An Oklahoma woman was reportedly kicked out of a Six Flags theme park because her shorts were too short — these being the same shorts she had on when admitted — which would be a curious take given what’s allowed on television these days.
Bailey Breedlove was confronted by park security while visiting Frontier City on April 30 with her daughter, and told the length of her shorts was unacceptable. The woman referred to the incident as a “body shaming’’ experience in a statement she posted on Facebook.
“I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts,’’ she said. “Your officers had my 11 year old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested.”
In the post, Breedlove explained that she had been visiting the theme park for about two hours when an encounter with a female security guard set off a chain of actions.
A video that was shared on TikTok shows Breedlove being confronted by two officers who are demanding that she show them identification before she could leave, as her young daughter sits next to her sobbing.
“About 7 pm my daughter was yelled at by a park police officer for rolling down a hill on her heelies right next to me, I was holding her hand,” the mother wrote. “Then she proceeded to follow me and grabbed my shoulder to turn me around and proceeded to tell me my shorts were ‘too short’. I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers.”
Breedlove said the security guard “followed me yelling and calling for backup.”
“I was told I needed to go buy new shorts which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don’t want to,” she said. “Then I was threatened with criminal trespassing when I agreed to buy new shorts so my family could enjoy their vacation. I was then pushed and escorted toward the entrance.”
“Accepting this, we were about to leave and were blocked by your female officer from leaving and she pulled out her cuffs and demanded my ID,’’ Breedlove wrote.
According to the post, Breedlove was banned from the park for five years because of the incident.
Not that she’s willing to let things go at that.
“Your policies are vague and confusing and the way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful,” she informed Six Flags. “I paid a lot of money at your park for our family vacation and I believe I deserve a refund for the trauma caused to my family over a pair of shorts on a hot day.”
She further explained that she has contacted an attorney, adding that she “will not be returning to any of your parks if this is how you treat woman and law abiding citizens and visitors. You should be ashamed with yourselves.”
A Six Flags spokesperson said in a release to the media that Breedlove “was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks.”
The reason she was escorted from the park was “because of her behavior towards the police, our team members, and other park guests,” the spokesperson said, adding, “Six Flags does not body shame and did not remove this guest from Frontier City because of the length of her shorts.”
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