Fred Hussein has owned Canton Coney Island for 18 years or so. Just on that statement alone, one would think he is a pretty decent fella. Small business owner. Employs Americans. Feeds the people. Probably a hard working guy.
Canton Coney Island is located on Lilley Road, just South of Joy in the Golden Gate shopping center. Mr. Hussein's Coney Island is also located a few doors down from where a 16 year old boy was shot late Saturday night, or early Sunday morning, give or take a few minutes.
This young man was shot outside of the After Dark Teen Club, during a Twerking Party hosted by the aforementioned club. So what does this have to do with poor Freddy? Freddy Hussein manages the After Dark Teen Club.
Heck, his daughters even work the front door. That is as close as he will allow them get to the interior of the place though. I am told that he forbids them to be inside. A religious thing. They can work there, they can collect the money from your kids that go in there, but they are forbidden to see what goes on inside.
I've learned a lot about Fred Hussein today. More than I care to know, truth be told.
I know that Mr. Hussein opened this place in October of 2013. I know that he was interviewed by Patch back then, and here is what he said back in October.
He said that he had an idea for this place a few weeks ago. He said that he is booking private parties for teens out of a banquet room that he manages at the Golden Gate shopping center. His first event was an after-Homecoming party in October. Mr. Hussein also manages the Golden Gate Banquet Hall right next door to the After Dark Teen Club. He is a busy guy.
Mr. Hussein went on to say, “ This is a nicer place, why keep it closed? I want to make it safe, clean and utilize it for the community.”
He went on to tell Patch that he plans to dedicate Saturday nights for teen parties such as birthdays, and graduations, and already has a sweet 16 party planned for next week.
He went on to say, “I've been talking to teenagers-they work for me at the Coney Island - and they've been going to Walled lake,” he said. “That area is a little bit rough. So many parents don't want to send their kids that far- a 30-45 minute drive.”
Hussein went on to say that he had hired 5 professional security people at the party and will organize the parking lot.
Okay, it all sounds good right? Birthday parties, sweet sixteen parties, graduation parties. I'm kind of wondering why you would need 5 professional security guards for a sweet 16 party? Or a graduation part? Aren't adults present at these events?
I'll tell you why Fred Hussein needs this security. He isn't having all sweet 16 parties, and birthday parties and such. Wanna know what his Christmas party was called? His Christmas party for these teenagers he so wants to protect? It was billed as The Naughty or Nice Christmas Party. $10 for boys and $5 for the girls. Why the difference in price? I'd really like to know that.
Actually, I already know why it's $10 for boys, and $5 for girls. That's what's best for business! The cheaper it is for girls, the more girls you attract. The more girls you have Twerking on the dance floor, the more boys will come at $10 per head. This is a disgusting way to run a business. This is disgusting in every sense of the word. Using young girls to lure in the guys at ten bucks a head.
How dare this guy use 13 year old girls to attract 19 year old boys. Seriously, that is what he has done. He actually may have older men in the place. Right on the front page of his website it says in bold letters: No ID Required If You Look Under 19
So who the heck knows how old anybody is in the place? Do you want your 13 or 14 year old daughter Twerking for 18 and 19 year old men? Maybe even older men? Most don't dance in this place, they grind. They grind, and nobody knows how old anybody is.
Let's go back to the “professional security” people. I've looked at the YouTube videos, and I've seen these “professional security” people. They look and dress like they are bouncers at a biker bar in Detroit. I have an unnamed source that tells me that they are former bouncers. That wasn't any great revelation to me after I saw them in a video.
Where were these “professional security” people when the shooting went down? The After Dark website clearly states that “Our Security staff is on duty inside and outside the club the entire night.” Where were they Saturday night?
Why do they even need these “professional security” people anyway? This is Canton Township for gosh sakes? I've never met a kid in Canton that I was even remotely afraid of. There isn't much crime to speak of in Canton, most certainly not violent crime.
These are not all Canton kids. Or Plymouth kids. Not even close. I have been told that the majority of the kids that come to this place are from other areas. From Ypsilanti, Belleville, Ann Arbor, and Detroit. I understand that I am entering a sensitive area here, but the story needs to be told, and I am told that upwards of 70% of the kids that attend these Hip Hop dance parties are from communities that have a much higher crime rate. There is no other nice way to put it. If it wasn't so, why the need for all the bouncers?
I don't know where the shooter was from. He could have been from the Plymouth/Canton area, or any of the other communities I mentioned. I don't know where the victim was from either. They both could have been from Canton for all I know. I don't know who started the altercation. All that I do know, is that kids are flocking to this place from all over the place. This is not a local hangout for local teens.
Now we are going to finish this thing with a very disturbing review of some of the items on the Parent Info section of After Dark's website:
After Dark Teen Club is managed by adult professionals. (Who are these professionals, and what are their credentials?)
Parents are welcome to come inside and take a tour of the club before opening hours. (They italicized the word before. That implies that they want parents gone by opening. They re-enforce that point later)
Your child's safety is our number one concern, for that reason, pat downs/searches are conducted to make sure no dangerous or illegal objects are brought into our environment. (How do you pat down even 500 kids in an area so small when they all show up at around 8:00 PM It is logistically impossible. Not only that, but who is patting down the girls? The bouncers? I saw no female security in the videos that I watched)
To keep a fun and relaxed environment, parents are encouraged not to remain inside the building during hours of operation. (Again, parents are encouraged to leave once the doors open. If Grandma wants to attend her Granddaughter’s sweet 16 party, she's out of luck. No parents wanted. This disturbs me more than anything else I have seen. Why do they not want the parents around? What are they trying to hide? I know the kids don't want parents around, but who does Mr. Hussein think he is, to make such a bold request?)
There is one last disturbing thing that I saw, and this is probably just as scary as the unwanted parent thing. In the About Us section of the website, if you scroll all the way to the bottom, it states: After Dark Teen Club reserves the right to take photos and shoot videos of all patrons that enters After Dark Teen Club. Pictures and videos are used for promotional purposes. If you feel a picture should be removed, please feel free to contact us.
So by stating that, you can rest assured that there are “professional adults” taking pictures and videos of your children. You don't know what is on the video. You don't know who they may distribute those pictures or videos to. You don't know who takes them, records them, or possesses them. Do you want a stranger taking pictures and videos of your 13 or 14 year old daughter dancing? Well?
There is more to this story, but for now, here is the bottom line. Mr. Fred Hussein opened this Club, claiming that he wanted a clean, safe place for teenagers. He promised us sweet 16 parties, but instead, he gave us Twerking Parties and “Naughty Or Nice” Christmas parties. And as for safe? It took 4 months. It took 4 lousy months before the first child was shot.
Thank God that boy wasn't killed...