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Muslim group says Boomers' headgear ban on rides is discriminatory
A Muslim group is challenging a ban on the wearing of hijabs by go-kart riders at Boomers, claiming the prohibition amounts to religious discrimination.
Boomers' owner, Palace Entertainment, says it considers the traditional scarfs that cover a Muslim woman's hair, face and neck to be dangerous. So are turbans, hats, bandanas, bows, yarmulkes and wigs, according to the company's ban on wearing items on one's head while on the go-karts.
Michele Wischmeyer, vice president of marketing for Palace Entertainment, said the company's policy – in place since 2010 – is about safety, not race and religion. And instead of picking and choosing which headgear would be allowed, the company has banned all head coverings and neckwear when it comes to its go-kart rides.
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