All of this started off as just an enjoyable family vacation. That was why it came as such a bit of a shock that on the very same day she was going to suffer anger, shame, and injustice. Her primary issue was neither the children playing around her nor the costly tickets and food at the water park. Not at all, it was a much bigger problem than any of these other things. This lady had been in the water for only a few minutes before she was kicked out of the water. There was very little possibility she would instantly let this one go!
Her Name Is Madelyn Scheaffer
Madelyn Scheaffer from Odessa, Missouri, is a solely devoted mother. Madelyn was the kind of woman that would do everything within her power to make sure her family was doing extremely well. It appears that something major happened when she was in her mid-30s. It is not an exaggeration to say that it destroyed her entire existence!
Seven years later some workers at the waterpark tried to cover up her work and effort. She had been through all of it really, pretty hard time is an extreme exaggeration and you can guess what happened wasn’t ideal for a water park to affect her how it did.
It Was Time To Make A Decision
She found out a little more about herself in 2005 that had her carefully consider her life-long decisions. Upon slipping and falling into the bathtub as she bent over to make herself a bath, she had been suffering from a slipped disc.
Her way of living has not been of any benefit to her body. She decided one day that she already had enough of this misery. At that exact moment, she knew that she had to change. The slipped disc ‘s pain and trauma she experienced was enough to make anyone change.
It Was A Sign
The emergency workers came over in no time at all when the incident occurred. Despite that, Madelyn had been in so much pain that she did not want to be moved. She even sent the responders away and, for a few days simply laid in the bath.
A Sense Of Calm
A calmness continues to dominate her entire body as she spends all her time there. It was completely not part of her plan. She got the distinct impression that she had carelessly neglected herself in her mission to take responsibility for the rest of her family.
She Was Determined To Change
Madelyn went on to say, “That should have been the first sign for me that I needed to lose weight, but it took me another year before I decided to do something.” Nothing extraordinary occurred, although, when at last she was able to accumulate all her willpower and strength.
Best Shape Of Her Life
She had been able to drop a hundred pounds in two years. She really reshaped the way she lived. She was still in great condition five years after that. She seemed to have no clue she was about to engage in one of her life’s greatest battles.
Mustering The Bravery To Do It
She had weighed 170 pounds at the age of 43. Madelyn had been in the best possible shape and looked as confident as she always been. This mother decided on a very hot day to do something she had never have the courage to do. She knew her body is not really great. She put on a new black bikini anyway and went with her family to Adventure Oasis Water Park. Things did start to change for the worse, unfortunately.
Someone Was Watching Her
Madelyn observed the bodies of both young and old people in the Water Park. She did not feel jealousy at all towards them! She was pleased with how she looked at that time already. And rightfully so, because she has been working really hard to do so. Someone, unknown to her, had been staring at her secretly!
Confidence is Key
It is incredibly difficult to lose weight and, after being overweight, build confidence to rock a bikini, because it is not automatically brought about when you lose weight but a work in progress. Madelyn felt very confident but it would be revoked very soon.
She Could Not Believe It
She set her towel aside, sat down, and got into the cold water. She had been in there for only five minutes when two female staff members confronted her. They briefed Madelyn, something she never could handle.
Employees Say What
She squinted at them through the light from the sun and asked them to say it one more time. Could it be that she just misunderstood them? She was nevertheless caught off guard by these female staff members.
Her “Inappropriate” Outfit
One of the ladies was sighing and repeating what she had said. She told Madelyn that she was sporting a “too low” bikini bottoms, as well as “inappropriate.” “This is a family park,” she also further mentioned. How can it be valid?
According To Who’s Standards?
After all, she had “full” bikini bottoms on. She was in total confusion as she looked at the other women at the water park. A lot of them were wearing scantier swimwear! Clearly, there was something wrong here.
She Felt Violated
Her feelings have been all over the place, and her face showed it all. After hearing the female employees remark on her appearance, Madelyn could not help but feel a profound sense of shame and humiliation. It sounded like a complete violation of her.
Taking A Stand
She was able to avoid feeling this way, thankfully. Shortly afterward, it was overshadowed by rage. “I was embarrassed for a second, and then it was no, no way,” she shared. To let these fellow women break her down like that, when she had worked too hard to be confident with her own body.
They Singled Her Out
“My body is different than the young girls that were walking around in their bikinis, but why should I be made ashamed of my body?” Madelyn told the journalist. She then went on to say, “I am comfortable in my bikini. I am happy with who I am.”
Embracing Your Body
“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.” It should be necessary for women of all shapes and sizes to support their bodies and not be embarrassed.
Time To Take A Stand
She turned around and looked at the staff members who kept looking up and down at her body in a degrading way. Had this happened many years ago, Madelyn realized she would have been too afraid to stand up for herself. This was, however, right now.
Standing Up For Herself
She realized it was about time she stood up for herself. As a matter of fact, it was evident for no justifiable reason they were singling her out. It had been built up and was meant to go on for a long time. Her confidence will not be easily broken down.
They Gave Her Two Options
Even so, the vicious young women refused just to let it go. They informed Madelyn she only had two different possibilities. Either she could slip on a pair of shorts over her bikini bottoms, or she could go. And now, she was already furious and asked for their supervisor for a talk.
“Well, I am not covering up,” she stated enraged to them. She continued, “And if you expect me to leave, you had better call the police and have them escort me out.” On top of that, she was ashamed that they had called her out, however, she believed she was standing up for a lot of people.
She Was Booted Out
Soon afterward, police officers made their way to the waterpark to kick her out, much to her dismay. “Fifteen minutes later the police did arrive and said that while they did not agree, they had to do their job. ‘We can’t say anything,’ they said as we walked outside… but I hope from the expressions on our face you can tell how we feel.”
Even The Police Agreed
In her Facebook post, Madelyn shared the story, which then began circulating all over the internet. She then continued, “They were compassionate. They, too, though it was ridiculous.” In today’s world, the police would probably realize what should and should not be authorized.
Looking Too Good In A Bikini
She explained in detail, “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.” No matter what type of body she has, she ought not to have been treated unfairly if others were in the same situation.
Wearing A Bikini At Any Age
She explained in detail, “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.” No matter what type of body she has, she ought not to have been mistreated if others were in the same situation.
It Was Completely Unfair
“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 clothes or leave,” she said that in her frustration. Even so, what could she possibly do about this?
It Went Viral On Facebook
When Madelyn came on Facebook to help us understand how the water park discriminated against her, people from different parts of the world recently learned about it. The way the staff of Adventure Oasis Water Park treated her could have been impossible to imagined by the lots. She wasn’t going to stop there.
Spreading The Word
And yet Madelyn knew that only the online name and the shame game would not make them realize the faults of their ways to handle the situation. What more can she actually do? It is not for herself, but she was going to blow things up all the more for any other woman out there who hadn’t had the strength and determination.
She Received Local Support
“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,” she said. We are pleased that the post has had more public support than she ever dreamed possible!
Supporters From All Over The World
She presented her gratitude and appreciation from the way that the message was sent on Facebook. The fact that so many people supported her was surprising for her as well! Madelyn said, “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 wanted to see the world, and now the world is coming to me, and sending much Love.”
Appreciation For The Human Body
“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!” Madelyn went on to share some more.
Appreciating What We Have
She also added, “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.” And so what did she expect by focusing mainly on the water park ‘s unfair policies?
Money Is Not Going To Fix The Problem
“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 replied, “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 would have to acknowledge that this is the only method of making things better there! Lets hope, sooner rather than later, they would follow her great advice. And if these criteria are entirely accurate, these should all be implemented and recognized equally and fairly. That being said, the positive outlook and acceptance of the body are rising and being encouraged in today’s day and age. This kind of thing, unfortunately, occurs everywhere, and the next story is even much worse.
Sarah Villafane is a student who often works in her college’s gym at Charleston College. She had been an eager regular attendee and never had trouble in the gym before. Upon finishing her classes, Sarah made her way to the gym, although what they had to say to her wasn’t all right at all.
Her Gym Top
Mostly because of her current outfit that day, Sarah had been in 3 classes, and she used to wear gym clothes often during the day. This is very normal since we often like to wear workout clothes on days packed with demands or when we know that our day would end already.
A Matching Set
Sarah had black leggings and a sleeveless matching black shirt. The top was barely cut, and her leggings did not show too much because it’s high-waisted. A rising mix of influencers in any gym or school.
When an employee in the gym approached her, Sarah was doing her workout. The employee said she was inappropriate, so she needed to change her outfit. Sarah was genuinely surprised; she couldn’t believe what she heard. What did she do? What did she think would happen if she disobeys the staff?
No Other Option
Sarah just said she had no other top to the employee. She continued her exercise and went to her session since nothing had happened after the confrontation. Though she felt a little ashamed, it was still not the end.
She moved to the back corner of the gym, as she was on the ground, another employee confronted her, to her bewilderment. After she said, “I have a shirt on,” Sarah recalled the staff member telling her to put a shirt on.
The Staff Member Argued
And the staff member responded by saying, “No, that’s not a shirt. You have to wear a whole shirt.” Sarah reacted by saying, “How is this not a shirt?” in which the staff member went further to say why she needs to be full coverage.
The staff member told her they always have their “boss” in the facility if she has an issue, and she just laughed and told them they ‘re free to send him in if they’re concerned.
The gym manager then confronted her and told her she had to leave the gym because she won’t change her top. It was even more humiliating for Sarah because all the other gym students were facing her at that time.
Referred To As Boss
The manager or “boss” as they called him to inform Sarah, “I need you to put on a shirt, or I’m gonna have to ask you to leave.” Sarah protested, “But I have a shirt on.” When he responded, “Are you gonna put a shirt on?”
Fitness clothing should be comfortable, functional, and reveal a little skin frequently. In every fitness center, they were tight, flexible, and flaunt a little skin and much more revealing throughout the decades – than what we imagine Sarah wore.
She had to leave because she was humiliated. It was not the only way to deal with the situation. The workers could have been more cordial and explained that they were not their words nor their actions but it was the policy of their gym. Except that didn’t happen.
Taking It To Media
Sarah posted the incident on Facebook, describing the tensions. She had been upset. She explains how it was still considered as athletic wear. Also, the top was considered a sports bra, so it should be allowed. There should have been no criticism.
Some of the replies swung in both directions with Sarah and also with the fitness center. A few even commented, ” I would question how appropriate they are for class or lectures or discussions with your professors,” replied by Caryl Hogan and said that this is fine for the gym but not for schools.
The fitness center eventually reached out and said they had a legitimate reason for dealing with the situation and why they did what they had done. This explanation leads us to believe that the case was mishandled as they should have demonstrated from the get-go. What was the line of reasoning?
The gym was meant to have enclosed t-shirts and vests for sanitary purposes, and it is part of the dress code. Even though on the front of the gym, the dress code says, “Athletic wear must be worn,” they talked about her coverage but never about the sanitization.
The same was said in the comments made on Sarah’s post: students will wear shirts that do not cut off or crop top in their college gym to avoid skin contact with machinery and equipment.
The argument appears to be true, and we think they should just have clarified it from the start. Besides that, the workers should be more friendly and helpful in communicating with Sarah on how these standards exist and what they are.