Marine kicked out of theme park for "offensive" shirt
By Austin Prickett
A New Jersey father and veteran says he was turned away from a theme park because of the shirt he was wearing. Iraq war veteran Mario Alejandro says his family had planned to visit Six Flags Great Adventure for a birthday party when he park employees told him his shirt was offensive. The shirt in question features an M-16 and reads "Keep Calm and Return Fire". Alejandro says he bought the shirt to support the veteran's group Marine Reconnaissance Foundation. Alejandro says the park told him other visitors will find the shirt offensive. "I thought it was a joke," Alejandro said. The father says he was told to either buy a new shirt in the gift shop, or leave. Alejandro then left the park while his family went inside to attend the party. When asked what the shirt means to him, Alejandro said: "With all the craziness that's going on in this world right now, I look at it as if that there was something happening here right now I would be the first one to stand up and defend anybody that's injured, ill or sick." A Six Flags spokesperson says the park has a dress code that it enforces. The park does not permit any clothing with vulgar, offensive, or violent images or wording.
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