KEY POINTS

  • A Colorado mom claimed she was nearly arrested at the Frontier City Six Flags in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, over her shorts
  • Footage of the incident showed the woman's daughter crying while the mother argued with management
  • Six Flags said the mom, who said she has autism, was escorted out of the park due to her behavior, not her clothing

A mother from Durango, Colorado, said she was banned from an Oklahoma Six Flags amusement park and was nearly arrested because management said her shorts were "too short."

Bailey Breedlove, who said she has autism, recounted the "traumatizing" April 30 incident in a Facebook post, where she claimed it all started when a security officer in Frontier City Six Flags in Oklahoma City, accosted her daughter and followed up with the comment on Breedlove's clothing. 

"About 7 pm my daughter was yelled at by a park police officer for rolling down a hill on her heelies right next to me, I was holding her hand. Then she proceeded to follow me and grabbed my shoulder to turn me around and proceeded to tell me my shorts were 'too short,'" Breedlove wrote in the May 3 post, which included a short clip of the encounter. "My experience there was traumatizing."

According to Breedlove, she walked toward her boyfriend as she was "autistic" and had a "hard time talking to officers." The officer, however, allegedly followed Breedlove and started to yell at her and call 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," she wrote.

Breedlove was then allegedly "threatened with criminal trespassing" when she attempted to buy new shorts so her family could continue to enjoy their vacation. She claimed she was "pushed and escorted toward the entrance."

When the family was about to leave the establishment, Breedlove claimed the female security officer blocked her and pulled out handcuffs, demanding that she provide an ID. When asked for the probable cause that prompted the request, they answered it was "because they are the police," the woman claimed.

Breedlove said she started to record the incident at this point so they would have footage of the "unlawful tactics." Footage of the incident showed Breedlove's daughter crying while the mother argued with management.

"They wouldn't provide us with badge numbers and I was terrified I was about to go to jail over a pair of shorts," the mother said.

She criticized the park in her post, saying her 11-year-old daughter was "crying hysterically thinking her mother was about to be arrested." Breedlove also called the park's policies "vague and confusing." "The way you body shame and discriminate is unlawful," she added.

Breedlove further said she believes she deserves a refund "for the trauma caused to my family over a pair of shorts on a hot day." She then claimed she received a five-year ban from the park over the incident. Breedlove, however, said she does not plan on returning.

According to an update to the original post, Breedlove and her family have since spoken with a captain with the Oklahoma Police Department and they were told that the female officer involved was not an officer from the city's police force.

In response to Breedlove's post, a Six Flags spokesperson told the New York Post in a statement that the mother "was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks." 

The spokesperson explained Breedlove was escorted out of the park, not because of her shorts, but "because of her behavior towards the police, our team members and other park guests."

An internal review of the encounter found Breedlove was "given multiple opportunities to change or cover up, but refused. Instead, she responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks."

fair-4481699_1920 Representation. A spokesperson for Six Flags said the mother was escorted out of the park due to her behavior, not because of her clothing. Photo: Pixabay