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MARINE DENIED ENTRY INTO SIX FLAGS IN NJ BECAUSE OF T-SHIRT

Posted by on Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:52 PM
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MARINE DENIED ENTRY INTO SIX FLAGS IN NJ BECAUSE OF T-SHIRT

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By Rob Nelson
Saturday, August 16, 2014
JACKSON, N.J. -- A marine was denied entrance to a New Jersey amusement park last weekend - all because of his T-shirt.

Mario Alejandro planned a trip to the amusement park with his wife and children, but was turned away at the security gate because of his shirt.

The shirt says, "Keep calm and return fire," and has an image of a red, white and blue M-16. Alejandro is a marine, and was part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

"When we got through the metal detector, the guy stopped me. You can't come in with that shirt," said Alejandro. "I started laughing. 'You are joking, right?' He said, 'no, that shirt is offensive.'"

Alejandro, a marine who was part of the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003, said the shirt was a Father's Day gift, purchased from a non-profit group that supports the Marines. He said he refused to take it off on principle.

The amusement park would not budge on its policy and although Alejandro's family went in, Mario chose not to.

In a statement, Six Flags said it does not "allow guests to wear t-shirts with images of assault rifles in our parks."

"We apologize for any inconvenience we caused this guest, however we stand by our policy, which does not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent language or images. our goal is to maintain a fun, safe and family-friendly environment," it said.

For Alejandro, the whole incident felt like a slap in the face to all veterans.

"A lot of people gave their blood and sacrifice for the shirt," he said. "They saw the assault rifle and said no, no, no.
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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:53 PM
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Glad the park "stuck to its guns" so to speak

If that is their policy it should be followed.
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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM
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He didn't take it off based on principle and the park didn't let him through based on a dress code rule. Everybody stood by their rules. End of story.

elkmomma
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 8:59 PM
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Well at  he observed their policy instead of making a huge scene, embarrassing his family, and getting arrested too.  He also seems know that just because you served for our country does not make you immune to the rules.

snookyfritz
by Platinum Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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I find that t-shirt offensive.  I don't like violent messages of any sort

jllcali
by Jane on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:15 PM
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This

Quoting lizzielouaf:

He didn't take it off based on principle and the park didn't let him through based on a dress code rule. Everybody stood by their rules. End of story.

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:16 PM
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I don't understand why this is a reported new story. They have a policy, his shirt violated it, they enforced the policy, end of story. His being a marine has absolutely no bearing on this.

JMmama
by Bronze Member on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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A slap in the face of all veterans? I seriously doubt that.
augustmommy951
by on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:31 PM
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Too bad his family didn't also stand by him. Geez!
billsfan1104
by Jules on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM
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I understand rules and enforcing rules and I am all for it, but have they seen how others dress?? Like some of the women and their shirts?? Or how about the teenage boys with the pants down around their knees??
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Aug. 16, 2014 at 9:39 PM
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change your shirt and get over it...or don't and still get over it.  

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