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Over-the-top Busch Gardens security strikes again! Make sure you take the time to scroll to the end: the park's response is appalling.

Edit: the attached Facebook post has been deleted by its owner.

[facebook=https://www.facebook.com/HexNottingham/videos/10205316102006881/?permPage=1]
 
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Applesauce

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I can understand the yet another furry trying to get into the door with collar and tail that's being commented on. But its sort of obvious that its a kilt?? Which isn't a costume. (Not that I'm sure why you'd want to wear a kilt to a theme park, but whatever his personal choices.) I'd just like to know what is going on in security.
 
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I don't get furries.  I love animals, I even find them much easier to deal with than humans, but I would never walk around with some sort of foam isopod carapace or something and expect people to "respect my lifestyle".

 

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Nicole

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I'm not sure why anyone is surprised when BGW security does something authoritarian and unreasonable. They have a long history of being arbitrary bullies.

Honestly, I think there needs to be more of a focus on this Forum on what other departments are doing and less of a monomania about Entertainment.
 

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Pretzel Kaiser said:
I don't get furries.  I love animals, I even find them much easier to deal with than humans, but I would never walk around with some sort of foam isopod carapace or something and expect people to "respect my lifestyle".
I too don't understand.
 
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I agree with Nicole. It haws been clear to me for some time that security at BGW is completely out of control. I am sure there are individuals that are very helpful and kind. In fact I had a nice, albeit short chat with one who was inspecting my bag. He opened a leather folder of mine from William and Mary and asked me if I had attended and told me about his grand daughter who was a freshman and how proud of her he was. (he was older) He, however seems to be the exception. It has been my personal experience that they are generally fairly rude and gruff. They also seem to take pleasure in exerting what little power they have.
I have had friends followed for no good reason, one thrown out because he was mis-identified, and have personally been accused of smoking pot in a cabana. I had not, would not, and because of my job can not smoke pot, I certainly would not in a theme park particularly in a cabana.
 
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As to this:

" We asked what would happen if someone from a different cultural or spiritual background showed up wearing traditional and even sacred articles of clothing; a Muslim in a hijab or burka, a Sikh in a turban, a Hindu in a sari, etc."

I know I saw a few of these items as well being worn by people throughout the park on Saturday. I think it's ridiculous to think that what the man was wearing is a "costume". I saw no cast members remotely dressed like this, so to say he would be confused for one is extremely stupid. I for one would like to see someone wearing this say around LNM instead of a scowling cast member who can't be bothered to even greet or return a greeting to the people entering the line ride.
 

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Man wears Kilt to Busch Gardens...

Norfolk man denied entrance to Busch Gardens for attire
1:57 p.m. EDT October 19, 2015

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Norfolk man claims he was denied entry at Busch Gardens for wearing a kilt.

According to Hex Nottingham, Busch Gardens employees told him he could not wear a "costume" inside the park at Howl-O-Scream.

"I've been a customer for decades and a regular pass holder, and this has left a terrible stain on the honour of my culture as well as my ethnic pride," says Nottingham.

Before leaving the park, Nottingham recorded a video of himself and posted it to Facebook. He also formally wrote to Busch Gardens in hopes of getting answers to his complaint.
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http://www.13newsnow.com/story/features/2015/10/19/chesapeake-man-denied-entrance-to-busch-gardens-for-attire/74211046/http://www.13newsnow.com/story/features/2015/10/19/chesapeake-man-denied-entrance-to-busch-gardens-for-attire/74211046/
 

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Busch Gardens spokesman Kevin Crossett said the park adheres to a strict no costume policy.

“For the safety of our guests and performers, we do not allow costumes in the park any time of the year, but especially not during Howl-O-Scream,” Crossett said. “The park does not wish to alienate anyone who wears traditional clothing representing their culture or heritage. However, if the clothing could confuse guests into thinking the wearer is part of the official Howl-O-Scream experience then we will not allow it in the park.”
 

Nicole

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What about a man in a kilt would be confusing to anyone? He looks nothing like any of the scare actors. Furthermore, even if someone thought he was a scare actor, what difference would it make?
 
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Luke said:
However, if the clothing could confuse guests into thinking the wearer is part of the official Howl-O-Scream experience then we will not allow it in the park.”

So kilts=Halloween?

I don't understand why the park can't admit they made a mistake, it would make the whole situation a lot easier, and would make them look less like jerks.
 
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Wow, this is so sad. In the video, he seemed genuinely offended and disappointed in the park. While I am observing more and more of people attempting to be the victims of social injustices that don't exist, this guy was legitimately alienated because of his heritage, which is unacceptable. How in the world could any logical person deny someone wearing a kilt from the park because it is a costume that may confuse people into thinking he was an employee?

Busch should've just straight up admitted the were wrong, now they just look like illogical asshats.
 

Applesauce

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Yeah no... a kilt looks like a costume if this was 2009 with the highlands scare zone.

And since that doesn't exist anymore your argument is invalid, BG.

It's a kilt not a costume. And are they stopping all those goth kids from entering the park now? Since the DJ's dancer is a goth kid in face paint?
 

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Even if The Moors was still around, he looks nothing like any employee I've ever seen at the park. He is in a printed sweatshirt. Last I checked that's not BGW employee attire.

This is absolutely ludicrous and the fact that Kevin Crossett is actually defending the park's decision to the media is absolutely astonishing. At first I didn't care about this story- I figured this was yet another instance of someone in security overstepping their bounds and making a stupid call. The fact that the park is seriously standing by this is mind-numbing.

This is the park that is willing to go to such lengths as to make their Halloween event "politically correct" with the removal of all severed heads. You know what is just about as non-politically correct as you can get? Discrimination against someone for wearing traditional cultural dress.

Again, this story was a "whatever, shit happens" in my book before reading the park's response. That is certainly no longer the case.

If this incident doesn't highlight rogue incompetence in both the security and marketing departments, I don't know what would.
 
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We definitely saw people in the park that could have been mistaken for a cast member (if they weren't). Lots of goths. One kid had an overcoat and looked like fangs. It's probably hard to make people take makeup off. It's just easier to have a problem with they're clothing.
 

Zachary

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That just doesn't make sense strycker! You should only be able to mistake them for an employee if they're wearing a kilt! /sarcasm
 

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I probably wouldn't classify the guy's kilt in the same vein as religious garb, but that's just me. Yes I think the park went a little overboard in not letting him in and classifying it as a costume but its not exactly religious IMO.

- The guys name is Hex Nottingham. Am I the only one who can't get past the guy's badass name?
 
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I don't believe anyone said the kilt was religious garb. PK merely posed the question of how BGW security would treat someone in those clothes.
 
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