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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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242 comments
angeliekrull
angeliekrull

Age discrimination is sickening. They asked her to leave because she wasn't 20 and a size zero.

Steve Gaines
Steve Gaines

that is just unamerican....we love a nice set of hooters here..

Steve Hatfalvi
Steve Hatfalvi

those water parks have gotten very fast and exhilarating! pasties should be derigeur with a tight well-secured bottom, palease!

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

The tits certainly kept me from having to look at that ugly-ass mug of her's.

Rachel Alyn Wilhite
Rachel Alyn Wilhite

"malfunctions" are an embarrassment that aren't really against the law!

Rachel Alyn Wilhite
Rachel Alyn Wilhite

Yep, the discrimination is because of the size of her breasts. her face looks very young to me. top laws are sexist and sizeist.

Peter Von Zur Muehlen
Peter Von Zur Muehlen

I don't think it is even an issue of of how fit or attractive or whatever a person is. If it is okay for person to wear a bikini than it's okay for anyone. You can not just create some arbitrary standard of beauty as the deciding line. Sorry you are too fat or too well endowed or too old. That is bull. If they are going to be like that then they should not allow anyone to wear bikinis. They should go back to this. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n15AdHvecnM/UQs0HWe94eI/AAAAAAAAFLs/3Onf0iax9po/s320/Bathing-Suit-Women-in-bathing-suits-on-Collaroy-Beach-1908-photographed-by-Colin-Caird-credit-Library-of-New-South-Wales-via-Flickr-Commons.jpg

Peter Von Zur Muehlen
Peter Von Zur Muehlen

I personally think that bikini is just fine and she looks completely like what one would expect at a pool, or really where ever. But, the thing that is missing from this story is an interview with the teenage girls and the manager who said she had to leave to get their side of why they thought something was wrong. Without that information we can only speculate as to what the motive was and that is the part of the story which is the most crucial and interesting. why didn't the press seek out those individuals for a comment?

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

you know whats scary? your reflection

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

maybe you should just bury your head in the sand.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

no ,she wanted to hang out at a pool , attention was brought to her

Derek Polston
Derek Polston

or what about the stupid people running around with their jeans down pass the underpants? if they were in prison and I am sure a big percentage will be...they would change that right away...

Karl Wulff
Karl Wulff

Looks like she might be sucking it in a little (a lot?) in that pic. Nevertheless, she looks better in a bikini than I do. Welcome to the State of Misery.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

I think she just wanted to spend a day with the fam at the pool

Wallace Pryor
Wallace Pryor

I don't understand what he problem was. Bikinis are revealing.

Jay Smith
Jay Smith

You know who's bothered by this? Fat, flat, and old chicks. Go thump a Bible. ' Murica!!!

Derek Polston
Derek Polston

I'd think she has a law suit for being discriminated against for having tits..unless it was a titles pool...but what are pools for?

Gabrielle Slane
Gabrielle Slane

I have seen worse bikinis on Celebrities. The southern states are just stupid.

Steven Wilson
Steven Wilson

It is the construct of costume. Bikini=Pool therefore it is fine. If she wore this at court or in a library, then not so much. It might make reading more difficult. Censorship never goes well when taken lightly. Peace.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

how about people stop hating so much i'm 36 and still rocking a bikini....it is not a G-string and she looks good!!! work on your body stop being haters!!!

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

I think if you dumb asses run this stupid story one more damn time I'm going to start trolling this thread. Hardcore.

Shelly Pogue
Shelly Pogue

So then every large man who doesn't wear a shirt at the pool and exposes their giant ass crack should be kicked out too?? Ridiculous. who's to say what is too revealing?? It's a bikini. I'm pregnant and still wear my bikini, guess I better be more careful now lol smh

Galin Rizov
Galin Rizov

What European beach is that ? In Turkey (Asia Minora) hahaha ? Most beaches in Europe are topless. This is so conservative and 15th century its hilarious to me. She is just wearing a swim suit ...wtf is she supposed to put on ....a mfkin burqua ??? lol

Matthew Koch
Matthew Koch

You guys are looking for more attention than she is. Post this 5 more times.

Michael Call
Michael Call

she is gorgeous and its not like shes wearin a thong i dont think so nothin wrong with it

Nathan Nico Vize
Nathan Nico Vize

It's insane that in a world with so many problems we are this flustered by the human body.

Todd Williams
Todd Williams

Seems a bit much to kick her out, but seeing as how she has turned this into a public spectacle, I think she got what she wanted all along anyway.

Bridget Aholt Blair
Bridget Aholt Blair

Scaring them really??? Theses teens run around showing WAY more than she did. Get real

Darlene Holmes
Darlene Holmes

She was scaring people's kid's that's why she was asked to cover up

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

I heard she had a nasty cottage cheese ass that hung out all over and jesus freaks were getting wood

Jeff Kopp
Jeff Kopp

If she were just wearing a gun, they would've left her alone.

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

they look like bad inplants, but why kick her out of the park...geeze, sometimes living here is like going back in time ... way back...really sad...

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

We'll need a rear view to make an accurate assessment.

Holly Schroeder
Holly Schroeder

I don't see what the fuss is about. She's no more naked than anyone else in a string bikini.

Donny Bee
Donny Bee

Pool must be run by the Westboro Baptist Church. Really silly

Todd Markarian
Todd Markarian

Who cares? Big fake boobs in a bikini... Wow... Blah...

Ryan Mayfield
Ryan Mayfield

A European beach would ask her too leave because she was dressed too conservatively

Tisha Lynn
Tisha Lynn

She was happy to be in a bikini after losing 100 pounds, she looks great. Younger/thinner people wearing similar outfits were allowed to remain at the pool.Shame on Independence MO

c748p
c748p

@Jay Smith No.  The people who were bothered by this were the teenage pool staffers and the management.  It wasn't the guests who complained.

c748p
c748p

@Gabrielle Slane Missouri is NOT a "southern state."  You must've been absent that day in school.

c748p
c748p

@Darlene Holmes   You have proof of this?  I agree with the poster above - the fat guys' bellies and exposed butt cracks are more offensive and disgusting.

c748p
c748p

@Todd Markarian They don't look fake to me.  I have natural big ones, too, so I'm a bit of an expert.

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