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Dad's Shirt Gets Whole Family Kicked Out of Theme Park?

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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Dad's Shirt Gets Whole Family Kicked Out of Theme Park

by Jeanne Sager

Dad kicked out of theme parkA family took their 16-year-old to Universal Studios for her Sweet Sixteen to see the Blue Man Group. How is this news (other than the fact that kids are actually asking to go see the Blue Man Group)? Because dad's "police" t-shirt got the whole family kicked out of the theme park in what sounds like the biggest security screw-up of the week. 

The story goes that Christian Jarosz wore a t-shirt he got from his brother, a cop, to the show at Universal. When he got there, security told him he'd have to change.

But then they decided to do something entirely different.

They kicked them out and -- according to Diana Jarosz -- threatened to have dad arrested!

According to a Universal release to the press, the shirt was a violation of park rules that stipulate "only law enforcement personnel are allowed to wear shirts in the park identifying them as police officers."

Fair enough. But Jarosz says he offered to buy a shirt right then and there to replace the Police Street Team Unit tee he was wearing. Security said OK ... but then changed their minds and kicked him out.

Uhhhhh ... how are people supposed to follow rules if you don't let them?

Could this dad have been being a bit of a jerk to security so they lost it? Who knows. It's highly possible, but it could just as easily have been the other way around. We've all dealt with heavy handed security folks before, folks who think a light up stick has made them the king of the world.

The fact remains that any establishment that sets rules for its patrons has to allow patrons an ability to follow said rules. Don't want certain t-shirts on premises? If you don't make that clear ahead of time (there were no big signs outside Universal telling this dad his shirt was a no-no), then you must give a person a chance to change said t-shirt.

Let's just set the shirt aside for a second. Say you're somewhere that doesn't have no smoking signs and you light up. Security comes over and says, wellll, actually there's no smoking here. Should you be thrown out for lighting up? Not if you say, "Whoops, sorry," and snuff your butt.

Most people are not mind readers! Ignorance of the law may not be a defense in court, but ignorance of a private establishment's rules that aren't publicly listed? That's pretty clear cut, folks!

The public posting of rules or reasonable enforcement of them -- such as allowing someone to change a t-shirt that's not acceptable -- is part of showing how you value (or don't value) your customers.

Universal, by the way, has since apologized, and the family was refunded their $500 (gulp) ticket price for the Blue Man Group.

Have you ever been kicked out of an establishment? What happened?

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by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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Aslen
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Wow....

If they don't have the rules posted, how can people follow them?
sunflower37
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:09 AM

If it was against the rules for him to wear the shirt, I wonder how come they didn't just get dad to change his shirt. I didn't make any sense to kick them out.

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disastermind
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

How exactly are people supposed to follow the rules if they don't know what they are?

Also... maybe he was giving them a hard time, I don't see why they'd just all of a sudden kick them out if he was going to buy a new shirt to wear.

MaggieO
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Somehow I don't think this guy was a threat or causing confusion to anyone.


LaffItUpFzbl
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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I understand the family being upset, but I will say that there was probably some flaring tempers or attitudes that got them kicked out. I don't like it any more than anyone else, but I learned a long time ago that the best way to deal with police or security officers is to address them politely, cooperate fully, and check your attitude WAY back down inside of your brain. I've been let off the hook more times than I can remember by cops simply because I was being polite and doing as I was told. In fact, the only time I ever got a ticket was because I was having a bad day and was cranky with the cop who pulled me over. Better to kiss a little ass then get booted out of a theme park. 

othermom
by Silver Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

How was the dad supposed to know about the rule and they should have just let him change shirts

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

I wouldn't know about the rule.

I hope dad wasn't being a dick & that is why they were kicked out.  If he wasn't then there was no reason to kick them out.

SweetLuci
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

 We were at Universal and my dgd's 12 year old friend had on bathing suit with a large tshirt over it. They told us that she had to have on shorts over the bathing suit. They were nice about it, but I wasn't thrilled that the cheapest shorts in the gift shop were $30. But I sure didn't want to make a scene in front of two impressionable girls. We talked to them later about not liking it, but that rules are rules, and the security guard was just doing his job by enforcing the rules. We also talked to them about always being respectful to those in authority.

Too bad more parents don't teach that, especially to their teens and young men.

Cindy18
by Bronze Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

This is what I was thinking. I'm sure the family did something to cause them to be kicked out. 

I can't imagine that they were "OK, we will get another shirt for dad" Security:"NO WAY, GET OUT!"

Quoting LaffItUpFzbl:

I understand the family being upset, but I will say that there was probably some flaring tempers or attitudes that got them kicked out. I don't like it any more than anyone else, but I learned a long time ago that the best way to deal with police or security officers is to address them politely, cooperate fully, and check your attitude WAY back down inside of your brain. I've been let off the hook more times than I can remember by cops simply because I was being polite and doing as I was told. In fact, the only time I ever got a ticket was because I was having a bad day and was cranky with the cop who pulled me over. Better to kiss a little ass then get booted out of a theme park. 


~~CINDY

whoodathunk
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

My guess is there is more to this story.  Maybe dad was acting a jerk?  Who knows.  My kids school has t-shirt rules.  The kids can put them inside out if they're considered inappropriate.  Unless, of course, the kid is acting a jerk or repeatedly offending.  Then, they call the parents.  

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