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A woman has gone viral on social media after claiming she was kicked out of an amusement park because her shorts were too short.
Recently, Bailey Breedlove was visiting Frontier City Six Flags amusement park with her boyfriend and family in Oklahoma City, Okla. when she was approached by a security guard and asked to leave.
According to Breedlove, her family had been enjoying the park for two and half hours when a park police officer "yelled" at her 11-year-old daughter for going downhill on her skate shoes. Breedlove claims a female park security guard began to follow her before grabbing her shoulder to inform her that her shorts were "too short."
Breedlove shared a video recorded during the incident in which two security guards asking her for identification, while her daughter appears visibly upset. As Breedlove and her family exited the premises, the officer demanded to see her identification, accused her of criminal trespassing, and banned her from returning to any Six Flags locations for the next five year
The "traumatizing" incident was especially difficult for Breedlove because she is autistic and required her boyfriend's help to talk to the officers.
Breedlove claims the park's manager began "body shaming" her and said she "needed to go and buy new shorts."
"They wouldn't provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts. Your officers had my 11-year-old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested," Breedlove said to the park in her public post. "Your policies are vague and confusing and the way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful. 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."
Her decision to speak out against the theme park has been met with support — and has raised concern over Six Flags' policies.
"I hope your family is able to get a reversal and apology from the Six Flags park and an offer to try to repair the damage they did to your family on that day," one person commented. "It really sucks that the 'rent a cop' went beyond their rights."
"Sue the f—- out of them just for that rent a cop putting their hands on you alone. Get all their money and then let’s go to Disney World," wrote another.
"There is literally a promo ad on their [Six Flags] Facebook page featuring a woman in a swimsuit," one person pointed out. "How is a swimsuit OK but shorts are bad?"
"Completely sexist policy," someone chimed in.
"Welcome to Oklahoma, where it’s legal to walk around with your breasts out and an ounce of gas stuffed down your pants, yet when you show a little too much leg, someone just has to go and sexualize it," another wrote.
While Six Flags' policy does not state anything specifically about shorts, it does enforce a "family-friendly" dress code.
"In keeping with our family-friendly environment and for safety reasons, Six Flags enforces a dress code. Proper attire must be worn in the Park at all times, including shirts and appropriate footwear," their website reads. "Tattoos or clothing with offensive language or graphics are not permitted at any time. Examples of clothing not permitted are those which display profanity, pornography, graphic violence, support of drugs or drug use, gang symbols, and promoting discrimination against any group...park admission may be denied if clothing or tattoos are deemed to be inappropriate by management."
The Six Flags location that Breedlove attended has since released a statement defending the actions of their employee.
“The guest was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks. She was given multiple opportunities to change or cover up, but refused,” the statement reads. “Instead, she responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks. The guest was ejected from the park after she refused to stop her unruly and offensive behaviour, targeted at the police and other park guests. The video clip this guest has posted on the internet does not fully portray her behaviour during this incident.”