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Cardinals Security Kicks Out Fan on Star Wars Night... For Having Stormtrooper Mask?

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Stormtrooper Julie Sweetin after she was kicked out of Star Wars night at Busch Stadium.
Most Jedi and Sith enjoyed the first-ever Star Wars night at Busch Stadium yesterday, but one woman felt like she was being oppressed by Palpatine's Galactic Empire when she was kicked out of the stadium for wearing a mask.

Julie Sweetin, a nurse at a local hospital, spent two hours crafting her Stormtrooper costume to wear during the St. Louis Cardinals' special themed game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With black leggings, white body "armor" and a square cardboard mask, she looked like an 8-bit member of Palpatine's army.

As Sweetin entered the stadium, however, ticket-takers cited a no-mask policy and asked her not to sport the headwear.

"I was asked to remove the mask when I came in, and I did," Sweetin told Daily RFT at the stadium.

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Sweetin said that she complied with the request until RFT photographer Jon Gitchoff asked to take a photo of her in the fourth inning. Sweetin put on the mask for a few seconds as Gitchoff snapped the pic and chatted with her friends, but a polo-clad security guard rushed over to snatch Sweetin's mask from her. Sweetin and Gitchoff calmly tried to explain that she wore the mask only for a brief photo as other fans had done, but the guard wouldn't yield and began yelling at Sweetin and her friends as if she were threatening to blow up Alderaan.

"Today is my thirtieth birthday," said Danny Curtin, who had accompanied Sweetin to the game. "But now my birthday is ruined."

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Jon Gitchoff
Julie Sweetin before she was kicked out.

As another security guard came over to assist, Sweetin and Gitchoff pointed out that other fans were sporting masks without incident, and that not all guards were enforcing the alleged no-mask policy. The guards repeatedly argued that policy was policy no matter what others were doing, and Sweetin coolly asked to speak with a manager and stepped to the side to wait.

"That one employee just went off on us," Sweetin said. "I didn't appreciate how he dealt with us."

During the fifth inning, a supervisor quietly chatted with Sweetin for about ten minutes before Sweetin was in fact forced to leave the stadium, mask in hand. When Daily RFT followed Sweetin outside, she said that the supervisor was very understanding about the situation and had hinted that this particular guard did not always keep his cool. Sweetin, who, at about 5'9", was not "a little short for a Stormtrooper," appreciated that the Cardinals would hold a Star Wars night but expressed displeasure about the inconsistent mask policy.

"They shouldn't have these theme nights if this is how they're going to treat people who dress up," Sweetin said. "That guy's attitude isn't going to get him anywhere."

Daily RFT reached out to the Cardinals for comment, and we'll update if we hear back.

Continue for happier Star Wars night moments and more photos.


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Roy Jacobs
Roy Jacobs

I guess the Cards should stop having theme night!

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

at least they didn't shoot her...but sure her computer & phones will be tapped like the rest of us

Elmo Farquar
Elmo Farquar

There is a gate attendant at gate 5 who thinks he is GOD. :-\

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

Terrorists and thugs have taken all the fun away. We have to take our shoes off in airport security, and can't wear Star Wars masks at Cardinals games. It's a shame.

James Cooper
James Cooper

She took a mask where there was a no mask policy.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

So you did not read that she had actually taken the mask off, that there were tons of other people with masks on still and that she put it back on just long enough to get a picture taken at the request of RFT - which is why she was tossed. So, obviously it was not a security issue or they would have made everyone take their masks off and not just her. It was one guard being a prick and his co-workers too meek to publicly question him, but had no problem doing it privately.

Kenneth Snyder
Kenneth Snyder

Read the article and I agree that there should be a no mask policy but this should be expected on a theme night. Sounds to me like this is a security guard that just likes to throw his weight around. However, there seems to be no discussion about how the reporters of this story influenced the story which seems to be an issue of journalistic integrity.

CJ Seals
CJ Seals

My Daughter and I were at the game, they did not post anything online or send anything with the tickets about restrictions. I had to trek all the way back to the car with a plastic Lightsaber because the bitchy gate attendant threatened to block my entry to the game because I asked why people were allowed to bring baseball bats in but I couldn't bring a plastic toy in.

Tyler Harris
Tyler Harris

Show of hands: How many of us actually read the article before commenting?

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

Yes, they were wrong. If they didn't want masks with costumes, they should have stated that plainly. Half of Star Wars characters are masks. Stupid on the promotional department's part. They owe her an apology and a reimbursement for her evening.

James Cooper
James Cooper

It's not that I didn't bother, I just didn't care to read past the first paragraph. Seems obvious there would be a no mask policy. There was and she had to leave.

Peg Keller
Peg Keller

...or if he didn't bother to read the article.

Amy Crews
Amy Crews

Yes. There should have been a "No Mask" policy if they didn't want people to wear them.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

RFT owes her whole group tickets for causing the whole mrss!

John Price
John Price

From the story, she tried to cooperate and was in the theme of the special event. She should not have been kicked out.

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

She put the mask on BECAUSE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER ASKED HER TO!

Jerry Foster
Jerry Foster

I think the Cardinals were wrong and owe this fan a ticket or more for future games!

James Cooper
James Cooper

Yes. She could've taken the mask off or not worn one due to the obvious security risk of people in masks at public events.

jasnp3
jasnp3

I also see they didn't consistently enforce the 'no weapons real or imaginary' as we were told as they ticket guards did not let us bring in our light saber. Fail!

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

First of all I don't understand what a theme night has to do with a baseball game? Secondly as stated in the article what is a point of a theme night if the fans can't dress up?

Geri Cochrane
Geri Cochrane

Well after reading the article it seems that the 501st was there. Funny they were encouraged to wear their masks.

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

They shouldn`t have theme nights if they are going to set so many rules.

Geri Cochrane
Geri Cochrane

Good thing the people with real stormtrooper outfits didnt come. They travel in groups to events.

queenv
queenv

reminds me of that irrational fear some dogs have when you put on a mask.  I guess they feel everyone is much safer if they can see their cheekbones??  

Don't have a theme night then.  Assholes.

Ronni Smith
Ronni Smith

Not fair why have a theme night if you don't want fans to participate

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

You owe her and her crew tix to another game since it was your photographer who asked her to put on the mask!

coelzen
coelzen

Wonder if they're gonna kick out Yadi.....he wears a mask half the game! Throw out the security guard instead.

Kylee Shields
Kylee Shields

I'm gonna call BS. There were tons of masks worn inside the park, as evident by the Cardinal's FB page. Sounds like someone is making shit up to get her 15 minutes.

Denise Jones
Denise Jones

for Pete's sake, everyone needs to take a chill pill with all the security these days

Don Lanier
Don Lanier

I saw a stormtrooper on TV dancing with all the rest of them, THEME NIGHT,,,it means costumes mmmkay....if it was Superman day and folks showed up in Blue tights and red capes....?????

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

They throw a Star Wars night, then get pissed that the fans of the movie wear masks?  Thats just insanely stupid.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Jesus fucking Christ. Our state is so backwards. Great shirt btw, my fiancée has it too.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

They still ruined the birthday, though, and you only get one of those per year.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Now if only they'd kick all of the Christian families out during Christian Family Night.

Jeff
Jeff

I see a whole lotta masks in these pictures...

Gina Deiters Parker
Gina Deiters Parker

I've had encountered some really rude ticket takers and ushers there! I guess I should be glad they didn't refuse to admit me for my "Let's get F'd up like Spezio shirt! I did get a lecture from the 70 plus year old ticket taker.

A Robert Jacques
A Robert Jacques

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