Oh, the Indignation!
Daphne and Velma got thrown
out of a theme park for doing nothing
more than wearing their own clothing!
I am not kidding, this is serious. DF and I
went to a theme park that featured Scooby-Doo, alongside the Nickolodeon
characters. (The park is owned by
Paramount, but previously, b/f the buyout, they had had a contract w/HB).
DF dressed as Daphne, complete with red wig, and I dressed as Velma,
with a sweater and a red skirt. We looked like the characters, and I
don't mean just in the clothing. WE had the faces and all.
Anyway, we entered the park and had our
picture taken with SpongeBob-- all the associates thought it was really
cute. Well no more than 10 minutes later, we were walking past the
character area, when one of the workers informed us that they weren't
sure if we would be able to take pictures w/the Nickolodeon characters
b/c we were dressed like the HB characters. I asked if it would be
possible to take the picture if we changed our clothes, and the
associate said 'yes.'
I took off the sweater and the phony glasses, but still had on my real
glasses, an orange T-shirt w/Velma on it (See above) and a red skirt. DF
changed into a white halter top w/blue pants, but kept the scarf and
wig. Well, when we approached Scooby Doo and asked for a picture, guess
what--we were told that we could not have a picture taken w/Scooby
because our appearance too closely resembled that of Daphne and Velma.
When I asked why, they refused to give an answer, saying only that
'there used to be a Daphne and a Velma here.' Then, the associates led
Scooby away and he hadn't been there for more than 5 minutes. What was
really bad was that we were not violating any park regulations, but the
associates were treating us as though we had violated the rules by
dressing as Daphne and Velma. It gets better. When I went on a ride, I
gave y glasses to DF to hold; she was wearing the Daphne costume. Well,
I am almost legally blind w/o my glasses and it was very dangerous for
me to walk up the steps to the ride. When DF came up the back to wait
for me, she told the associate "My friend cannot see w/o her
glasses, so I am waiting for her up here." The ride worker must
have thought it was a joke, because of the outfit, and would not let DF
into the waiting area,
until she showed the lady that they really were prescription glasses.
When I got back from the ride, they told me to go down the stairs and to
wait for DF--they held her behind the gate until the train had left the
boarding area, then they let her come down and give me my glasses. I
filed a complaint because (a) no one told us that what we were doing by
dressing as Daphne and Velma was wrong (there was nothing mentioned in
the rules of the park; I checked and so did the guy at Guest Services)
and (b) we were treated very rudely by the associates. Ok, so maybe DF
doesn't really have red hair, but
can I help it that I really look like Velma? Since when is that a crime?
We left the park because for whatever reason, security guards were
coming out of the walls; everywhere we turned, they were either behind
us or following us. Whether or not they were after us is not relevant,
but it was scary. I am never going back to that park ever again.
some of the mail we received on this story!