A woman who visited a Missouri water park this week is claiming that she was told to leave after employees allegedly said she should put on shorts because her swimsuit bottoms were too small. She’s now filing a complaint against the facility, saying she feels like she was discriminated against because of her age and body type.
According to KSHB.com, the woman and her group were at the Independence, Mo. water park yesterday afternoon. When she got into the pool with her niece and nephew, she claims two employees approached her and said she needed to put on shorts. She says she asked to speak to a supervisor, and was subsequently told to either cover up or go home.
“I just felt like I was singled out,” she said, “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 tells the news station she just recently lost 100 pounds and started wearing bikinis, and the fact that others were dressed in the same attire but weren’t being made to feel ashamed isn’t fair.
“It’s summertime, it’s a swimming pool — I’m wearing a swimming suit,” she says.
When she asked the water park supervisor to call the cops so she could file a complaint, she says officers showed up and escorted her off the premises.
The city of Independence says the manager can decide if a visitor is wearing appropriate attire, and added that it doesn’t feel like the water park discriminated against the woman.