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Red Flag at Six Flags (again)

June 15th, 2010 by

What the hell is the deal with Six Flags in Arlington Texas?!

A few weeks back I posted about Samantha and Matt Osborn, a Texas couple who were refused entry into the Arlington amusement park because of Samantha’s tattoos.  At the time, security at the Arlington Six Flags park claimed that the six-shooter tattoos on Samantha’s chest were just as offensive as a swastika.

Well now Six Flags Arlington is back in the news again and yup, once again they’ve denied someone entrance into the park as a result of their tattoo.  Sam Torres was initially stopped by the Six Flags security because of a handcuff bracelet that he was wearing.  Why this caused a problem, I don’t know, but once they started in on that, they noticed a tattoo on Torres’ arm of a topless woman.

“We walk up to the front and I show them my season pass. They pull me to the side and say they’re going to have to talk to the manager,” [Torres] said.

But that’s not all.

“One of the female workers says, ‘What about his tattoo?’ and then he was like, ‘Oh yeah. That’s a pretty vulgar tattoo. You have to cover that up,’” Torres said.

A spokesperson for Six Flags said Torres was not allowed inside the park because the tattoo of a topless woman on his arm was inappropriate.”

Come on.  First of all, you can’t tell me that kids are quite frankly, going to give a crap about some guy’s bracelet or tattoo while they are in an amusement park.  I used to go to Disneyland a hell of a lot when I was a kid and I can tell you one thing: the Pope and Kanye West could have cruised by on a skateboard, sharing a banana split and thumb wrestling, and it wouldn’t have even remotely distracted me from the fact that I was at Disneyland. Amusement parks are heaven on earth for kids and no single tattoo or handcuff bracelet is going to change that.

Second of all, the dude had a season pass!  How are you going to throw out a guy who loves your amusement park enough to have bought a season pass?  That’s crazy!  The Six-Flags management is literally throwing away business.  How stupid can you get?

I can tell you one thing for sure, that’s it for me.  If I ever visit Texas, I won’t be stopping by Six Flags in Arlington.  Even if I have a serious hankering for a roller coaster.  Maybe if they start to learn how to respect their customers I’d go, but until then, no way.

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