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Public transit officials have apologized to a woman wearing an Islamic facial veil who was turned away from a bus and rescinded a rule banning people with face coverings.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/B/BRF_PUBLIC_BUS_VEIL?SITE=FLTAM

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Cool. I'm going to try to get on the bus wearing a ski mask.

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A busdriver told the woman in July that she would have to uncover her veil to board the bus, officials said. She had ridden other Rapid buses previously and was able to board another bus the same day.
Doesn't sound like the policy was very well understood by those responsible for enforcing it.

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I've seen people wearing ski masks on buses. And that's without ever having been to a city with ski resorts.
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quote:
Originally posted by Joe Bentley:
Cool. I'm going to try to get on the bus wearing a ski mask.

I don't see why face coverings were banned in the first place. I can see why they might want someone with a photo ID buspass to show their face, but not a general paying customer.

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Many banks in the area here have signs on the door instructing their patrons that they are *required* to remove sunglasses, motorcycle helmets, etc., when entering the bank.

I see this as a fair request.

How long before someone - even a slightly built man - wears a burka as a disguise while robbing a bank?

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I would imagine that it will be a pretty long time before a man wearing a burqa will rob a bank. A burqa is not a piece of clothing that lends itself to quick escape-- you know, witht the long skirt and the limited visibility through the veil. And, in most places, would render the wearer highly visible.

Also, cultures which tend to put women in full burqas do not tend to encourage them to conduct their own financial business either. It might involve then talking to a man who is not their relative.

On the other hand, it is reasonable to expect a woman in a veil (or more) to be able to take public transportation as the same mentality behind the veil in some cases will also require her not to drive. A bank is also private property, where public transport is public accomodation.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hero_Mike:
Many banks in the area here have signs on the door instructing their patrons that they are *required* to remove sunglasses, motorcycle helmets, etc., when entering the bank.

I see this as a fair request.

How long before someone - even a slightly built man - wears a burka as a disguise while robbing a bank?

Reasonable for a bank maybe, but wasn't this about getting on a bus?

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If people wearing burqas become commonplace in society, then no doubt it would not draw as much attention as it does now. Of course, wearing one as a disguise only requires that it be worn *into* the bank - the restrictive lower part can be removed once the money is received, or more pertinently, once the concealed weapon is revealed.

Banks and many other private institutions must make accomodations to persons with disabilities, and often do for the sake of good relations with all of its customers. I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable if the person next to me - in the bank - was wearing a motorcycle helmet.

The requirement that all customers can be identified visually - and for that matter recorded on video if there is a criminal act involved. I dare say that when my friend's wife had her bank account "drained" by someone other than her (or her husband), both she and the bank wished that they could review the video from that day.

There are some areas - private property or not - where it is reasonable and prudent for people to be identifiable. Public transit is one of them. Banks are another. I would also include in this stores like, say, jeweller's shops, where the likelihood of robbery is large. I dare say that wearing a veil to one's local "temple of bling" will gather a lot of suspicion.

There was a time when only two kinds of people hid their face from the public - bad guys, and the Lone Ranger. In many cases now, only the bad guys remain.

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quote:
Originally posted by Hero_Mike:
I dare say that wearing a veil to one's local "temple of bling" will gather a lot of suspicion.

Mike, you should know there is only one officially recognized Temple of Bling and that this is a copyrighted phrase. You owe my friend V and I $100. Each. [Razz]

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