May 14, 2021
Mum threatened with arrest over shorts had ‘buttocks hanging out’ & was ‘unruly & offensive’ to staff, theme park claims
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Earlier this month, mum Bailey Breedlove claimed security guards at the Oklahoma tourist hotspot approached her regarding her 11-year-old daughter's Heelys before turning their attention to her outfit.3Bailey released footage of her being 'body-shamed' by security guards at Six Flags theme park on 30 AprilCredit: bailey breedlove/Facebook
In order to remain in the park, Bailey - who is autistic - was told she needed to buy new shorts during her visit on 30 April.
When she reluctantly agreed, Bailey claims she was accused of "criminal trespassing" and later posted footage of her being threatened with arrest on social media.
However, a spokesperson for Six Flags has now claimed that Bailey's account "did not fully portray her behaviour during the incident".
They told the Fort Worth Star Telegram: "The guest was initially stopped because her shorts exposed a significant portion of her buttocks.3The mum said she was told to buy a new pair of shorts from the gift shopCredit: bailey breedlove/Facebook
"She was given multiple opportunities to change or cover up, but refused.
"Instead, she responded with profanity and offensive conduct, including further exposing her buttocks."
What's more, the Six Flags representative said the mum was only removed from the park when she "refused to stop her unruly and offensive behaviour, targeted at the police and other park guests."
They added: "The video clip this guest has posted on the internet does not fully portray her behaviour during this incident."3Six Flags said the video did not accurately portray Bailey's behaviourCredit: Getty
The viral footage shows Bailey and her daughter sitting by the entrance of the theme park as the security guard asks for proof of ID because's she "disorderly."
The unnamed person recording then said: "She's not disorderly. They're saying her shorts are too small."
After receiving a five-year ban from the park, Bailey accused Six Flags of "sexualising" female guests for taking issue with her outfit and claims she saw a similar pair for sale in their gift shop with their logo over the bum.
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Mum claims creepy bloke took photo of her breastfeeding with zoom lens & police told her it’s LEGAL
Julia Cooper says that despite 'being discreet' when she breastfed her nine-month-old daughter on a bench while out for a walk with friends in Sale, Greater Manchester, she noticed a man staring at her.6Julia Cooper said a man took a photo of her as she breastfed her baby and refused to delete itCredit: Kennedy News
The 32-year-old claims the man, who was sat at a nearby picnic table, attached a zoom lens to his camera and began taking pictures of her, trying to get a close-up of 'what was going on'.
After confronting the onlooker, the designer claims he even admitted taking the intimate snaps but refused to delete them - leading her to believe he was taking them for 'sinister' purposes.
When the distressed parent then contacted Greater Manchester Police, Julia claims she was informed the man was acting within the law as she was out in public - leaving her too uncomfortable to breastfeed in public now.
Now Julia has launched a Change.org petition that has racked up more than 25,300 signatures, in which she calls for a change in law that would make the 'disturbing, intrusive act' illegal.6Julia claims the man, who was sat at a nearby picnic table, attached a zoom lens to his camera and began taking pictures of herCredit: Kennedy News
Julia, from Chorlton, Greater Manchester, said: "It felt horrible.
"I was being discreet about feeding her and I think that's why he attached a zoom lens, because he wanted to get as close-up a shot as possible of what was going on.
"After feeding my daughter, I went over and asked him if he was taking photos of us.
"He confirmed he was and refused to delete the photos, and he said it was his right because we were in public.
"He didn't explain why he'd taken the pictures and I didn't think to ask. In a way, I didn't want to know.
"It was obviously a sinister reason. I would guess it was for sexual gratification. It was a cold April day, and I was wearing a big coat.
"It was only when he saw me breastfeeding that he decided to get his camera out, so I'm guessing it was [for] some sort of pleasure.
"I went away, went home and felt really angry and disgusted."6After confronting the onlooker, the designer claims he even admitted taking the intimate snaps but refused to delete themCredit: Kennedy News
Julia had stopped to sit on the bench to breastfeed her baby for only the second time she had done it in public, when she claims she spotted the picnicker across from her 'staring' during the incident in April.
Julia said: "There was no chance he was trying to take shots of the car park behind me. He was definitely trying to take photos of me.
"I do feel sad that [breastfeeding is] something that's been ruined for me.
"I've tried to do it a couple more times, but I feel like I'm really aware of who's around and if they look like the kind of person who'd take a photo of me.
"That's not something I should have to think about while feeding my daughter.
"This has changed how I feel breastfeeding in public. I take a bottle out and feed her with a bottle.
"Before, I just thought breastfeeding in public was something normal and I'd expect maybe a glance from a passer-by, but since it happened, I've gradually stopped breastfeeding in public."6Julia is now trying to make the act illegalCredit: Kennedy News/Google Maps
When Julia left the park, she called Greater Manchester Police and claims she was told the man had acted within the law.
After reaching out to her local MP Jeff Smith and Labour MP Stella Creasy, Julia's case has now been discussed in parliament and the pair are tabling an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Julia said: "I spoke to Greater Manchester Police and they confirmed he had acted within the law.
“Even the man at the police control room said 'I don't agree with this, but it is legal at the moment'.
"They couldn't do anything about it.
"I then got in touch with my MP Jeff Smith and his team have been great. They've taken it up and brought it up in parliament a week later.
"I got in touch with Stella Creasy on Twitter knowing she's a mum and a campaigner for women's rights. The same thing happened to her on a train in Wimbledon.
It was obviously a sinister reason. I would guess it was for sexual gratification. It was a cold April day, and I was wearing a big coat.Julia Cooper
"Stella Creasey and Jeff Smith are tabling an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing [and Courts] Bill which is going to be debated in parliament over the next week, I think.
"It's at committee stage and that means there's a committee of MPs that are going line by line through all the amendments.
"The up-skirting [Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019] bill in 2019 just covers images taken below the waist. The amendment that the two MPs have proposed is that it would also include images and photos taken of breastfeeding.
"The petition has really taken off and I've spoken to Change.org and we're talking about when to deliver the petition to the Ministry of Justice.
"I'm really glad that someone positive is happening out of what happened to me."6When Julia left the park, she called Greater Manchester Police and claims she was told the man had acted within the lawCredit: Kennedy News
Since speaking out about her own experience, Julia claims other women have come forward with their own stories, but none have felt comfortable to share in more detail.
Julia said: "I've had other women come to me with their stories.
"What's strange about my situation is he admitted taking the photos and said he wouldn't delete them, whereas the women I've spoken to aren't sure if it happened.
"They saw someone take a photo and didn't feel they could ask."6Since speaking out about her own experience, Julia claims other women have come forward with their own storiesCredit: Kennedy News
The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 states a person commits an offence if he or she 'operates equipment' or 'records an image' beneath the clothing of another person and does so with the intention of viewing their genitals or buttocks, or underwear, where they would not otherwise be visible.
Someone convicted of upskirting can face up to a two year jail term.
The Met Police's website also states: "Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel."
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