AVENEL, N.J. — A New Jersey father says he was turned away from Six Flags Great Adventure because of the shirt he was wearing.
The Iraq War veteran says he was told the shirt was inappropriate — but he bought it to support a veterans group.
Marine veteran Mario Alejandro says his shirt is patriotic.
The shirt features an M-16 in the colors of the American flag and the words, “Keep Calm and Return Fire.”
Staff at the amusement park told him it was inappropriate.
“I thought it was a joke. When the guy said, ‘You can’t come to this park people will find this offensive,’ I thought it was a joke,” Alejandro said.
Alejandro served two tours in Iraq. He says he bought the shirt to support the veterans group, reconfoundation.org.
“As soon as I showed him the back of my shirt he said, ‘I don’t care. Get out of here, get out of here,’” he said.
Alejandro says he was told to either buy a new shirt in the gift shop, or leave.
So the father of three angrily left the park, while his family went inside to attend a birthday party.
An amusement park spokeswoman says the park has a dress code that it enforces.
“We do not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent images or wording,” according to the park.