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07/18/17 at 04:33pm in Security Makes Guest Remove "Handguns" T-shirt (Latest Edit: 07/18/17 at 05:05pm by Nicole.)
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Security won’t let woman wearing Handguns t-shirt into Busch Gardens

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Rachel Holley loves going to Busch Gardens. She enjoys the Williamsburg theme park so much, she buys an annual pass so she can make unlimited visits each season.

But that tradition may be coming to an end after a recent incident at the park.

"I felt like a criminal," the 24-year-old Virginia Beach woman said after a security guard would not allow her into the park last Friday.

The issue, she was told, was her t-shirt.

" if a kid were to see this shirt, they might think that guns are OK," she recalled.

On the front of the shirt, the word "Handguns" is written in a cartoon font.

The back also displayed the word "Handguns," along with an image from the kids' cartoon Rugrats.

The shirt, for the punk band Handguns, was deemed inappropriate for children to see and a violation of park dress code, she said she was told.

Rachel said she was told she had to leave the park and come back in a new shirt if she wanted entry that day. When she asked if she could simply turn the shirt inside out, she said she was told "no."

Rachel said she left the park, bought a new shirt, and was ultimately allowed into Busch Gardens for the day.

"I found it hypocritical," she explained. "As soon as I walked into the park and saw [other t-shirts and toy weapons for sale] that were the same level, if not worse than what I had on my shirt."

The Busch Gardens dress code posted online offered the following guidance:

In keeping with the family image of Busch Gardens®, guests must wear appropriate clothing while in the park. Shirts, shoes, and pants must be worn at all times. Clothing with suggestive or explicit language or insulting statements is not allowed. Busch Gardens reserves the right to refuse admission or ask anyone to leave who is not in compliance with these rules.

When asked to comment specifically on Rachel Holley's case, a park spokesperson offered the following statement:

"We are committed to fostering a safe, family atmosphere in our parks, including the dress code policy noted. One of the responsibilities of our security officers is to determine the appropriateness of guest attire and considering potentially offensive pictures or words printed on clothing is a major factor in their assessment. We are looking into this situation and have been in contact with the guest."

Holley confirmed she had been in contact with park security who told her they were investigating her concerns.

"If I do go back to the park, I’m definitely going to think about what I’m going to wear," she conceded. "I don't want to through that again."


Source: http://wtvr.com/2017/07/18/rachel-holley-busch-gardens/
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Ehhhh, I think that the guard was overzealous, but I don't think this is really newsworthy.  I have seen worse inside the park.
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I think it is inexcusable and the guard was acting like a bully. What rule was she breaking?

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None, just someone someone who had been granted a little bit of power acting like a prick for no reason other than personal fufilment.

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How and what about this shirt would cause harm? The park sells toy guns and swords... I would have been pissed too in all honesty, I hope she gets some form of reimbursement.

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Handguns is a terrible name for a band.

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Because there are no names left! It's a lack of choices really.

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07/18/17 at 07:03pm in Security Makes Guest Remove "Handguns" T-shirt (Latest Edit: 07/18/17 at 07:03pm by Unagi.)
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As far as rock band t-shirts go, I wore this to the park a long time ago.  I wonder if I could get away with it again! LOL

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I know you're kidding, MAZ. At least I hope you are.

Here's a true story: one of my founding band members went to prison so we're changing our name. I came up with 30 in less than an hour that were free and clear on Discogs and Facebook. Here are some of the names we're not using:

Hi Fructose Porn Syrup
Elle Oh Elle
Orwellian Groove
Midget Fight
Bosnian Sniper Fire
404 Terror

^--- all of these are better than Handguns.

Not only is Handguns a stupid choice for a name, it's kind of lazy.

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Maybe the security guard was just as disappointed in the name.
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07/18/17 at 07:52pm in Security Makes Guest Remove "Handguns" T-shirt (Latest Edit: 07/18/17 at 07:53pm by MAZ.)
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Heyhehehe....midget fight....heyhehehe......

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I feel like this has happened before...
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Last time it was a kilt iirc.

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Right after the kilt incident, I saw someone claiming to be a Furry that was dressed in a full blue mascot costume complete with full headpiece. The security team all huddled together as soon as they saw the person coming to decide what to do. To make matters worse, it was during Howl-O-Scream.

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There was a kilt issue. However, and these can be found in the Social Media thread, the have been separated incidents of self-idebtified Furries and Juggalos being "discriminated" against.
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