We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about civilians dressed in policeman’s clothing. Here are some of your answers…
“A news station in West Palm Beach, Fla. reported that on Aug. 24, a family was stopped by security while they were headed to the Blue Man Group show inside Universal Studios theme park. The reason? The father was wearing a navy blue T-shirt with the word ‘Police’ and ‘Street Crime Unit.’ The man is not a police officer, but his brother, a cop in NY, had given him the shirt as a gift. According to a statement from the park, ‘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.’ The family offered for security to follow them to a clothing store inside the park to purchase a new shirt, but were turned down and forced to leave.
So what do you think, BG? Should a seemingly non-threatening shirt mar someone’s family-fun-time at a theme park? Is Universal Studios in the right to limit guest confusion?”
“I think they man offered a reasonable solution and was dealing with a cranky security officer (s).” – Dave Barron
“If anything he would be mistaken and keep issues from arising by showing a police presence… i think its a lame excuse to kick someone out.” – Angie Martin
“There are rapists who pretend to be cops by putting lights on their car and pull over young women. I understand why the park had that rule, but the guy should have turned his shirt wrong side out or put tape on it or something, and that should have been good enough for him to stay!! No need to buy a new shirt, or get turned away or kicked out. The security officer is probably just a grouch because he couldn’t pass the police academy and doesn’t get to wear a ‘police’ shirt…” – Brittany Morris Dain
“I am against anyone wearing anything that would identify himself as a law enforcement officer. I do agree with Mr. Barron the person in question had a reasonable solution and dealing with a cranky officer.” – David-Kelly Carroll
“sounds like the rent a cop wanted to ruffle his feathers! just saying, what a rude reason to pick on a family man! I could go on about it but I better stop now …” – Ginger Hembree
“If just anyone was allowed to wear police clothing, how would children know who to go to for help? Especially in an environment where many children are. We all know that wherever children are, there are also child predators. The only people who should be allowed to wear the clothes of an officer should have the training and authority to do so. Kids should be able to feel safe when approaching a policeman of all people.” – Crystal Walton
We asked, you told. Keep an eye on the Bowling Green Times Facebook page for our “The Bowling Green Times wants to know…” questions. Your answers may be featured in the Your Scope column.
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