FAIRFIELD — A mother has sued Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo because she says security guards berated her 16-year-old and 14-year-old daughters for three hours in a closed room after falsely accusing one girl of shoplifting jewelery from a gift shop at the park.
Nancy Chan, spokeswoman for Six Flags, said park officials are unable to comment because the matter is in litigation.
Cynthia Solano of Fairfield said her daughters went with other volunteers from a Boys and Girls Club to the park in 2011, where the two girls entered a gift shop, browsed and left without a purchase. Another volunteer paid for a necklace and gave it to the 16-year-old girl, who was outside the shop, according to the lawsuit.
Two security guards accused the teen of stealing the necklace and though she denied doing so, they took the two sisters to a private holding office where the 16-year-old pleaded with staff to keep the door open, the suit states. The door remained closed and the 16-year-old called the volunteer who bought the necklace, according to the suit.
He gave proof of purchase to the security guards – who were laughing about the incident – but they claimed the bar codes didn’t match and continued to harass the girls, according to the suit. The guards repeatedly threatened to arrest the 16-year-old if she didn’t sign forms and allow her picture to be taken, the suit states. The head of park security arrived and further questioned the two girls for about an hour before allowing them to call their mother, according to the suit.
While waiting for her to arrive, the 14-year-old asked why they were being held but the head of security told the girl to keep her mouth shut, the lawsuit contends. When the mother arrived, she was forced to wait 45 minutes and sign forms before the park staff would take her back to see her children, according to the suit. The mother said holding her daughters without her consent or knowledge was unwarranted, the suit adds.
Park security released the girls, but didn’t return the jewelry and told the youths they were banned from any Six Flags park, according to the suit.
Fictitious names are used in the lawsuit for both girls to protect their privacy. The suit was filed last month in Solano County Superior Court over the July 29, 2011, incident at Six Flags.
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