ride and ride lines. Line jumping may result in ejection from the Park with no refund. Be sure to use seatbelts and all safety equipment such as shoulder harness, lap bar or chain. Keep hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride. Follow the instructions from the ride operator and stay seated at all times. The Ride Operator
will instruct you on how, when and where to exit a ride.
• Designate an easily recognizable place to meet your child/party, once the ride is over.
• No one is allowed to ride alone on Gondola and Ye Old Mill.
• Never enter any ride that you are uncomfortable with… WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T RIDE!

......... Additional information: Guests with casts or braces will be restricted from riding rides where the cast or brace may present a hazard to the guest or others. If in doubt about your ability to safely experience a ride, do not ride. Prosthetics may need to be removed to ride. All ride manufacturer restrictions apply.

Rye Playland - Park information
Playland does not charge an admission, you pay for each ride you go on. If there are restrictions on the ride, just choose another rides

Also, many of their rides date to the 20's and 30's and there may be exposed gears and pullys
 

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Ride Safety (back to top)
Please follow these simple ride safety tips when riding. Additional precautions should be taken by parents and guardians who supervise smaller or younger children.
• Know you and your child's capabilities in determining whether or not a particular ride is appropriate.
• Watch the ride in operation before riding - make sure you/your child are comfortable with it and can ride it safely.
• Observe the height lines and read and follow all ride safety signs. These are posted at each ride and throughout the park to ensure safety.
• Smoking, food, gum and drinks are NOT allowed on rides or ride lines as they pose safety and choking hazards.
• Loose articles and personal possessions such as electronic devices, keys, hats, glasses, backpacks, purses and stuffed animals should be left at home, kept in a locker or left with a non-rider while at the Park or on rides. Lockers are provided for a fee, and some rides provide shared bins. All items and clothing must be appropriately secured while on a ride; some smaller items can be stored/secured in cargo pockets or waist pouches. Hats must be secured, and jackets/sweaters must be worn properly and not around the waist while on a ride. Some rides do not allow backpacks, purses or head gear of any kind.
• Fasten safety equipment and demonstrate appropriate behavior while on the ride and ride lines. Line jumping may result in ejection from the Park with no refund. Be sure to use seatbelts and all safety equipment such as shoulder harness, lap bar or chain. Keep hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride. Follow the instructions from the ride operator and stay seated at all times. The Ride Operator
will instruct you on how, when and where to exit a ride.
• Designate an easily recognizable place to meet your child/party, once the ride is over.
• No one is allowed to ride alone on Gondola and Ye Old Mill.
• Never enter any ride that you are uncomfortable with… WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T RIDE!

......... Additional information: Guests with casts or braces will be restricted from riding rides where the cast or brace may present a hazard to the guest or others. If in doubt about your ability to safely experience a ride, do not ride. Prosthetics may need to be removed to ride. All ride manufacturer restrictions apply.

Rye Playland - Park information
Playland does not charge an admission, you pay for each ride you go on. If there are restrictions on the ride, just choose another rides

Also, many of their rides date to the 20's and 30's and there may be exposed gears and pullys
Wristbands, Fun Cards & Parking
• All guests need a wristband for admission into the amusement park, which will be put on by Playland personnel – all parties must be together.
• Wristbands may not be resold, shared or given to someone else once worn. Violators will be ejected from the park with no refund. It is strongly recommended that guests keep their receipts.

• Admission Playland offers admission options for 'riders' and 'spectators' alike.
Same day upgrades are available. Refer to the website for the most up to date offerings and specials.
• Fun Cards Points prior to 2008 are valid for admission and rides only.
Promotional Fun Card Entitlements are valid for the year issued only. Fun Cards may not be resold.
• Westchester County residents receive discounts; proof of residency is required. The following are accepted: NYS-issued photo ID, NYS driver's license, Westchester County Park Pass, Westchester County school photo ID or report card, credit card with ZIP code verification.
• Wristbands are activated upon park entry and valid for that day only. Should you need to leave the park, be sure to get your hand stamped and band scanned at the exit gates for re-entry later in the day. Wristbands are not transferable.
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