Jewish day camps not welcome at Laval trampoline centre

A representative of Acrosport Barani, who identified himself as the manager but would not give his full name, said his trampoline centre in Laval is no longer accepting reservations from Jewish day camps.

He told CJAD the situation is regrettable but necessary, given that he has had trouble collecting payment from Jewish day camps in the past.

But he said that the private company can refuse any business it chooses.

Except it can't, according to the Quebec Human Rights Charter.

Steven Slimovitch of the local chapter of B'nai Brith says he is stunned by the allegations.

"There's no question that this kind of anti-Semitism is extremely rare, in other words blatant, in-your-face anti-Semitism," he said. "You simply don't see this in the year 2014."

He says his organization will contact Acrosport Barani to get their side of the story and try to reach some sort of resolution.

But Slimovitch says that if they are not satisfied, they may bring the case before the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

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  1. gary lawrence posted on 05/16/2014 12:43 PM
    If ANYONE refuses to pay , they have the right to refuse them in the future !! What's the argument here ???
    1. Anon in MTL posted on 05/20/2014 03:50 PM
      @gary lawrence Really? I don't really understand your (and several other) comments... Think you've missing the point here...

      These bigoted business owners are refusing to the reservations to a COMPLETELY different group of Jewish camp owners, NOT the original ones who didn't pay.

      They are saying that ALL Jewish people are too risky, because they had a problem in the past with other group.
  2. Ray S posted on 05/16/2014 01:03 PM
    If there is a history of non-payment, how on earth can this be construed as anti-semitism?
    1. ted posted on 05/21/2014 01:29 PM
      @Ray S If any group that did not pay wants to reserve, then the owner would be right in refusing them. However to ban all Jewish groups regardless of if they had been there before or not, is basic antisemitisim. How would it be, Ray, if I banned all guys named Ray from getting beer in my restaurant, just because some guy named Ray skipped out on a bill. It may not have been you, but because your name is Ray and I have banned all Rays. Seems right, Ray? No beer for you because of that cheap guy who slithered out. You would be correct in calling this a hate crime - hate against "Rays". Or not letting you ride my bus. Or making you sit in the back of the bus. That, Mr. Ray, is bigotry, pure and simple.
  3. Kent posted on 05/16/2014 01:04 PM
    Sounds a whole lot like profiling.... Sounds a whole lot like totally unacceptable
  4. Richard Quintal posted on 05/16/2014 01:07 PM
    Is this anti-Semitism or simply trying to cut losses. If it were a non-denominational daycare that was banned after it didn't pay after using the services, it wouldn't even make the news
  5. Jawnie posted on 05/16/2014 01:20 PM
    if he is banning them because of non payment of their bills then what's the problem? Will a Jewish person keep supplying services to a non Jewish person if they don't pay their bills?
  6. Me posted on 05/16/2014 01:21 PM
    Yes... they can refuse business if the have had trouble collecting from them before. Things are not free, I don't know why they think they should be treated in a special way?
  7. Murray posted on 05/16/2014 03:00 PM
    Why doesn't the trampoline centre simply name the camp(s) in question so that others will not deal with them?

    Normal businesses ask for COD once they have a problem collecting from a firm
  8. Sum Dum Guy posted on 05/16/2014 05:50 PM
    Its a private club and likewise OUR (JEwish) estabvlishments should deny service to whoever we want! At least , now Mtl Jews know of a place they can take their trash to if the city trash collectors are late that day. What Jew in his right mind would want to have his/her kids there now???
  9. Peter Machado posted on 05/16/2014 07:08 PM
    Unbelievable! in the 21st century, in Canada; just totally Unbelievable.
    I suggest we all boycott this company!
  10. Skibble5150 posted on 05/17/2014 05:32 PM
    Simply ask them for the money up front.
    If they refuse, show them the door.

    Simple...and it doesn't have to be this major news story.
  11. peter posted on 05/20/2014 05:26 PM
    i am a business owner
    if someone does not pay i dont serve them...
    that has nothing to do with antisemitism
    this is ridiculous and this article is nonsense
    pay your bills!
  12. Bill posted on 05/22/2014 06:36 AM
    The sheer stupidity of some of the comments here is just incredible. How can anyone justify what this trampoline business is doing. It is just hateful. Secondly it prejudges a whole community based allegedly on an incident that may or may not have taken place. I really hope that the courts eventually fine this ignorant and bigoted business.
  13. Dee M posted on 05/22/2014 06:55 AM
    Banning all Jewish camps is making a statement against Jewish people. The owner should just ban the camps that didn't pay. It is blatant anti-Semitism to even mention that the camp was Jewish. Who cares what kind of camp it was? I'm sure he has had trouble obtaining payment from other people too. And, I'm not Jewish.
  14. Paul posted on 05/23/2014 11:59 AM
    Acrosport has every right to refuse to do business with individuals or organizations that has given them trouble in the past. The key words are "individuals" and "organizations", not religion, race, ethnicity and etc.

    This companies actions would e like a theater refusing entry to every black man because two groups of black males caused trouble in the past. It is not acceptable to take out your frustrations on an entire group for the actions of isolated individuals or organizations.

    Their actions are raciest and ant-Semitic regardless how they try to justify it.
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