Missouri calls itself the "Show Me" state, but there's only so much one woman was allowed to show at a water park.
When Madelyn Sheaffer went to the Adventure Oasis Water Park in Independence, Mo., on Tuesday, the last thing she expected was that her bathing suit would cause fireworks.
Sheaffer, 43, said after she got into the pool with her niece and nephew, two teenage employees approached her and told her to put on shorts because her bottoms were too small.
A supervisor backed up their decree by saying she needed to cover up or leave 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.”
Sheaffer then asked that the water park officials call the police to have her removed so that she could file a complaint against the park. On her Facebook page, she wrote that the officers who showed up sympathized with her plight:
"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.
Officials at the Adventure Oasis Water Park had no comment about the incident preferring to have the Independence, Mo., City Manager handle press inquiries since the park is on city land.
The City Manager was unavailable, but an assistant said that "the facility made the call and we rely on their judgment."
Sheaffer is not the only person fighting for her freedoms around July 4.
Last week, Mike McKeown protested being kicked out of a bar because the owners didn't like his many tattoos, particularly the one on his neck reading "I Love Strippers."
McKeown said he would have put on a shirt, but wants the bar's alleged rules against extreme tattoos to be applied to everyone.