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2020-07-11 2:02:40 PM  
Isn't Hershypark a privately owned entity? Then, they can make whatever rules they want. They don't have to let anyone in, ever.
 
2020-07-11 2:08:26 PM  
FTFA: "They just kept calling more managers and more managers and they all kept saying something completely different," she said.

That's the Anti-Karen Battalion.  They've learned from recent events and reworked their tactics.
 
2020-07-11 2:09:42 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: FTFA: "They just kept calling more managers and more managers and they all kept saying something completely different," she said.

That's the Anti-Karen Battalion.  They've learned from recent events and reworked their tactics.


Or the 6 year old kid mentality.  Keep asking your parents until one of them says yes.
 
2020-07-11 2:18:43 PM  
Fast forward 3 weeks, autistic child is infected and dies, after spreading to others who are now also ill. Hershey Park is sued out of existence.
 
2020-07-11 2:43:12 PM  
I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.
 
2020-07-11 2:57:59 PM  

Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.


If she really cared about her kid, she wouldn't be bringing him to a theme park during the middle of a pandemic
 
2020-07-11 3:16:13 PM  

ArkAngel: Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.

If she really cared about her kid, she wouldn't be bringing him to a theme park during the middle of a pandemic


Oops, my reading comprehension failed.  I watched the video, but didn't read the details and assumed it was just a recreational city park or something that had some socially-distant activity he liked.
 
2020-07-11 3:16:48 PM  
You want your kid to go to the park?

Put a damn mask on, and him too.

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...and these are women who are on the phone to report infractions of rules so petty that even HOAs roll their eyes at them.

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Wear the damn mask, and there is ZERO issue, you absolutely mind-numbingly obtuse moron. If your kid can't parse the whole mask thing, then maybe "outside" is a bad thing to try to make him deal with right now.
 
2020-07-11 3:35:39 PM  
I get it lady, really I do.  Months of being trapped in an enclosed area with a kid that is unable to adjust easily to change, it's been a nightmare.  But, you are not likely to outlive your kid.  You have to begin training this one for independence, like right now.  You are not going to be there to soothe and smooth every single bump that comes along.

You're only making things worse when you don't work on helping your kid become acceptable to the majority of society.  Everyone wants the universe to revolve around them and their loved ones, but realize that your kid is only going to be more marginalized if you keep demanding more and more frivolous accomodations.

This is not the hill to die on for this kid.
 
2020-07-11 4:39:15 PM  
Wow, only 20 lawyers so far contacted her on Facebook?

I guess chasing ambulances has gotten passé these days
 
2020-07-11 5:03:11 PM  

HighlanderRPI: Wow, only 20 lawyers so far contacted her on Facebook?

I guess chasing ambulances has gotten passé these days


Meanwhile, Hershey Park hires a couple of ambulance chasers that know a thing or two about keeping people off your property.

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2020-07-11 5:06:00 PM  
"We're not looking for anything but entrance back to the park, to plague up the place & kill your children and grandparents" Pamela Heinbaugh, mother of the 9-year-old

Fixed That
 
2020-07-11 5:07:52 PM  
For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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2020-07-11 5:08:37 PM  
Guess who also has a nonexistent peanut allergy.
 
2020-07-11 5:09:56 PM  

ArkAngel: Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.

If she really cared about her kid, she wouldn't be bringing him to a theme park during the middle of a pandemic


There we go...finally some f#cking common sense.
One might even go so far as to ask whyTF Hershey Park even thinks it's a good idea to open the gates during a pandemic.
 
2020-07-11 5:10:52 PM  
The kids doesn't wear shoes either? Why in the hell would you want to walk on hot black top?
 
2020-07-11 5:11:23 PM  
my sister and my niece both have asthma and most definitely wear masks.  that mother better hope her asthmatic son doesn't get infected because if he does,he's in for a very bad time.  She's a terrible parent.
 
2020-07-11 5:13:37 PM  

smed7: ArkAngel: Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.

If she really cared about her kid, she wouldn't be bringing him to a theme park during the middle of a pandemic

There we go...finally some f#cking common sense.
One might even go so far as to ask whyTF Hershey Park even thinks it's a good idea to open the gates during a pandemic.


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2020-07-11 5:15:29 PM  
I'd just like to mention that I saw the joke in the headline.
I say this only because nobody has mentioned it yet.
We return you to the regularly scheduled broadcast.
 
2020-07-11 5:16:16 PM  
I have severe asthma and I wear a mask whenever I'm in public. Its not about the kid's asthma. Its about his autism. If he can't stay masked up and physically distant in the necessary areas where its required he can't go. Just the way it is.
 
2020-07-11 5:16:43 PM  

cherryl taggart: I get it lady, really I do.  Months of being trapped in an enclosed area with a kid that is unable to adjust easily to change, it's been a nightmare.  But, you are not likely to outlive your kid.  You have to begin training this one for independence, like right now.  You are not going to be there to soothe and smooth every single bump that comes along.

You're only making things worse when you don't work on helping your kid become acceptable to the majority of society.  Everyone wants the universe to revolve around them and their loved ones, but realize that your kid is only going to be more marginalized if you keep demanding more and more frivolous accomodations.

This is not the hill to die on for this kid.


I do wish parents of autistic kids could understand this one. Because after they're gone, or the child develops the size and strength to become too much for them to cope with, you know where the end up? The loving arms of the prison system.
 
2020-07-11 5:17:14 PM  
Heinbaugh posted a video of her experience and her son's emotional reaction to Facebook yesterday

Good job maximizing the misery for your kid, Karen. He will never forget this special day you made for him.
 
2020-07-11 5:17:19 PM  
"It's very difficult to explain to him we can't [go back to the park]," Heinbaugh said.

Try this:

"Hey! It's time to go home and eat gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, ice cream!"

Time passes. Kid gets over his amusement park trauma.
 
2020-07-11 5:18:45 PM  
She actually has a legit reason for her kid not to wear a mask.  But the ADA doesn't say shiat about your kid's right to go to a goddamn theme park in the middle of a pandemic and spread germs around.  Frankly, the damn place shouldn't even be open.
 
2020-07-11 5:19:21 PM  

iheartscotch: Isn't Hershypark a privately owned entity? Then, they can make whatever rules they want. They don't have to let anyone in, ever.


Not exactly. Can't make a park that excludes veterans, Hindus or Mexicans, for example. This isn't 'Nam. There are rules.
 
2020-07-11 5:19:46 PM  

iheartscotch: Isn't Hershypark a privately owned entity? Then, they can make whatever rules they want. They don't have to let anyone in, ever.


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2020-07-11 5:21:06 PM  
The intention behind posting the video was not to garner free things or start legal action, she said, but instead to draw attention to families like hers and be able to take her son back to the park.

Ever heard of 'Typhoid Mary'?
 
2020-07-11 5:22:18 PM  

BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Although, it's literally, right in the middle of Hershey, PA. Neighborhoods are right up next to the park boundaries.

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2020-07-11 5:22:37 PM  

BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Two of my favorite coasters are in that picture. Fahrenheit (the orange track) and the Wild Mouse. There might even be part of Lightning Racer.

Seriously, lady. PA isn't messing around. Mask the kid or GTFO.

Really want to get up there to ride the new coaster. I have friends who've ridden Candymonium and loved it.
 
2020-07-11 5:23:01 PM  
I have friends with autistic kids. I know it can be rough on the parents, and getting the kids someplace where they can let their energy out can be a huge relief... but it's a pandemic.
 
2020-07-11 5:24:54 PM  
Poor kid. Imagine going through life with a mom like that.
 
2020-07-11 5:25:05 PM  

kokomo61: BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Although, it's literally, right in the middle of Hershey, PA. Neighborhoods are right up next to the park boundaries.

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Just on that side. And I miss the white coaster. RIP Roller Soaker.
 
2020-07-11 5:26:32 PM  

iheartscotch: Isn't Hershypark a privately owned entity? Then, they can make whatever rules they want. They don't have to let anyone in, ever.


There are definitely restrictions on the rules they can make.

Requiring masks in a pandemic is a rule they can make, and in many states are required to enforce to stay open.
 
2020-07-11 5:28:11 PM  

Notabunny: Poor kid. Imagine going through life with a mom like that.


Autism is due in part to environment.
 
2020-07-11 5:28:55 PM  
I wonder if you went back and looked at her Facebook pics from previous Halloweens if we'd find a photo of this kid in a mask...
 
2020-07-11 5:30:38 PM  

Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.


You act like people even try to parent.
People do the cage free thing. Because actual parenting is extremely difficult and time-consuming.
Don't nobody got time for that are you crazy.
 
2020-07-11 5:31:04 PM  
This keeps up, she can get him this within 7-21 days

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2020-07-11 5:31:40 PM  
I'm sympathetic to the lady to a certain degree.  Autistic kids frequently have sensory issues that make getting them to wear different clothes hard.  My son won't tolerate things around his wrists, for example.

Having said that, if he won't wear a mask, then find someplace else to go.   No one should be at risk for infection because your kid is autistic.  That isn't a reasonable accommodation.
 
2020-07-11 5:32:51 PM  

baltimoreblonde: BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Two of my favorite coasters are in that picture. Fahrenheit (the orange track) and the Wild Mouse. There might even be part of Lightning Racer.

Seriously, lady. PA isn't messing around. Mask the kid or GTFO.

Really want to get up there to ride the new coaster. I have friends who've ridden Candymonium and loved it.


I'm old..I remember the Comet and the Sooper Dooper Looper. And whatever the black metal thing with 3 loops they put in that goes forwards and backwards.

Been a while since I've been to HP. Clearly I've missed a few upgrades.
 
2020-07-11 5:33:24 PM  

ifky: The kids doesn't wear shoes either? Why in the hell would you want to walk on hot black top?


Helloooo, ringworm
 
2020-07-11 5:36:12 PM  

baltimoreblonde: kokomo61: BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Although, it's literally, right in the middle of Hershey, PA. Neighborhoods are right up next to the park boundaries.

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Just on that side. And I miss the white coaster. RIP Roller Soaker.


There are houses on the other side within a block (not in the pic) behind ZooAmerica. You can also see them when you're not about to lose it on the back side of Great Bear.

My favorite coaster there is Storm Runner. It's not long, but that first launch and climb over the first outside turn is killer.

/getreadyforverticalacceleration
 
2020-07-11 5:36:59 PM  

Harmonic Discord: I can completely understand the potential difficulties in getting a 6 year old with Autism to properly wear a mask. But if she actually cared about the kid, she would work with him on wearing a mask, starting somewhere like their own yard at home to better ease him into getting used to wearing it. But instead she decides to use him as a prop for her own needs - and her behavior in front of the him is creating far more distress for the kid than not being able to go the park would. She needs to STFU and take some basic parenting classes.


As sympathetic to her plight as I am, she did not help things by taking the kid there. He was primed and ready to go to his favorite place in the world and for reasons he is incapable of understanding he cannot.

Mom bears the blame on this one. You have to be willfully ignorant to the entire world to think you are going to be able to go to a public park of any kind in this situation without some sort of face covering no exceptions.
 
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2020-07-11 5:37:42 PM  
I'll also recommend the famous Highway, but it's by invitation only and it's not for this kid.
 
2020-07-11 5:38:26 PM  
$100 bet that the individual is female, white and entitled. Is her name Karen or Tara or Becky?
/DRTFA
 
2020-07-11 5:40:26 PM  
Sounds like she bought the March early-bird 'bottomless chardonnay glass,' card and can't find a baby sitter.
 
2020-07-11 5:40:51 PM  
It makes you wonder why Donnie Orange Ice Cream Man failed to do anything between the Chinese and European travel bans.
 
2020-07-11 5:42:05 PM  
If your son is so medically fragile that he can't wear a mask in public, he shouldn't be in public during a pandemic. The rest of polite society is wearing a mask so you don't have to go coffin shopping. Reciprocate the idea that we're all in this together and need to sacrifice together.
 
2020-07-11 5:43:16 PM  
I don't know what the surface transmission rate is, but I'm not willing to test its limits. Theme park lines and rides are full of touchy surfaces.

On the other hand, Hersheypark with less crowding? That's got to be a treat.

On the third hand, painful suffocating death.
 
2020-07-11 5:45:52 PM  

kokomo61: BunkyBrewman: For those of you confusing it with some sort of city park: (it's not)

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Although, it's literally, right in the middle of Hershey, PA. Neighborhoods are right up next to the park boundaries.

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Which means as a private business they are absolutely in their rights to demand masks. Don't like it? Don't visit there. Vote with your dollars, Karen. Stop trying to get others to take up YOUR damage...
 
2020-07-11 5:47:41 PM  
The Pope of Manwich Village:
Try this:
"Hey! It's time to go home and eat gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, ice cream!"
Time passes. Kid gets over his amusement park trauma.


That's an excellent solution, really.

Because it's very hard to be angry that you didn't get to ride the bumper cars when there is a hot molten jet of pure concentrated lumpy liquid evil rocketing out your backside with enough thrust for your body to escape Earth's gravity well.

Eat up, little Billy.
 
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