A visit to Universal Studios in Orlando for a daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday surprise turned into a nightmare when the family was kicked out over a shirt the father was wearing.
“They kicked me out because of my T-shirt,” Jupiter, Fla. resident Christian Jarosz told local TV station WPTV-5.
While he is not a police officer, Jarosz wore a shirt given to him by his brother – a New York cop – that had the word “police” in big letters on the back of it.
“I’ve worn the shirt to Disney and other theme parks,” Jarosz told the TV station. “I didn’t even think about it when I put it on.”
The family had been cleared through security, and were on their way to the Blue Man Group show on Saturday night when they said security officers stopped them. Jarosz was told he couldn’t wear the shirt in the park.
“We wanted to get to the show. It was about Sabryna’s birthday,” Christian’s wife, Diana Jarosz, told WPTV. “So he’s like, ‘Follow us, we’ll go to Billabong, we’ll buy a shirt.’ I picked out a shirt for him.”
The Jaroszes said they questioned the policy, but were buying a new shirt when more security arrived.
“[They said], ‘Don’t bother; you guys are out of here,’” Christian said. “We were like, ‘What are you talking about? We are out of here? We are buying a shirt.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t even worry about it. Don’t buy it. You guys are all out of here’.”
A spokesman for Universal Studios Orlando emailed a statement to WPTV-5 that said:
“The only people we allow in our parks with shirts or other clothing that might identify them as police officers are working law enforcement personnel. This is for everyone’s safety and to avoid confusion by our guests. And while we don’t discuss specific guest situations, I can tell you it is our practice to clearly explain policy decisions to our guests – and it is not our practice to ask guests to leave our theme parks simply because they ask us questions. I’d invite these guests to contact us if they’d like to have a conversation about what happened.”
While the Jarosz family said Blue Man Group refunded the $500 they spent on tickets, they say they probably won’t visit Universal again.
Watch the report via WPTV-5: