A Colorado mother claims she was almost arrested at a Six Flags amusement park because a security guard claimed her shorts were too short. The mother posted a video of her argument with the female officer on Facebook and TikTok, where it quickly went viral.
At Frontier City, a Six Flags theme park in Oklahoma City, an autistic mother claims she was 'body shamed' and 'threatened' by a park manager and police officer because of the length of her shorts.
After visiting the park with her 11-year-old daughter on April 30, Bailey Breedlove from Colorado posted a video of the altercation with the female officer about her 'too short' shorts on Facebook and TikTok, where it has gone viral.
'My experience there was traumatizing,' the mother wrote in her Facebook post, explaining that she and her family were invited into the park at 5 p.m. and remained there for several hours without issue.
Breedlove said that a park police officer screamed at her daughter for rolling down a hill in her Heelys skate shoes. The officer then 'grabbed her arm' and told her denim shorts were 'too short,' she said.
'I committed no crime and proceeded to walk to my boyfriend as I am autistic and have a hard time talking to officers,' she recounted. '[The officer] 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 said she was 'threatened with illegal trespassing' and 'then pulled and escorted toward the door' after agreeing to buy new shorts so her 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,' she added. 'When we asked for probable cause, their answer was "because they are the police."'
Breedlove said that they began filming the altercation to provide a video of the 'illegal tactics.'
She posted a video on social media of herself sitting next to her daughter as the manager tells her she's being 'disorderly.' Both he and the officer ask for her identification so that he may file a criminal trespass warrant.
'Look at this. Look at what you are doing to my daughter,' the mom says, pointing to her child, who is sobbing next to her.
'They wouldn't provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts,' she wrote in her post.
'Your officers had my 11-year-old daughter crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested. 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. 'I will not be letting this go as this is 2021 and not middle school. The Oklahoma police department has been contacted as well as an attorney.’
'I have a five-year ban now but will not be returning to any of your parks if this is how you treat [women] and law-abiding citizens and visitors. You should be ashamed with yourselves.'
Breedlove later provided an update, saying she talked with the Oklahoma Police Department captain and was informed that the officer who approached her at the park was not an Oklahoma City cop.