This incident began when an entire family was having a good time in a water park. However, she did not expect that she would get mad, humiliated and they decided a one-sided decision on that same day. She did not have any problem with the kids who were playing in the area or the expensive entrance ticket and food that she had bought at the water park. The problem was more serious than we ever thought. She was in the water park for a few minutes while she was having fun with her family until she was kicked out of the park. She knew that she would not keep silent if she did not fight for her rights.
Her Name Is Madelyn Scheaffer
Madelyn Scheaffer was a loving mother to her family who lived in Odessa, Missouri. She was the kind of woman who would do everything in order to secure her family’s well-being. In her mid-30s, something happened that changed her life the way that she did not expect.
After seven-year had passed, there were several employees that wanted to destroy Madelyn’s hard work. She had experienced all those things in the water park. It was difficult especially when you were having a great time in the park. We could imagine that she was having trouble inside that place.
It Was Time To Make A Decision
Last 2005, Madelyn found something that made her think about her decision in her life. That time when she had suffered from a slipped disc when she tripped and fell into a bathtub when she tried to lean over the tub in order to bathe herself.
Madelyn’s routine did nothing to help her. At that point, she told herself that she has had enough with this kind of life. It was at that moment that she knew that she needed to change her habits and lifestyle into a healthy one. Because of that incident that she suffered a slipped disc was a reason to make anyone change their lifestyle.
It Was A Sign
When the incident happened at that time, the rescuers came to Madelyn’s place immediately. Although, she was suffering from the pain that the accident had caused and she did not want to be removed from that area. She even told the rescuer to get away from her. After all the trouble, she stayed in the bathtub for a few more days.
A Sense Of Calm
Madelyn spent her time in that area and regained her calmness because of the accident that she suffered. She did not plan to disregard herself and she understood that she could not take care of her family in that kind of condition.
She Was Determined To Change
It was that time that Madelyn said, “That should have been the first sign for me that I needed to lose weight, but it took me another year before I made that decision to do something.” Although something amazing had happened when she was able to gather all her willpower and strength to start a new life.
Best Shape Of Her Life
After two years since the accident, Madelyn was able to lose a hundred pounds of weight. It was a real-life changing event for her. After five years, she was able to maintain her body in good shape. She had no idea that she would face the biggest obstacle in her life.
Mustering The Bravery To Do It
Madelyn became 43 and had a total weight of 170 pounds. She knew that she was in the best shape of her life. She was more confident than she was ever before. One hot day she decided to do something that she did not try before in her life. She also knew that she did not have a perfect body that can match different women in the park. However, she put on her new black bikini and went into the Adventure Oasis Water Park with her family. She did not expect that something terrible would happen to her.
Someone Was Watching Her
Madelyn was watching other people who were in the water park. There were young and old people that were having a great time in the park. She did not feel any jealousy towards other people. She was contented and happy about how her body became. She did not know that someone was watching her in secret.
Confidence is Key
It was difficult to lose some pounds and muster our confidence in order to put our bikinis after once being obese. We would not get our confidence in an instant once we lost our weight, but it could be attained after some progress in our life. Madelyn felt great that day. However, it turned into something that she did not expect.
She Could Not Believe It
On that day in the water park, Madelyn took her towel away from her body and sat down on the area. After a while she went into the cold water where other people were taking a swim. For only five minutes, the two female staff approached her, and they told her something that she did not apprehend quickly.
Employees Say What
Madelyn glanced up to the staff that approached her while they were blocking the sunlight. The employee of the water park tried to repeat her request one more time. She thought that she misheard what the staff was saying. However, she was shocked because of what those female staff did to her.
Her “Inappropriate” Outfit
One of the female staff who approached her and repeated one last time what she just said. She told Madelyn that her bikini was “too small” and “inappropriate” to use. The employee also added that “This is a family park.” At that point. she thought to herself, what did she do to be accused of something inappropriate.
According To Who’s Standards?
Madelyn knew that she was wearing a “full” bikini bottom on. She did not know what she had done. She was in a confused state when she glanced at the other women who were there inside the water park. There were a lot of women who were wearing fancier swimsuits. She realized it clearly that something was wrong in this place.
She Felt Violated
Madelyn could not contain her emotions. People in that park could see her emotions on her face. She felt embarrassed and ashamed because of what the employee commented on her body. She felt violated especially when she worked hard to attain that kind of form.
Taking A Stand
Although Madelyn did recover from the humiliation that she had felt and was replaced with rage because of the things that the staff told her about her body. She stated that, “I was embarrassed for a second, and when it was no, no way.” She knew that her efforts would be in vain if she was affected.
They Singled Her Out
Madelyn also said that, “My body is different from the young girls that were walking around in their bikinis, but why should I be made ashamed of my body?” she added “I am comfortable in my bikini. I am happy with who I am.”
Embracing Your Body
Madelyn stated that “My first reaction was why are you singling me out? They said that my bottoms were inappropriate. That was funny to me because they are full-size bottoms.” Women had different shapes and sizes. They should be content with what they had in their body and should not be ashamed of.
Time To Take A Stand
When Madelyn looked back at the staff members who were observing her body up and down with a terrible attitude. If this had happened several years ago, she knew that she would not fight back. However, she did her best in order to attain this kind of body because of that, she knew that she had to defend herself.
Standing Up For Herself
She knew that she needed to take a stand against the staff of the water park. She knew that it was a one-sided request that had no good reason. She would not easily break and she would defend herself until there was a reason to end it.
They Gave Her Two Options
The two terrible staff would not refuse to give up. They informed Madelyn that she had two options. One, she could put a pair of shorts over her bikini bottoms to abide by the rules of the water while the option number two was she would go out of the water park. She was mad about what they were telling and that was the reason she requested that she talked to their supervisor.
She told them that, “Well I am not covering up,” she also added that “And if you expect me to leave, you had better call the police and have them escort me out.” She had not only felt humiliated because of a one-sided rule of the park but also, she wanted to fight for all the women who were experiencing this kind of treatment.
She Was Booted Out
She was disappointed when the police came to pick them out of the water park. She stated that “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… but I hope from the expression on our face you can tell how we feel.”
Even The Police Agreed
After the incident, Madelyn posted on her Facebook account that it happened in the water park. It became viral on the internet. She said that “They were compassionate. They, too, thought it was ridiculous.” The police knew what was right and wrong in the current era of this world.
Looking Too Good In A Bikini
Madelyn explained on her post that, “I am a 43-year-old woman who did not have the confidence of the body, to put on a bikini until [I was] 40 years old,” She also said that, “I will not be discriminated against because I look too good in one.”
Wearing A Bikini At Any Age
Madelyn also explained that, “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.” If we had different body types in every person, we should not get an unfair treatment like the incident that was happening in the water park.
It Was Completely Unfair
Madelyn was mad while saying this, “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 the clothes or leave.” However, what could she do to make any differences.
It Went Viral On Facebook
The post that Madelyn made in the Facebook was her explanation towards the discrimination against her in the waterpark. There were people around the world that knew about her story. They could not believe what the staff of the Adventure Oasis Water Park had discriminated against inside their premises. However, she would not stop until she got what she wanted.
Spreading The Word
Madelyn understands that the water park would not admit their errors in their ways of handling their guests inside the park. She resolved her problem by making an online name and shame game. She was going to do this not only for herself, but also for the women who could not fight for themselves.
She Received Local Support
Madelyn explained “Long story short, I called the media and will be on tonight’s local 41 news. Several people walked out while I waited outside for the newsman, and told me how ridiculous this all was, and complimented me on my swimsuit,” We were glad that the post had more reactions than she would expect.
Supporters From All Over The World
Madelyn expressed her gratitude from the people who were supporting her on Facebook. She was surprised that there were so many people that were there to support her post. She also said that “In addition to other countries already mentioned, I have now heard from Greece, China, Hong Kong… and received over 500 beautiful letters from Brazil. I have been wanting to see the world, and now the world is coming to me, and sending much Love.”
Appreciation For The Human Body
Madelyn also shared “One thing I have learned so far is that there is a much greater viewpoint and perspective of the human body than what is to be found in Independence, Missouri worldwide… and I thank and appreciate you for that!”
Appreciating What We Have
Madelyn also stated that, “Much love to those who express pride over shame for all shapes, sizes, in addition to various ages and stages, of this beautiful human body we inhabit our time on earth.” However, what could she hope to achieve with her act against the one-sided policies of the waterpark?
Money Is Not Going To Fix The Problem
Madelyn said, “While I stand by my grievance that I was discriminated against at Adventure Oasis Water Park, and I do not believe it should happen again,” she also added that, “It is not money that is going to correct the issue, but a change in the swimming park’s ‘appropriate swimming attire’ policy, and also an improvement involving better education and orientation of their park management.”
Change In Policy
We agreed that this was a way making them realize that the waterpark should improve how they handle their policies on their premises. We hoped that they would listen to her wise word before it was too late. They should have a standard that they were implementing, had an equal and fair standard and it should be easy to understand. In this current age, we must be content. However, this kind of policy was happening in different places of the world. The next story was even crazier than this one.
Sarah Villafane was a student at College of Charleston. She was someone who loved working out and frequently went to the student gym. She was one of those who always worked out in the student gym and she never had any previous problems there. Sarah planned to go to the gym after she attended her classes, and back then, she had no idea that she would face a problem.
Her Gym Top
On that day, Sarah had attended three of her classes wearing her typical workout clothes. She felt that this was normal because others also did this especially when they had many errands and chores to do or if they had plans to work out at the gym.
A Matching Set
Sarah wore a black cropped sleeveless shirt that matched her black leggings. The shirt she wore was slightly cropped but did not show too much of her belly. The leggings she wore were high-waisted. This was one of the most common combinations of clothes for those who frequent the gym.
Sarah continued with her typical workout routine until she was approached by a member of the staff of the gym. The staff member told her to change her shirt because it was inappropriate wear within the premises. Sarah was shocked with what she heard. At first, she could not believe what the employee said.
No Other Option
Sarah simply told the employee she does not have another shirt. She resumed her workout and went about her session as nothing had happened. Although she felt a bit embarrassed, this was not the end of it.
Sarah decided to move to the back corner of the gym and did a few abs training on the floor. To her disappointment, another member of the staff strode to her. Sarah clearly remembered how the staff asked her to put her shirt back on. She replied by saying, “I have a shirt on.”
The Staff Member Argued
The employee responded that “No, that’s not a shirt. You have to wear a whole shirt.” Sarah replied and asked the staff member, “How is this not a shirt?” The member of the staff went on to explain that Sarah had to wear full coverage.
One of the members of the staff said that if she would not follow the rules, they would have to call their “boss.” Sarah merely laughed and told them to feel free to send the boss over if they were being serious.
The manager strode up to Sarah and told her that she should either change her shirt or just leave the premises. At this point, Sarah had turned red out of embarrassment. There were also a few students who were in the gym and watched what was happening.
Referred To As Boss
The manager also known as “boss” approached Sarah and said, “I need you to put on a shirt or I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.” To which Sarah responded, “But I have a shirt on.” The boss decided to repeat himself by saying, “Are you gonna put a shirt on?”
In the first place, gym clothes were typically comfortable and wearable. Sometimes, this kind of outfit showed a little skin. In all gyms across the world, gym outfits had always been a bit flexible, showy, and tight. Some gym wear was even way “indecent” than what Sarah specifically wore.
In the end, Sarah was forced to leave. She felt deeply humiliated. In the first, this was not how the situation should have been handled. For instance, the staff should have been more understanding and explained that they were just enforcing the gym standards. But that was not the case.
Taking It To Media
Out of frustration, Sarah decided to post what had happened on Facebook. She let out her feelings and had explained the situation. She also said that what she had worn on top was considered a sports bra and was still a type of athletic wear. This meant that what she had worn should have been allowed on the premises. She should not have been condemned for her outfit.
The reactions of the netizens varied. There were some who agreed with Sarah while the others were against her. There were even some who maintained a neutral stance on the issue. Some users commented that what she had worn to the gym that day was appropriate for the gym, but that she still should not have worn the outfit for class. One user, Caryl Hogan, said: “I would question how appropriate they are for class or lectures or discussions with your professors.”
Soon, the gym reached out in order to explain their side of the issue. It seemed like they had a good reason why they did such things in that situation. They also said that the reason was valid, but that they do acknowledge that the staff might have mishandled the situation. However, instead of letting the story blow to epic proportions, they should have just explained it from the start. People had grown curious about the reason.
The gym maintained what they said. The customers were all required to wear t-shirts or vests for hygiene reasons. And yes, even though their post in front of the gym did say, “Athletic wear must be worn,” the exact reason for this was not fully disclosed. Instead of hygiene, the staff mentioned her coverage.
There were some additional comments in Sarah’s post which mentioned that most of the college gyms always required the customers to wear appropriate attire such as shirts that did not cut-off or crop. The reason for this was obvious. This rule was set in place in order to minimize skin contact with machines and other gym equipment.
The reasons they had listed all seemed to be reasonable and valid. The main issue was how they handled the situation. Instead of being rude, the staff should have just explained everything. The employees were supposed to be approachable, friendly, and helpful. And they should have been polite as they told Sarah the rules and standards inside the gym.