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Missouri Woman Kicked Out Of Water Park Because Her Bikini Is Too Revealing?

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Madelyn Sheaffer.
Can a bikini at a family water park be too revealing?

A Missouri woman is getting national attention this week for her claims that she was kicked out of a public water park in Independence because employees thought her outfit -- a bikini -- was inappropriate.

"What sort of discrimination is this? Is it because you think I am too old to wear a bikini, or because I look too good in one?" Madelyn Sheaffer, 43, writes on her Facebook page, recalling her response to the employees on Tuesday when they apparently told her she had to cover up or leave.

The woman has a lot to say about this alleged discrimination -- but city officials are not commenting on the matter.

The facility, called Adventure Oasis Water Park, is owned by the city of Independence. A representative from the city manager's office tells Daily RFT this morning that the city hires a professional company called Midwest Pool Management to run the facility and says all comments regarding the incident would come from those officials.

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A representative from that company, however, reiterates that the city owns the facility and will respond to any inquiries, directing us to the city's parks department, where another official tells us again that the company should be addressing questions.

What exactly happened?

The woman says on her Facebook page that she went to the pool with her 68-year-old mother, 14-year-old daughter and nieces and nephews, ages 10, 9 and 7.

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Madelyn Sheaffer.

They had just arrived when two teenage female employees came up to her and confronted her about her bathing suit.

"[They] told me that I would need to put a cover up on as my swim suit was inappropriate," she writes. "'This is a family park,' they said. 'Yes, and I am a family person, I said, and am here with my family.' They said I had to cover up or leave..."

She says that eventually the park called police to escort her out and says the officers were sympathetic, but had to remove her anyway:

There were plenty of 15-18 year old girls at the park in swimsuits equally revealing as mine. This was not a thong. It was a standard, summertime, two piece, string bikini. The same as everyone else, who felt confident enough in their body to wear one. This is summertime...... This is a swimming pool..... "Well I am not covering up, I said, and if you expect me to leave, you had better call the police and have them escort me out. Fifteen minutes later the police did arrive, and said that while they did not agree, they had to do their job. "We can't actually say anything," they said as we walked outside, (as it is a city owned park), ..but I hope from the expressions on our face you can tell how we feel."

They were compassionate. They too, thought it was ridiculous. I am a 43 year old woman who did not have the confidence, or the body, to put on a bikini until was 40 years old. I will not be discriminated against because I look too good in one.

As she waited for a news crew to arrive, "Several people...told me how ridiculous this all was, and complimented me on my swimsuit."

Here's video from KSHB of her interview.

Sheaffer, whose story has received national media attention, says in new Facebook posts that she has been getting all kinds of positive feedback from around the world:

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Here's a larger version of the photo she posted on Facebook after the incident.

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Daily RFT also reached out to Sheaffer to see if she wanted to comment further. We'll update if we get a chance to speak with her.

What do you think?


Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin.



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306 comments
speedbaser
speedbaser

The bikini isn't the issue. It's the cottage cheese on the back of the thighs. It's the same thing with fat men. Cover it up!!

sargesgiftshop
sargesgiftshop

I'm on her side.... but I'm just a mammary kind of guy.

ATOMICPunk
ATOMICPunk

Pretty sure it wasn't because she looks too good in the bikini.

Jenny Chamberlain
Jenny Chamberlain

There's nothing wrong with her suit. She has big ta tas nothing wrong with that and they were inside her top. I seen worse then that at a family park.

Guest
Guest

How would this have panned out if a guy was wearing a speedo? He would be kicked out, and that's acceptable, because a speedo is inappropriate for places that have lost of children. It definitely wouldn't be on the front page either, especially not a year later.


I'm not claiming a double standard here, but perhaps a line should be drawn on what is suitable attire for public places if we really value our children's youth. I can remember being a small boy and basically following women dressed like this in stealth mode at the water park when I was about 6 years old. I wasn't abnormal, or a pervert, but my anatomy was reacting to all of the skin I was seeing and the only thing I knew was that it felt good. Whether or not this is a bad thing doesn't really suit my point. What I'm really trying to say is that if you wouldn't wear, say, a bra and panties in public that cover up the same exact areas of your body, then why is a "swimsuit" that looks like lingerie acceptable? This is something I still don't understand. The only thing left to the imagination is your nipples and your buttcrack, and I can see most of the latter already.


If society decides this is okay, then I'm fine with it, but I think there is a serious side of this issue that is being ignored, and that is that bikinis are basically a bra & panties (sometimes a thong anymore), and I guarantee that none of you would find those acceptable public attire. It seems stupid from my point of view. My swimsuit is shorts that cover most of my legs, and since I'm a pasty white-boy I also wear a sleeveless tee. Meanwhile all of the young ladies on the beach are wearing what amounts to underwear outside, but it's okay because it's a swimsuit? Really?


Also, can't forget that they're women, and to assert that they're bearing too much skin is sexist. Just ask yourself what you would expect to happen if a guy were wearing an equally revealing swimsuit.


If you want to come at this from the stance that people should be allowed to be nude because it's our "natural state" then I truly believe you're missing my point. Think hard about my original question. Again, I'm not claiming a double standard, because arguing with feminists is not my goal. This isn't men vs. women. My goal is to understand why bikinis on women are accepted when they're designed to be sexy, and I honestly don't think there is a reason. There is no reason I should be seeing 7 year old girls at the water park dressed in thong-kinis. It's wildly inappropriate imo.

Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Hamilton

I did this to a couple as a life guard. Had been making out in baby pool. Then were moving into a position that is the year I was born - in the baby pool. These were also adults not kids. He was jean shorts. She was a suit that was about 5 strings. I threw them out. Eeeewwww.

Donald Wilson
Donald Wilson

If privately owned they can kick people out. However they are morons.

Luke Ousley
Luke Ousley

I hope this doesnt happen to my friends ! Skin to win ! lol

Vincent Palmer
Vincent Palmer

Leave the girl alone. If people have problem then they should leave this is a free country It may be ran by idiots but its still free.

Tony Comia
Tony Comia

If you like your body show it I have seen younger women revealing more in street clothes that is far more distasteful

Faith Mustone
Faith Mustone

Wow what a cow don't have that flopping around in public keep it at home in your bedroom

Stuart Barker
Stuart Barker

Whether this post is old or new it seems just as relevant now as it did a year ago. It seems to me that very conservative opinions are being enacted across the country that directly impinges on women's liberty and freedoms. Personally, I would encourage two things. Firstly, continued name and shaming of organisations that oppress anyone. Secondly I would encourage boycotting of these organisations too. If people stop showing their patronage then they become marginalised. At the end of the day the dollar is the strongest opinion of all.

Emily Malabey
Emily Malabey

Was there a policy clearly posted on website and entries before people pay to come in? Were men allowed to go shirtless? Were others in similar attire!

Andrew Donigan
Andrew Donigan

She should be able to go topless if she wants. Why not? Guys do.

Art K Moss
Art K Moss

Lovely ~ Jealousy can be so ugly

Phillip Vitale
Phillip Vitale

Must have been run by Republicans. They have to control all women's lives.

Jason Choate
Jason Choate

They need a ... Titties too big. U can't go in sign

Ty Bredel
Ty Bredel

Another Battleship taken out of the sea...

Delainey Maughs
Delainey Maughs

Seriously? I saw parents at the ball park who were allowing their tween daughters to wear what I call denim underwear. I saw some of the unsupervised as all. I could see cheeks and these kids probably couldn't even drive. That is by far more inappropriate.

Kevin Grier
Kevin Grier

Ok let's chat about this. There is nothing wrong with this woman's appearance the issue was she was wearing a suit that exposed her breasts in a manor that was getting complaints by patrons and she was asked to cover up or leave. Also she changed suits for that interview. Trust me I know the people who approached her at the facility's

WILS0N
WILS0N

welcome at my pool :P

Kindra Jefferson
Kindra Jefferson

Why are we reposting news from last year? This shit is irrelevant today!

Stephen Taylor
Stephen Taylor

no shit! glad they caught up now on to relevant news!

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

I'm friends with her mother and I've known other members of her family my entire life. (This story is more than a year old! A year ago, she was spending large part of that year touring Europe and many other parts of the world. )

Sharon Johnson Farwell
Sharon Johnson Farwell

I'm sure there are more flattering suits ,but there's nothing wrong with her body.

sargesgiftshop
sargesgiftshop

You must be "Mammary Challenged"...... and jealous :-)

sargesgiftshop
sargesgiftshop

boobs are always popular.... at least with me :-)

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