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Veteran says Six Flags turned him away for 'offensive' shirt

Veteran Says Six Flags Turned Him Away For 'Offensive' Shirt

An Iraq war veteran says he was turned away from a Six Flags in New Jersey because he says he was told his shirt was "offensive."

Fox News: "It's a shirt supporting the Marines and on it there's a red, white and blue rifle with the words 'keep calm and return fire.' A worker there said it would offend people."

The vet says he was stopped by a security guard at the front gate.

News 12 New Jersey, which highlighted the story on its front page, spoke with 33-year-old Mario Alejandro. He's served two tours in Iraq.

"I thought it was a joke when the guy said 'hey you can't come into this park."

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

Six Flags does have a dress code. On the Frequently Asked Questions portion of its website, it says: "Clothing with rude, vulgar or offensive language or graphics is not permitted at any time."

Alejandro's shirt didn't have any curse words on it, but it does feature a graphic of a rifle. This could have been why it was seen as violating the offensive graphics portion of the dress code.

On the back of the shirt, it's made clear it's for military benefit, as it has a link to the Reconnaissance Foundation, whose mission is: "to provide immediate assistance and ongoing support to the Marine Reconnaissance Community and its veterans."

Although Six Flags did not directly address the issue, a spokeswoman sent NJ.com an email saying:

"the incident was 'under review." She added that Six Flags is "extremely proud of its longstanding relationship with the U.S. military."

But was Six Flags in the wrong? Quite a few seem to think so, writing that it was unacceptable, saying they'd no longer visit the park and calling people whiners.

Alejandro wants an apology, telling NJ.com he laid in a hole for 36 hours straight and had friends die serving his country, yet can't wear a patriotic shirt to an amusement park.

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DC August 15 2014 at 3:06 PM

Were becoming pussified

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onionson August 15 2014 at 3:00 PM

I'm pro gun and free speech but that does not seem to be a shirt to wear at Six Flags. The meaning behind it is not all that clear and there could be school shooting traumatized kids running around. Six Flags as any company should be free to implement a dress code.

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tcdesalvo August 15 2014 at 3:35 PM

I have been to six flags numerous times. I'd bet they don't find Burkas or ISIS flags offfensive. As a former Marine myself, I will miss going to their parks. Really wanna tick them off? Let's get a bunch of vets together with t-shirts showing military branch insignia and a Christian Cross.

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rdj735 August 15 2014 at 3:06 PM

Boycott Six Flags!

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rshaw2400 August 15 2014 at 2:50 PM

Hey, I find Obama campaign bumper stickers offensive, can we get those cars removed from the roads?

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phillipky1 August 15 2014 at 3:04 PM

Six Flags better apologize right now. They are on the wrong side of this one. A picture of a rifle is not graphic and to even think that is stupid. Ever seen a picture of a Minuteman? He is holding a rifle and those rifles are primarily what won our independence.

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shawndmonty August 15 2014 at 2:55 PM

I agree with 6 flags...tell this whinner to change his shirt...I will go to 6 flags ever MORE now just because I agree with what they did and I hope they continue to do things like this.....6 flags I support you 100%

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fourprs August 15 2014 at 2:55 PM

Yet another reason NOT to visit NJ casinos, parks and fee based beaches.

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valeryvee August 15 2014 at 2:51 PM

Six Flags has paid out tons of cash after a class action suit that dealt with this sort of behavior...looks like they haven't learned!

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investigatorkch August 15 2014 at 2:54 PM

an idiot

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