"You're not going outside dressed like
that!" It's something we moms are used to saying, especially to our
teenaged kids as they get ready for school and parties. But, the
Business-Standard reports, the tables were turned a few days ago at a water
park in Missouri. Authorities there tossed out a mother of a teenage girl for
sporting swimwear that they felt was too revealing. The disgruntled mother has
taken her grievances public, complaining to the press.
Madelyn Schaeffer visited Adventure Oasis, in
Independence, Missouri, last Tuesday with her 14-year-old daughter in tow. All
was well until Schaeffer, 43 years old, changed into a bikini that
apparently left little to the imagination. Upon seeing her, the staff ordered
her to cover up. Schaeffer later told reporters that the staffers, who were
teenage girls, told her that her outfit was inappropriate for a family park.
Schaeffer refused to do as the staffers asked,
challenging them to call the police on her if they felt so strongly about it.
And indeed, 15 minutes later, the police arrived to toss her out.
Schaeffer later complained that there were
plenty of females at the park whose swimsuit choices were equally daring. But,
she said, the others who were dressed in teeny-weeny-bikinkis were teenagers.
She feels that she was singled out for unfair treatment because of her age and
City authorities say they strongly disagree.
They contend that it is up to the manager and staffers at the waterpark to
determine if customers are dressed appropriately.