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Man Kicked Out of Universal Studios Orlando Over Police T-Shirt

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Sep 05, 2013 01:01 PM EDT

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Next time you go to Universal Studios in Orlando, don't wear a police shirt. A man was kicked out of the theme park for wearing a shirt that said "police" on it.

Christian Jarosz planned a sweet sixteen surprise for his daughter by taking her to the park to see the Blue Man group, but the family never got to see the show because of his t-shirt, WPTV reports.

Jarosz isn't a police officer, but he was wearing a shirt that said "police" which he received as a gift from his brother who is a New York cop. The shirt had never caused Jarosz problems before.

"I've worn the shirt to Disney and other theme parks. I didn't even think about it when I put it on," Jarosz told WPTV.

He says that he was cleared through security, but he was stopped by security officers as he was walking with his family to the  Blue Man Group show on Saturday night.

"He just basically said you can't have that shirt in the park," Jarosz said. He questioned the policy at first but then told the officer that he would buy a t-shirt at a nearby store so his family could still see the show.

"We wanted to get to the show. This was about our daughter's birthday. So we were like... follow us and we'll go to Billabong and buy a shirt. We got inside and I picked out a shirt for him," Christian's wife Diana Jarosz said.

However more security officers showed up and the problem escalated.

"They said don't bother buying another shirt, 'you guys are out of here.' I was like 'what are you talking about? I'm buying the shirt right now!' He said... 'don't buy it. You guys are out of here,' " Jarosz said.

The incident caused Jarosz's children to cry. "I was thinking... 'what is going on here?' I just want to see Blue Man Group with my friend! I'm just excited that my family took me here. I started getting emotional," 16-year-old Sabrina Jarosz said.

Universal Studios stands by their policy and says "The only people we allow in our parks with shirts or other clothing that might identify them as police officers are working law enforcement personnel.  This is for everyone's safety and to avoid confusion by our guests. And while we don't discuss specific guest situations, I can tell you it is our practice to clearly explain policy decisions to our guests - and it is not our practice to ask guests to leave our theme parks simply because they ask us questions.  I'd invite these guests to contact us if they'd like to have a conversation about what happened."

However the family says they likely won't return after the ordeal.  Blue Man Group refunded the family the $500 they spent on the tickets.

 

 

 

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