July 5, 2013

Independence woman’s bikini issue at Adventure Oasis going viral

Earlier this week, Madelyn Sheaffer was told by employees at Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence to cover up or leave. Now her story is making news worldwide.

They’re talking about Madelyn Sheaffer’s bikini all the way in Australia this week after she got kicked out of Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence reportedly because her swimsuit bottoms were too small.

KSHB-TV broke the story of how Sheaffer, 43, was in the pool with her niece and nephew on Tuesday when two teenage employees told her to put on shorts.

Cover up or leave the park, a supervisor reportedly told her.

According to the TV station, Sheaffer recently lost 100 pounds and had just started wearing a bikini.

“I just felt like I was singled out,” she told KSHB. “I felt like it was both age and body discrimination and I felt like I could look around me and I could see a handful of other girls half my age, wearing the same size swimming suit and not being singled out and told to put on clothes or leave.”

She asked the water park folks to call the police so she could file a complaint.

On her Facebook page she wrote how the police who responded seemed to sympathize with her.

“’We can't actually say anything,’ they said as we walked outside, (as it is a city owned park), ..but I hope from the expressions on our face you can tell how we feel.’ They were compassionate. They too, thought it was ridiculous,” she wrote.

City officials left the decision up to the water park. Many commenters on web sites and blogs from England to Australia that are reporting the story believe the water park was out of line in its request.

“If they were trying to be ‘family oriented’ and required everyone to wear one-piece suits and long trunks (no bikinis, no speedos). But since they apparently don't, I say shame on them for ruining this family’s day.” wrote one commenter.

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