A 43-year-old woman was asked to leave a water park in Missouri, US on Tuesday because her bikini was "too small". SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO.
Madelyn Sheaffer said she was visiting the Adventure Oasis Water Park with her family and went into the pool with her niece and nephew when she was approached by two teenage members of staff and told to put on a pair of shorts because her bottoms were too small.
When a supervisor arrived, she was told to cover up or leave the park.
Describing the incident on her Facebook page, Madelyn wrote: "I went to the Independence, Missouri City Pool today with my 68 year old mother, 14 year old daughter, 10, 9, and 7 year old nieces and nephew. We had just arrived and I got inside the pool with the 10 and 9 year old, when two teenage female employees of the pool (the pool is ran by teenagers) came up and told me that I would need to put a cover up on as my swim suit was inappropriate.
"'This is a family park,' they said. 'Yes, and I am a family person, I said, and am here with my family.' They said I had to cover up or leave, so I said, 'What sort of discrimination is this? Is it because you think I am too old to wear a bikini, or because I look too good in one?'"
Madelyn said she refused to cover up, and told them that they would need to call the police if they wanted to get rid of her
"Fifteen minutes later the police did arrive, and said that while they did not agree, they had to do their job. "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.'"
She said: "They too, thought it was ridiculous. I am a 43-year-old woman who did not have the confidence, or the body, to put on a bikini until was 40 years old. I will not be discriminated against because I look too good in one."
Sheaffer spoke to KSHB and said she was suing the water park.
"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."
The City of Independence said it was up to the manager to decide if a person's clothing was not appropriate and said "we rely on their judgment."
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