Veteran says he was booted from amusement park because of his shirt

AVENEL, N.J. — A New Jersey father says he was turned away from Six Flags Great Adventure because of the shirt he was wearing.

Mario Alejandro, an Iraq War veteran says he was told the shirt was inappropriate — but he bought it to support a veterans group.  He says his shirt is patriotic.

The shirt features an M-16 in the colors of the American flag and the words, “Keep Calm and Return Fire.”

Staff at the amusement park told him it was inappropriate.

“I thought it was a joke. When the guy said, ‘You can’t come to this park people will find this offensive,’ I thought it was a joke,” Alejandro said.

Shirt

Alejandro served two tours in Iraq. He says he bought the shirt to support the veterans group, reconfoundation.org.

“As soon as I showed him the back of my shirt he said, ‘I don’t care. Get out of here, get out of here,’” he said.

Alejandro says he was told to either buy a new shirt in the gift shop, or leave.

So the father of three angrily left the park, while his family went inside to attend a birthday party.

An amusement park spokeswoman says the park has a dress code that it enforces.

“We do not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent images or wording,” according to the park.

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6 comments

  • Tim Young

    I do wear vulgar shirts and most have the word f— on them. And I’m pretty middle of the road on politics but I know my rights and we the people have the right to bear arms and the right to free speech, in our mind. And not to be disrespectful sir but wife and kids should have stayed with you as you flipped the finger walking away. And thank you for your serving the military and being patriotic. Our politicians on both partys sold us out and refuse to bring us together as a nation.

  • What You Say

    The left has always tried their best to vilify those who lay their lives on the line to preserve our Republic. If it was a left wing nut they would be crying about descrimination already. Tolerance is only a word accepted by the left when you agree with them, otherwise you get labeled with any word that ends with -ism or -phobic.

    • Skillpot

      You mentioned the “left” side, so I wonder if this could be the problem, and the answer:
      Bible Study
      “Left” and “Right”
      Remember what Jesus said: ‘Goats on the left, sheep on
      the right’ (Matthew 25:33).
      Jesus also told Peter that if he wanted to catch fish do it
      from the right side of the boat. They did and filled the
      boat with fish.
      John 21:6 (NIV) He said, “Throw your net on the right
      side of the boat and you will find some.” When they
      did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the
      large number of fish.”

      Origin of Left & Right… I have often wondered why it
      is that conservatives are called the “right” and
      Liberals are called the “left”.

      By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible:

      Ecclesiastes 10:2
      (NIV) – “The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but
      the heart of the fool to the left.” Thus says the Lord. Amen.

      It surely can’t get any simpler than that.

      Spelling Lesson :

      The last four letters in American……….I Can

      The last four letters in Republican……..I Can

      The last four letters in Democrats………Rats

      End of lesson. Test to follow on November 6, 2014.

      Re member , November 2014 is to be set aside as rodent removal month.

      Please help to achieve that goal.

  • Uno

    Tim,

    Wear your shirts to your Moms house. Maybe your Dad will teach you the meaning of respect and self respect, or maybe he tried and asked himself how you were the fastest one.

    • Tim Young

      I did wear my shirts to my dad’s house and when my mom come around I did wear my shirts to. Now I’m 48 and happily married for 22 years to my first and only with 3 children and I’m highly respected in my community. I just say like I see it. I not politically correct and I’m a atheist. People get offended by little words and cry…boo hoo hop. We as people of the United States should learn to help our free country move forward and that would take both parties working together.. Maybe one day. And by the way I loved and respected my father whom we laid to rest a year ago. He did an amazing job razing 4 children and I’m the youngest and damn right and country proud. And back to the news story …he paid his dues and can wear the shirt, just like I paid my dues in serving this country.

      • Sue

        I see nothing wrong with your shirt. This is our country and you certainly deserved the right to wear it. You went overseas to protect and serve this country. The shirt does not encourage violence and guns just keeping, protecting and fighting for what is yours/ours. Thank you for serving and I do not think they should have treated you that way!

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