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Forty-three year-old Madelyn Sheaffer says she was expelled from Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Missouri after employees told her that her bikini was too revealing and therefore inappropriate, since much of the crowd in attendance was composed of small children and families.
At first, park employees asked Sheaffer to cover up because she was in a family swimming pool and they believed that her swimsuit was too small. When Sheaffer refused, she asked for the supervisor to call police so they could file a complaint. When they arrived, local authorities escorted her out of the park.
Sheaffer, who claims to have recently lost 100 pounds and only recently wearing a bikini, says that she felt discriminated against because of her age and her body. She also claims that there were young women with equally or more revealing outfits on that day that were not asked to leave the premises of the water park.
The woman claims she was acting properly and not engaging in any unlawful or lewd behaviour but instead was just having fun with her niece and nephew.
"You know, when there's 16 and 18-year-old girls wearing just the same amount and no one's criticizing them or making them feel ashamed or making them feel uncomfortable in their bodies. It's summer time, it's a swimming pool, I'm wearing a swimming suit, and I'm not doing anything wrong or bothering anyone else. I was just here to enjoy myself like everybody else," she told a local news reporter.
"I just felt like I was singled out. I felt like it was both age and body discrimination, I see no other reason why I would have been treated this way," Sheaffer added. The New York Daily News reported that the woman has filed a complaint against Adventure Oasis Water Park, charging discrimination.
"A representative from the City of Independence told KSHB that managers have the last word when it comes to deciding whether or not a customer is wearing appropriate clothing, and it's a private business decision as to whether someone is having inappropriate behavior on their premises," the local news station reported.