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Tuesday, January 13, 2015 

Haredi rabbi banned from amusement park for posing possible danger to children

The San Antonio Current has word of a Haredi crackpot who wanted to take gender segregated rides at the Six Flags amusement parks network, but that's not what really alarms here. No, what does is that he wanted only to ride with children:
In June 2006, Harris was escorted out of the San Antonio theme park by security after three mothers complained of his asking to "borrow' their boys for a two-person ride. After learning of complaints of strange behavior in other parks, Six Flags instituted a lifetime ban that barred Harris from all 16 of the company's sixteen properties. [...]

Between 1984 and his ban in 2006, the New Haven, Connecticut, resident, who went by the nickname "Flume Dog" because of his love of log flumes and water slides, would purchase a season pass to Six Flags and travel the country every year to ride those particular attractions at the company's parks. In addition to having a passion for water attractions, Harris is also a Hasidic Jew, and religious rules forbid him from riding with a female. These rules, Harris claims, is why he specifically asked for boys to join him on the two person rides.
His "rules" are quite honestly pathetic. As was his tendency to trespass during closing time:
In addition to asking mothers if their boys could ride with him, Six Flags also reported that Harris was found chained to a tree at the Six Flags property in Atlanta, Georgia. He had presumably slept on the property overnight. He would also request that a Six Flag employee would escort him around the park to take pictures of him enjoying the attractions. But that's not weird, Harris claims, he just really, really enjoys Six Flags.
Correction: he's obsessed in a very appalling way. I'm afraid that was just out of line to break in and fasten himself to a tree on the park grounds. A commentor notes one more vital detail:
FYI. I encountered this man on many occasions at multiple parks. He would jump into young kids logs on those rides. He would frighten them and their parents. He would never ride with adults on these rides. Only kids. So the above poster was correct.
That is worrisome, and if he's only going to ride with the youngsters and alarm their parents in the process, he shouldn't be surprised they'll be repelled. I think he needs a psychologist who should discuss his laughable "custom" of not riding with women and stuff like that. As somebody who's still single, I'd want to ride with some hot women if I had what it took to go on rides like these, and maybe it could be a great way to get acquainted. But I've honestly never been up to trying these tricky water gizmos, so maybe just a bumper car ride would be better.

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