This mom says Oklahoma Six Flags banned her for wearing short shorts. Here’s what happened
Six Flags says the woman was not thrown out of the Frontier City for the length of her shorts, but for being unruly and using profanity towards park staff.
A woman says she was berated and kicked out of an Oklahoma Six Flags over the length of her shorts, but the amusement park has said the banished patron isn’t telling the whole story.
Bailey Breedlove alleged that a park security officer and manager at Six Flags’ Frontier City in Oklahoma City accosted, body-shamed and banned her from any Six Flags for five years because the shorts she wore during an April 30 visit were too short, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
- “I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers. She followed me yelling and calling for backup. Then your incompetent manager showed up and began body-shaming me. I was told I needed to go buy new shorts which I am not obligated to purchase anything I don’t want to,” Breedlove wrote on a Facebook post, according to the Star-Telegram.
Her 11-year-old daughter was also in attendance and, in a video, appears to be crying during the confrontation, the Star-Telegram reported.
- “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,” she added on Facebook.
An ‘unruly’ guest, Six Flag says
But Six Flags disagrees with Breedlove’s account of the incident and has said the mom was “unruly” and used profanity after she was confronted by park security because her shorts exposed her buttocks to park guests and staff.
- “The guest (Breedlove) was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks,” Six Flags said in a statement to McClatchy News.
- “She was given multiple opportunities to change or cover up, but refused. Instead, she responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks. The guest was removed from the park after she refused to stop her unruly and offensive behavior, targeted at the police and other park guests. The video clip this guest has posted on the internet does not fully portray her behavior during this incident,” according to the park’s statement to McClatchy News.
- “Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment and does not tolerate racism, discrimination, or hateful behavior in any form or from anyone, whether a team member or park guests,” the amusement park said on Twitter.
What is Six Flags’ dress code?
In an explanation of Frontier City’s dress code posted on their website, Six Flags writes, “in keeping with our family-friendly environment and for safety reasons, Six Flags enforces a dress code.”
- “Park admission may be denied if clothing or tattoos are deemed to be inappropriate by management and the guest refuses all reasonable options,” according to the dress code.
- There is nothing specific about the length of shorts listed in the dress code.
But, in a section of the park policies titled “Behavior”, Six Flags says, it expects “all guests to behave in a family-friendly manner. Line jumping, profanity and unruly behavior are offensive to park guests and may be cause for ejection without refund.”