Boomers! in Irvine Blasted for Two Incidents Involving Muslim Kids at Go-Karts: Update

See the update at the end of this post on two of the incidents involving Irvine's Boomers! and the company's response.

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Boomers! has amusement parks in Irvine and Fountain Valley.

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 29, 7:03 A.M.: The refusal of Boomers! amusement parks to allow religious head coverings on attendees who want to ride go-karts is spurring multiple complaints to the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, it will be announced this morning at the offices of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Anaheim and Santa Clara.

The complaints allege Boomers!, a subsidiary of Palace Entertainment Holdings, is violating California's Unruh Civil Rights Act with the policy against head coverings. Joining CAIR in lodging the complaints is United Sikhs.

They claim Muslim and Sikh park attendees have repeatedly been denied access to the go-kart rides and that the company has cited "unfounded safety concerns" and "been unwilling to provide any accommodation, thereby effectively banning thousands of local residents from riding the Go-Karts solely based on their faith."

"Companies cannot utilize baseless safety concerns to discriminate against thousands of people," says CAIR-Northern California Civil Rights Coordinator Brice Hamack in the release. "It troubles us that every other amusement park is able to make sufficient accommodations to permit women wearing hijabs to ride some of the fastest roller coasters in the world, but that Boomers! has unequivocally denied them access to the go-kart rides."

"Boomers! has failed to provide any clear or sensible reasoning for denying individuals with religious headwear requirements access to go-karts," adds United Sikhs Staff Attorney Manmeet Singh. "To deny people their religious liberties on unfounded fears is something that cannot and should not be tolerated in today's day and age."

Palace Entertainment officials could not be reached at press time.

UPDATE, APRIL 29, 4:04 P.M.: Most of the complaints against Boomers! involve amusement parks in Northern California, but two incidents have been reported from the Irvine location, Sammar Miqbel, CAIR-LA's civil rights coordinator, said at a press conference today.

First, after waiting a half hour in line for the go-kart on March 17, 2013, the four daughters and two sons of two women who went to the Boomers in Irvine "were not allowed to ride on the go-kart with a scarf around the neck," charged Miqbel, adding the children tried but failed to assure the employee that they had never had a problem before riding while wearing their religious headdress.

In June of that same year, Muslim girls on a field trip from a local elementary school were told at the Irvine location they could not wear hijabs on the go-karts, alleged Miqbel, who added CAIR-LA has not been able to resolve the issue with Palace Entertainment.

Michele Wischmeyer, vice president of marketing and sales with the Newport Beach-based company, told City News Service today, "It is a matter of safety, and we ask that all head wear be removed. It doesn't matter if it's religious headwear or a wig or a baseball cap or visor or scarf or bandana."

She added her company's website carries a warning that head gear and long hair can
get tangled up in the wheels of the go-karts.

"Our stance is safety is our No. 1 priority," Wischmeyer said. "It is not a matter of race or religion. It's a matter of safety."

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Ken Webb
Ken Webb

Ok. Your little blurb as an intro is horribly misleading and at best VERY DISHONEST. Bad journalist. The story is they refused to remove the the large wraps. The head / body coverings for women and men - they need removed to be able to safely drive a go-cart. Yes,. Safety of its drivers and the other drivers on the course. Why wearing something that covers up your view is so hard to realize - it could result in in Injury or worse. Wearing something that has an opportunity to bring un-needed extra danger to other drivers - is of course a no-no. If a white guy came in - in a sheet with holes cut for eyes and some religious crosses sewn into it,.. And calling it a Religious Freedom Is one thing,... But to demand it as part of race-go-cart driving? The guy would get his ass handed to him. This nonsense about being unable to ride a go-cart is silly. A cleric/priest in full vestments wouldn't expect to ride the go-cart. It's silly AND DANGEROUS. To themselves and other drivers. Would we expect a lawsuit if the carts were to small for fat people? Expecting the business to provide exceptions because we demand it?! Silly. Silly AND stupid. Keep you religious ideals,... Put a helmet on and take off the coverings and ride.

Mike Martinez
Mike Martinez

You can hide a bomb under that fuckin turbin.

moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

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ISLAMPHOBIA BULLY - The American Freedom Law Center, or AFLC, announced Thursday that it is “representing seven private citizens who were issued harassing subpoenas by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) because they publicly expressed their opposition to the construction of an Islamic center in their neighborhood in Pittsfield Township, Michigan.”  This multi-million dollar Muslim Brotherhood machine is steamrolling over everyone and everything in its path. Now the thugs at Hamas-tied CAIR are harassing and bullying ordinary American citizens. Hamas-CAIR systematically destroys voices of freedom, while using its leftist lapdogs in the media and culture to whitewash its terror ties.


ISLAMPHOBIA - CAIR AND MUSLIMS LIES:  Muslim Man Convicted Of Murdering Wife After He And CAIR Tried To Blame Islamophobia. A San Diego Muslim man who accused unknown non-Muslim assailants of slaying his wife two years ago was found guilty of her murder this week. Apparently, the murderer was going for the Islamophobic ‘two-fer’ when he hatched his dastardly scheme. One, he could murder his wife in some sort of honor killing. Two, he could bear false witness against non-Muslims and stoke himself some Islamophobia, Saul Alinsky-style. Even CAIR’s local Executive Director sought out cameras to do the same, though Hanif Mohebi was only identified in a local news report as a “family friend” and not in his capacity as the leader of a local chapter of a Muslim Brotherhood front group. Thursday, April 24, 2014.


moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

ISLAMPHOBIA - islamphobia = muslim ability to shut down the truth by accusing someone of nothing


ISLAMPHONBIA - Iranian Muslim Mehrzad Malekzadeh of Sugar Land, Texas was arrested at the Kemah Walmart. for terrorist threats and hoax bomb, both class A misdemeanors. witness reported seeing a knife-wielding, masked man inside a car who was initially at a nearby Target.  The police found several unknown devices in his pockets and attached to his body. Clearly an attempted attack on Christianity and not the first time, in 2011 he was arrested with poisonous material around a train. In that case he said he wanted to "bury OUR GOD". CAIR defended Mehrzad, claiming that the prosecution is Islamphobia and Mehrzad  is waiting trial. Mehrzad is a soldier of Allah.


ISLAMPHOBIA DRESSING – College student wore a hijab for 18 days to reveal how racist her community is. University student Anisa Rawhani wore a hijab around campus for 18 days in January 2014. She wanted to see if people in her community were racist towards minority groups by dressing as Muslim. she noticed that people actually treated her more kindly and with more respect than when she didn’t wear the hijab. 


ISLAMPHOBIA - Then Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s went on a Islamic rampage and shot our Troops in the back. CAIR defended Nidal, claiming that the military prosecution was Islamphobia and Nidal did not receive a fair trial. Nidal is a soldier of Allah.


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moosemyfrnds
moosemyfrnds

ISLAMPHOBIA MURDER - AVONDALE, AZ (CBS5) A man who allegedly told his wife his "Islamic belief" gave him the right to kill her is behind bars after he punched and tried to strangle her inside his vehicle. Ansar Muhammad, 43, was arrested at the couple's home in Avondale Saturday morning on charges of unlawful imprisonment as well as aggravated and sexual assault, among others. Muhammad had accused her of having an affair, court paperwork said. Muhammad picked her up and put her in their vehicle, police said. He then drove to and parked behind an Avondale Walgreens store, where the he punched her multiple times in the face, neck, back, chest and legs, officers said. Tuesday, April 29, 2014


ISLAMPHOBIA – Sami Osmakac, an  Albanian from Kosovo, planned on blowing up the bridges crossing Tampa Bay, the sheriff’s office, police departments and Tampa’s Hyde Park party district, then spraying first responders with automatic gunfire. Osmakac said in a “martyrdom video,” “payback for Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may he rest in peace.” CAIR defended Sami, claiming that the prosecution was Islamphobia and Sami not receive a fair trial. Sami is a soldier of Allah.


ISLAMPHOBIA GAYS - Muslims And Homosexuals Want To Destroy Christian Civilization. It is commonly argued that Islam is anti-homosexual, and many conservative moderates have complained that Muslim fanatics just hate everyone, including homosexuals. What is rarely ever said is that the jihadists are riddled with homosexuality. According to a US Military study, Pashtun men in Afghanistan commonly have sex with other men and express attraction for other men.


ISLAMPHOBIA – Nicholas Michael Teausant; a California Muslims also knows as Ased Abdur-Raheem, plotted to attack the Los Angeles subway system and plans to help al-Qaida. CAIR defended Ased, claiming that the prosecution was Islamphobia and Ased did not receive a fair trial. Ased is a soldier of Allah


ISLAMPHOBIA – Mohamed Mohamud, The Somali-American plotted to detonate a bomb at Portland’s downtown Christmas tree lighting in 2010. CAIR defended Mohamed, claiming that the prosecution was Islamphobia and Mohamed did not receive a fair trial. Mohamed is a soldier of Allah.


Jay Lukes
Jay Lukes

Stop going against OCWeekly's narrative.

Aaron Roach
Aaron Roach

To be fair, loose clothing is extremely dangerous on go-karts. The place that used to be on Katella and Main (what was it called again?) got around this issue by making everyone wear helmets and jumpsuits over their clothing.

Danny Chiang
Danny Chiang

Not so much discrimination as it is that Palace Entertainment (which owns Boomers, Malibu Speedzone, etc.) have incredibly draconian rules. Friend had his kid's birthday party there and they tried to confiscate cameras from the parents due to safety.

bphood
bphood

I think they should sikh their entertainment else wear....get it...sikh  

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

I used to work at the Family Fun Center next to Camelot in Anaheim (that Family Fun Center no longer exists), which was part of the company that owns Boomers! As a go-kart attendant, I remember Muslims women trying to get on the go-karts. I let them on; they didn't die or get their hijab wrapped up on the tires ala Isadore Duncan. Boomers! is lame...

donwtownbrown
donwtownbrown

Oh OH OH Islamophobia!  Call Eric Holder and shut down the entire company.  fucking pussies

bhw50
bhw50

Do you really want to have all your cloth jerked off while riding a go cart?  Oh, that's right....then you can sue the place!!

ernestfortier
ernestfortier

The people that want to ride wearing unsafe headgear would be at the court doors the next morning complaining that they were injured because Boomers allowed them to ride wearing their strange headgear.

NOMOREOBAMA
NOMOREOBAMA

You come HERE you play by OUR rules! Don't like it? GO HOME!

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Let them ride.  Also make them sign a waiver saying they were told wearing head dresses could cause injury or death.  Whatever happens, so be it.

mhip
mhip

@moosemyfrnds  Hey copy-paste-tard...

I would like Boomers to allow you to wear a scarf around your neck, and tie one end to the car in front of you.

BillCarson
BillCarson

@moosemyfrnds  A link to a website would have been more effective, spamming the comments just makes you look like a crank.

bphood
bphood

@GustavoArellano your experience is the kind of empirical evidence that loses cases in court everyday

MeToo
MeToo

@NOMOREOBAMA  Especially when those rules are foisted upon tax paying citizens for no legitimate reason. That is the United States I want to live in. Don't you? Just go on keeping yourself warm with your tired old and played out rhetoric. Because your personal and religious freedoms are next! And here is an extra tip for you. It will not be Obama that pries those freedoms from your warm live hands. 


Because when the kind of change you really want actually happens people like you will be the first to go!   

robert.hinojosa73
robert.hinojosa73

@20ftjesus  And what about the other riders who can be injured when the head dresses get caught in their wheels?  It's not as simple as them signing a waiver when you have other riders involved.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@20ftjesus  A waiver doesn't do much and they certainly won't stop them from suing.  Do you remember the family of the lady who refused a helmet, signed a waiver and then slipped and died at the Great Park in Irvine?  The family sued for $40 million.  Good times.  I'm not sure what they got in the end but the waiver didn't mean a thing.

BillCarson
BillCarson

@moosemyfrnds Someone who says "is that a Muslims word?" lecturing me on reading and writing english...


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