Dress codes are a normal part of life. Depending on where we go, we’re expected to be dressed a certain way. You wouldn’t go to a job interview dressed the same way as you’d be when going to a rock concert, for instance.
Companies and organizations can all have their own dress codes, and they have a right to enforce them.
Still, there can be such a thing as being overbearing when enforcing dress codes.
That’s exactly what one Six Flags cop put a woman and her daughter through in Oklahoma City.
Abuse of Authority
Bailey Breedlove is the mother of an 11-year-old girl. On April 30, she went with her daughter to a Six Flags in Oklahoma City.
At one point her daughter decided, while wearing Heely shoes, to roll down a hill at the theme park while her mother held her hand.
Seeing this, however, one of the cops at Six Flags came and stopped the two of them from doing this. Rolling down the hill was against the park’s rules.
Breedlove proceeded to explain to the cop that she had been holding her daughter’s hand, so her daughter was in no danger. But the cop proceeded to follow her, grab her arm and tell her that her shorts were too short to be appropriate for the park.
At this point, Breedlove proceeded straight to her boyfriend, feeling put upon even though, as she put it, she had “committed no crime.”
The officer became angry at being ignored, proceeded to follow Breedlove and yell after her, and then called over the park manager.
In fairness, there was probably an innocent explanation for this part of the interaction. Breedlove claims to have autism, which would make her nervous around strangers and not effective at responding to social cues. The officer had no way of knowing this, however, and so probably grew angry thinking that he was being blatantly ignored and that he had to deal with someone who was insubordinate.
Even though that much could be chalked up to an honest misunderstanding, things escalated from there.
When the manager showed up, he too said that Breedlove’s shorts were too short and that she would have to buy new ones if she wanted to visit the park.
She objected to this and said that she shouldn’t be forced to buy things that she didn’t want to.
To quote her description of what happened, “Then I was threatened with criminal trespassing when I agreed to buy new shorts so my family could enjoy their vacation. I was then pushed and escorted toward the entrance. Accepting this, we were about to leave and were blocked by your female officer from leaving and she pulled out her cuffs and demanded my ID. When we asked for a probable cause their answer was, ‘because we are the police.’”
Ultimately, Breedlove was issued a five-year ban from Six Flags.
As some people pointed out, though, nothing in Six Flags’ dress code, which can be found online, seems to prohibit anything like the kind of shorts that Breedlove was wearing.