Video: Full-figured mom booted from water park gains national support

Madelyn Sheaffer
Photo Credit KSHB Action News

Madelyn Sheaffer is a full-figured, middle aged woman who alleges that she was treated unfairly after being kicked out of a water park for wearing a skimpy bikini.

The 42-year-old Missouri woman had just lost 100 pounds and was at the Adventure Oasis water park on Tuesday in Independence, Mo., with her niece and nephew when employees asked her to put on shorts because her bottom was too small.

“I just felt like I was singled out,” Sheaffer told the local NBC affiliate KSHB.

A sentiment that others seem to agree with as national support for Sheaffer continues to build, including fans of KHSB’s Facebook page.

“I felt like it was both age and body discrimination and I felt like I could look around me and I could see a handful of other girls half my age, wearing the same size swimming suit and not being […] told to put on clothes or leave.”

Sheaffer asked if she could talk to a supervisor, who told her she needed to cover up or leave the park.

“He said this is a family park [and] it is inappropriate attire, and not only do I want you to put on shorts, but you can put on a shirt too because your [bikini] top is too small as well,” she told ABC News. She refused to comply.

Police were called and escorted her out. Sheaffer did file a complaint against the water park. The City of Independence owns the water park and told other news media, “The facility made the call and we rely on their judgment.”

If it’s of any consolation, Sheaffer did meet the guidelines of a “More Magazine” survey that suggests women can fashionable wear bikinis until age 47.

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