Lana Massey and her son were asked to leave the Texas Legoland due to Massey’s “offensive body art”. Massey took to posting the details of the incident on the Church of Body Modification forum and has since gone viral.
“My 8 year old son and I were kicked out of The Legoland Discovery Center at Grapevine Mills Mall, TX location due to unfair treatment and discrimination. We walked in, lined up, had our pictures taken and paid. (A little over $50.00 for both of us into Legoland and the adjoining aquarium) After 10 minutes of play time with my son, I was approached by Melanie, and was promptly escorted out of the main area while she proceeded to tell me that I was being asked to leave and offered a refund due to a customer complaint about my tattoos. My son overheard everything she was telling me and was instantly heart-broken due to his love of Legos and not understanding why my tattoos were cause for us to be ushered out of something so amazing in his eyes and I had unfortunately made the entire day a huge surprise. I was given no option but to either take my money back and leave, or just leave. My son and I attend MANY ‘family-friendly’ functions and parks and to be singled out and discriminated upon in front of my son and the other couple of dozen people standing around us was belittling and embarrassing. Not to mention that after the refund, we wanted the picture they had taken of us and Melanie had to again, escort us like martyrs back through the play area to the photo desk. She treated us like convicts, which I can only imagine in what ways this shattered my kid’s ideas of society as a whole. I have never been treated this way, and refuse to be looked down upon for the way I look. I am seeking legal advice, but stand here with open arms to suggestions and assistance to make a widely know, LOUD example out of this situation. My heart to the children of the complainer, may they not grow up to be judgmental little haters.”
The Dallas Observer then continued the story by getting in touch with a rep at Legoland for further explaination:
“A guest at Legoland Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth was asked to leave due to customer complaints received about a visible offensive tattoo located on her lower leg,” spokeswoman Kelle Jackson tells us by email. “As a family attraction geared to children three to 10 years old, our entrance policy guidelines allow our staff the absolute direction to refuse admission to guests wearing clothing or images on their person that are offensive in nature. The Duty Manager onsite acted in accordance to this policy, and offered the guest a refund or tickets to return another day with the graphic tattoo covered. Our offer to return to the attraction with complimentary tickets still stands with the understanding of our policy.”
The tattoo in question, which is pictured above, is definitely attention-grabbing. But Massey says the ink is original artwork from the 1940s.
“No more offensive than zombie Jesus or guns promoting violence,” she says. “Aside from any of that, there is nothing about tattoos in their policies, just inappropriate clothing. … I could see if it was like a gaping vag or something like that, but I don’t have anything like that.” (Her friend does, apparently.)
Besides, the folks at Legoland never even mentioned her Tinker Bell tat. “That’s not what they told me,” Massey says. “She didn’t specify any particular tattoo.” She also claims that Legoland’s employees never gave her the option of returning for free on a different day.
“The bottom line,” she says, “is me and my son do thousands of things, and I’ve never been asked to leave.”
What do you think about Legoland asking her and her son to leave?