Couple faces arrest for alleged assault against teen worker at Sesame Place

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:18 PM | Contributed by Jeff

A New York City man was arrested and a woman is expected to turn herself in to face charges in an alleged assault on a teenage employee at Sesame Place following a dispute over a mask requirement, police said. The employee was taken to a hospital and remained there for seven days. He required surgery for a fractured jaw and injuries to his teeth, police said.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:37 PM

Of course they're from New York

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 7:28 PM
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Hey new guy... so are members of this site. Watch your mouth.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 9:06 PM

So we let Congress get held hostage by the South?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020 11:30 PM
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You need to convince more folks!


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Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:56 PM
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Fazcoasters said:

Of course they're from New York

NYC Metro is in their primary market. Half the people at that park are probably from New York.

Last edited by Fun, Thursday, August 20, 2020 10:56 PM
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Friday, August 21, 2020 8:19 AM

While not to the severity of the Sesame Place incident, my park has experienced similar situations.

We have actually contracted with our local police department to staff our main gate with a police officer because of explosive guest issues over wearing a mask. I've had 15 and 16 year old employees break down crying over the verbal abuse they are getting from guests this summer (mostly over mask issues).

It's bad. People have gone mad. And being a complete asshole is the in thing to do nowadays. I've worked in the theme park industry for almost 30 years and I have never looked more forward to Labor Day than this season.

I honestly would have rather been shut down this summer than having to deal with the guest issues that I (and my staff) have to deal with daily.

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Friday, August 21, 2020 11:35 AM

I make it a cause in my life to jump in and defend "desk clerk, retail worker, etc" who are being abused by a Karen or Chad. This was true before the Mask issue and even more relevant now. It's amazingly cathartic, good fun, and the right thing to do

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Friday, August 21, 2020 11:31 PM

I think it's interesting that after the piling-on of all the limitations and restrictions and closures and everything else, masks were the thing that made people finally say, "enough is enough." It really seems that seemingly minor ask was the thing that finally set people over the edge. Then to make matters worse, masks are a bit dehumanizing. That person, that service worker who never got the respect he deserved in the first place has suddenly become faceless, expressionless and voiceless, and completely anonymous...and tasked with enforcing the rule that everybody hates. So now our unfortunately not hypothetical Troy and Shakeera find it even easier to not think of the service worker as an actual *person* [Footnote]. He's just an annoyance, the latest in a long line of annoyances stretching all the way back to the Bronx. Why not haul off and hit this latest aggravation; it won't accomplish anything but it might feel good...

I have to wonder...would Troy still have hit the guy if his face hadn't been covered? Or would he have thought twice before resorting to assault? Or is he just that much of an *******?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Footnote: To make matters worse, our hero apparently doesn't have a name, at least not so far as NBC is concerned...

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Saturday, August 22, 2020 12:50 AM
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People were punching people in the face before masks and will punch people in the face after masks. Some people are just entitled a*holes.


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Sunday, August 23, 2020 4:45 PM

^^ The mask is so much more personal. One way aisles in Walmart don't invade our personal space and cause physical discomfort like a mask does to those of us that don't tolerate them well. Also the "enough is enough" factor. By the time the mask mandate came in Ohio people were already aggravated to a very high degree from all the other stuff and now the mask is just the icing on the cake because it's right there on your face physically touching you when you're already frustrated from all the other bizarre new rules and closures. I went to lunch with a few ladies from my church yesterday and one of them has a horrible rash from wearing a mask all the time. It looks really painful.

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Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:36 PM
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I don't doubt that but I also bet she didn't punch anyone. Masks being somewhere between a minor nuisance and a gigantic imposition is not a cause of face punching for 99.99999% of people.

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Monday, August 24, 2020 1:42 AM

True. But by definition we are talking about the 0.00001% here; I mean that's why it made the news.

And in case I didn't make it clear enough before, I'm not defending the guy. At worst just trying to get into his head a bit.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.


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Monday, August 24, 2020 2:15 AM
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What an idiot. Whenever I punch someone in the face, I always wear a mask. That way they can’t pick me out of the police lineup.

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Monday, August 24, 2020 8:29 AM

^^Not saying the mask is contributing factor in the need to punch someone, just my theory on why the mask is the point at which many people said enough and stopped being cooperative with the restrictions and demands placed on them.

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Monday, August 24, 2020 8:51 AM

Paisley said:

^^Not saying the mask is contributing factor in the need to punch someone, just my theory on why the mask is the point at which many people said enough and stopped being cooperative with the restrictions and demands placed on them.

That strikes me as a pretty low bar for "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."


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Monday, August 24, 2020 11:29 AM
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"Paging Quiet Riot. Quiet Riot, you're needed at Sesame Place."


Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Monday, August 24, 2020 4:05 PM

I thought that was Twisted Sister's song?

I know every time that I go to a restaurant and read the ever present sign on the door I start off OK. I don't like wearing shirts but I can live with putting a shirt on. But when I get to the next line that requires me to put my shoes on, and then the hostess reminds me to put my shoes on, well I just lose it and I punch her in the face. I sure do hate restrictions.

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Monday, August 24, 2020 8:38 PM

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Monday, August 24, 2020 10:20 PM
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I went to BGT a few days ago and spent yesterday and today at Hershey. Pretty much everyone I saw was adhering to the mask policy in Tampa, but here in PA There were a lot of violators. The staff were masked and doing there best, but the guests at HP didn’t seem to be as concerned about properly wearing masks and especially social distancing. Most people ignored the queue floor stickers for where they should stand. Maybe the new guy was right, people from NY and the northeast really aren’t taking this pandemic as seriously as they should be...


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