Wearing the navy blue of a police officer can come with its perks. But one man’s attempt to surprise his daughter with a trip to a popular show was derailed when security took exception to his display of support for those who protect and serve.
Christian Jarosz was taking his family to Universal Studios to surprise his daughter, Sabrina, with a trip to the Blue Man Group show for her 16th birthday, and was wearing a navy blue sweatshirt with “POLICE” and “Street Crime Unit” written on the back. Security then surrounded his family and told him he couldn’t wear a police shirt in the park. The sweatshirt was given to Jarosz by his brother, a police officer in New York.
When he went to park store to buy a new shirt, even more security surrounded the family and told them not to bother: They were being removed from the park anyway.
Jarosz recounted the officers saying, "'Don't bother. You guys are out of here.' We're like, 'What are you talking about?'”
“I was thinking, 'What is going on? I just want to see Blue Man Group with my friend. I'm just excited my family took me here,'" said Sabrina.
A spokesman for Universal Studios Orlando emailed the following statement:
"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. And while we don't discuss specific guest situations, I can tell you it is our practice to clearly explain policy decisions to our guests - and it is not our practice to ask guests to leave our theme parks simply because they ask us questions. I'd invite these guests to contact us if they'd like to have a conversation about what happened."
The Jarosz family did receive a refund for the tickets.