Full-Figured Woman Tossed From Water Park For Wearing A Bikini

When Madelyn Sheaffer went to the Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Mo., on July 2nd, the last thing that she expected was for her family funday to turn into an episode of “Cops”. However, that is exactly what happened when the cops were called to the water park to have Ms. Sheaffer escorted out after she refused the parks request to cover up the “revealing” bikini that she was wearing.

Scheaffer, is a beautiful 43-year old mom that recently lost a 100lbs and is damn proud of her new found curves. So, she probably didn’t think twice about putting on that cute two-piece for a day spent at the pool with her 68-year old mother, 14-year old daughter, and three younger nieces and nephews. However, upon arriving at the water park and climbing into the pool with the kiddies, Madelyn was approached by two female teenagers at the water park and advised that her bikini was “inappropriate” for the “family” water park. The girls then advised her that she would have to either cover up or leave. When Sheaffer refused to honor their request, a supervisor at the park was called and actually co-signed to this nonsense, so Madelyn asked to have the police called to have her removed so that she could file a complaint against the park. 

“I just felt like I was singled out,” Sheaffer told KSHB-TV. “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.”

Unfortunately, officials at the Adventure Oasis Water Park had no comment about the incident. Since the park is on city land, all press inquiries were directed to the City Manager. According to an assistant at the City Manager’s office “the facility made the call and we rely on their judgment.”

So….The City Manager’s office relies of the judgment of two teenyboppers? Really?

Well, check this out…

Ms. Sheaffer looks to be just as curvy as Ms. Kim Kardashian. However, I bet you my baby’s college fund if Kim Kardashian sashayed up in that water park wearing a bikini, that same trio of “authority” would have trampled each other for an autograph!

Independence, MO… shame, shame, shame on YOU! Sheaffer and her family should have never been tossed out, and those so-called voices of authority that you employee should’ve received a lesson in “all people should be treated fairly” regardless of their size and shape. This is exactly why so many women are suffering with eating disorders today. Society continues to perpetuate this fraud of what it means to be beautiful and so many of us continue to feed into it. We really need to do better people.




Tracy Thompson

Tracy Thompson

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Tracy is an Apparel Industry Consultant specializing in Fashion & Accessories. Hailing from New York City, this self-professed lover of all things chocolate, pink, sparkly, beauty and retail related, is a Fashion Institute of Technology grad with over (15) years of experience in the Fashion Industry. With a long time passion for Entrepreneurship and Self-Improvement, Tracy started this online community with the intention of educating, inspiring, and empowering women committed to pursuing their dreams within the fashion, beauty, entertainment, and business world.
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