Man booted from Universal Orlando for wearing police shirt

Posted Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Jupiter dad says his family was kicked out of Universal Studios in Orlando over the weekend. Christian Jarosz wore a shirt that clearly said the word police in big letters on the back of it. He is not a police officer and says his brother, who is a New York cop, gave him the shirt. Universal says it does not permit people to wear shirts identifying them as law enforcement.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:07 AM

These stories always seem to be missing the part where the poor victim was acting like a douchebag.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:09 AM

Man, now they're discriminating based on people's musical tastes?

Maybe he said "Don't stand so close to me" to the wrong person?

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:11 AM

T-Shirts in the material world?

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:11 AM

Back in 2003, I bought a black T-shirt on Bourbon Street in New Orleans that said:

"POLICE

Lay flat on your back and spread em."

A day later I was at Six Flags over Georgia and they wouldn't let me wear it into the park. I figured they would say it's offensive. But, I asked why anyway. They said they didn't want people mistaking me for a police officer. I did my best to keep from laughing at their answer. I went to my car, changed and came back. No harm, no foul.

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:12 AM
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:49 AM

Yeah, I'm sure it went down exactly like it says in the article. He wore a shirt and then was just straight kicked out, threatened to be arrested, kids crying, wouldn't let him buy another shirt.

No way. There's about 10 steps of asshole behavior that had to come in between.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:58 AM

I really wish I could find the sketch, but this reminds me of the Kids in the Hall where Bruce McCullouch recounts the tribulations of being a "Female Body Inspector".

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:28 AM

These stories almost always end up just being a guest acting like a butthead. And I end up siding with the park. So when I started reading I was waiting for the part where the guy is a douchebag. But there was no sign he was violent and mouthy. He offered to buy a replacement shirt. Seems kind of non-douchebaggy to me.

Are we missing something or is this really over zealous security? The park's statement after the fact seems to support the latter.

PS: In my old high school we could simply turn our offensive t-shirts inside-out.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:39 AM

I'm sure the kids weren't crying about possibly missing the show. I'm sure seeing Dad screaming and yelling did the trick.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 11:54 AM

The idea that more security personnel just showed up doesn't really make sense to me. And as the esteemed philosopher Judge Judy likes to say, if something doesn't make sense it isn't true.

Between that and the park's statement noting they would not ask someone to leave because they were asking questions leads me to think the parents aren't being completely accurate in their telling of the events.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:46 PM

janfrederick said:

I'm sure seeing Dad screaming and yelling did the trick.

Where in the story did it say the dad was screaming and yelling? Did I miss that? I'm seriously trying to understand what happened.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:54 PM

^It didn't and that's why the article is incomplete.

Security guards aren't going to throw you out of a theme park because of your shirt. Security guards will throw you out of a theme park if you piss them off though.

Last edited by bjames, Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:54 PM
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:59 PM

Some may say, your pushing my T-Shirt away, Ok, you better not stay ... Quite steps are what you take .. walkin in Orlando!! .. lol

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:05 PM

I know I'm un-hip, but...Huh?

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:05 PM

Altered Walking on the Moon lyrics by The Police.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:09 PM

Thanks. I was a big Police fan, but never knew the lyrics to the song..and it's been ages since I heard it. My hearing loss makes it difficult to decipher lyrics anyway...When I used to buy records/tapes, a lyric sheet always scored a point with me, even if the music sucked.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 1:13 PM

The story is based entirely on his account, so of course he's going to smell like sunshine. The park isn't going to say, "That guy? Yeah, he was a total dick."

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 2:02 PM

I agree with Jeff. Alot seems to have been left out here. Kind of reminds me of the stories you hear about people being kicked off planes. Same sob story and all but most of the time the person or group being removed is being an ass and causing a scene. I'm sure the park asked him to change shirts and he got an attitude saying my brother is a cop blah blah blah and gave me this shirt and you're just a rent a cop or something. Hopefully the truth comes out soon.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 2:14 PM

Would it be "newsy" enough if the article said that the man was behaving inappropriately and was evicted for just cause....probably not.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013 3:09 PM

And therein lies one of the main problems with journalism today: leaving out facts/pertinent info and fostering a bias that puts at least one party in a negative light--deservedly or not--all to get more hits, readers, viewers, etc. Sensationalist BS. Sick of it.

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