A recent incident at the Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City, US, has sparked controversy after a mother claimed that she was harassed by park staff over the length of her shorts. Bailey Breedlove shared footage of the incident on TikTok, where it went viral. In the video, a park staff member can be heard saying that the shorts were “too small,” while another staff member in a police shirt asked for the mother’s ID. Breedlove says that the encounter left her feeling humiliated and that her 11-year-old daughter was distressed by the incident.
According to Breedlove, the altercation began when a park staff member confronted her daughter over rolling down hills in her Heelys shoes. Breedlove claims that the staff member then began to harass her over the length of her shorts, which she says are perfectly appropriate. In the video, Breedlove’s daughter can be seen with her head in her hands as the argument unfolds.
After the encounter, Breedlove and her family were escorted out of the park. The incident has since prompted backlash against the park and its parent company, Six Flags. However, the company released a statement denying that its staff had body-shamed Breedlove or her daughter. Instead, the company claimed that Breedlove was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks and that she was given multiple opportunities to change or cover up but refused.
The company’s statement alleges that Breedlove responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks. The company claims that the mother was removed from the park after she refused to stop her unruly and offensive behavior, targeted at the police and other park guests. The statement also asserts that the video clip that Breedlove posted on TikTok does not fully portray her behavior during the incident.
The incident has sparked debate over dress codes and body-shaming, with some people arguing that the park staff overstepped their boundaries by commenting on the length of Breedlove’s shorts. Others have pointed out that the park has the right to enforce its dress code policy, especially if a guest’s clothing violates the policy or makes other guests uncomfortable.
Regardless of where people stand on the issue, the incident highlights the importance of clear communication and respect between park staff and guests. Park staff should always strive to be courteous and respectful when enforcing policies, and guests should try to comply with park rules and policies to avoid any confrontations. At the same time, parks and other public places should strive to create policies that are inclusive and respectful of all guests, regardless of their body type or style of dress.
In the end, the incident at the Frontier City amusement park serves as a reminder that respect, communication, and inclusivity should be at the forefront of any public place’s policies and interactions with guests. While the exact details of the incident are still being debated, it’s clear that there’s room for improvement when it comes to how parks and other public places handle situations like this one. Hopefully, this incident can serve as a catalyst for positive change and greater understanding between park staff and guests.