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Families say they were denied go-kart rides at Boomers because of faiths

Original post made on May 1, 2014

A Sikh family from Alameda and a Muslim family from Sunnyvale alleged Tuesday that they were barred from riding go-karts at a Livermore amusement park last summer because of their religious head attire.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:01 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by Sue, a resident of Valley Trails
on May 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

Get a grip! It was for your safety, didn't have anything to do with your faith OR Religion!


Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Agreed, Sue. These people would be the first ones to line up their high prices attorneys to sue if one of them were injured due to their stubborn neglect and inability to adhere to a businesses safety policies.
They did accomplish what they set out to do: stir up further race based anxiety, discrediting a local business and gather attention to themselves. Poor insecure little people.


Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on May 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I went to Boomers last month. Stood in a line for go karts. Signs clearly states no headgear allowed. applies to EVERYONE


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2014 at 2:22 pm

hmmmmmmmm...I believe that they were discriminated against.

I've seen folks wearing bobbi pins in their hair and baseball caps and colorful bandanas on their head. Some folks wear hair clips that could fly off and take out an innocent persons eye(s).
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I think that lots of folks behave inappropriately in public and could at times possibly harm somebody...has anybody ever seen anybody texting or using a phone to photograph their bunch of fun on a ride? hmmmmmmmmm...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I also suspect that there are scads of Plutonians on carnival rides that don't appear clean or tidy and their ugly hairs are flying in the wind even at an ice-cream parlor and who knows how much dandruff and other weird stuff is falling on the ice cream that others purchase?

if i haven't seen it all...duh


Posted by Here we go: More Klan-like hate, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 3:07 pm

A Sikh head wrap is not "head gear." It is predictable enough to see our local racists immediately using the complaining family as a target for their hatred.


Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls
on May 1, 2014 at 3:54 pm

I hate to see politics injected into something that should be a cut-and-dried issue of whether such a head wrap is a safety issue or not. Aren't there some widespread amusement park standards concerning this? Disneyland has a sort of "Autotopia" go-kart. Do they allow head wraps on that ride or their other rides. What about the roller coaster and other rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk?


Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 4:18 pm

It seems to me that in this day and age such rules would be set by the authorities rather than by the individual businesses.

Isadora Duncan


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2014 at 4:47 pm

The law is on the side of the Sikhs: Web Link


Posted by Lim , a resident of Mariposa Ranch
on May 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Yeah, just what we need. More government involvement.

I agree with "right" that they are further alienating themselves and only spreading much of the negativity most Americans feel about Muslims.

I went to a large grocery store in Hayward a few months ago and there were two presumably women covered from head to toe with only a small hole in the material for their eyes so they could see. I'm not going up lie, I felt unsafe because had there been a crime committed, no one would have been able to describe them. I understand religious freedom, but if they come to this country they are doing themselves a huge disservice in situations like this where I had to wonder if they were armed robbers.

If they want an amusement park that caters to them, they can build it themselves. No ones safety should be put at risk over head gear that could easily come off during go cart rides


Posted by Here We Go: More Klan-style Hate, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Muslims and Sikhs differ: Web Link

Hope some of you will educate yourselves.

ready...set...go!


Posted by Here We Go: More Klan-style Hate, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Thanks for correcting Lim the racist, Cholo. Do you think he gives a hoot whether they are Muslim or Sikh? They don't look like him, and that's all he needs as an excuse to hate and fear.


Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 8:51 pm

(Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)Either follow the rules or find somewhere else to go.


Posted by Here We Go: More Klan-style Hate, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 pm

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Posted by Pro-Law, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

We all know that if their head garb got caught on something during the ride they were injured or worse there would be a lawsuit for that too. Sounds like the company is damned if they do and damned if they don't.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 2, 2014 at 7:52 am

Children will eventually change the every changing world:

Web Link


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 2, 2014 at 7:53 am

Correction: ...ever changing world! HOORAY YOUNG FOLKS! VIVA!


Posted by Map, a resident of Del Prado
on May 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Give it a rest cholo, stick to the facts, it's their business, it's their rules for safety for everyone involved, no discrimination intended, way too many lawyers just chomping at the bit to sue somebody!! Try crying discrimination in most foreign countries and see how far that gets you!!! A moment of silence for the business owner they are the victims here--- read the signs--" NO HEADGEAR". If they win this one I'm starting my own religion, we will be the ones wearing top hats on all the rides, we are going to make a fortune!!


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

We live a country in which all citizens are expected to obey the law. That means you and everybody else.

Live and let live...the young folks will someday save the day!


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