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N.C. County Pool’s Ban On Baggy Pants, Locs And Extensions Causes Outrage

A Wake County, North Carolina, pool owner is so furious over claims his rules are racist that he’s preparing to take legal action.

John Freeman owns The Outdoor Recreation Center of Wendell with his wife, Teresa. He told ABC 11 it was his spouse who posted the since-deleted rules on the Facebook page.

Among the rules was one that disallowed hair and clothing styles that are typically worn by Black people.

“No baggy pants, no dread-locks/weaves/extensions or revealing clothes will be permitted or you will be asked to leave,” stated the rule for the pool, which patrons pay a one-time $100 registration for and then pay $6 each time they visit to swim in, according to the ORC of Wendell Facebook page.

Despite the pool rules photo being deleted, screenshots of the list have made the rounds online.

When the rules were initially shared to Facebook on the recreation center’s account over the weekend, accusations of racism poured in from the community.

“How do yall plan to swim in them hooded robes?”

An apology post, which has also been deleted, said in part, “Due to ignorance of the meaning of the word dread-locks, ORC rules should have stated NO artificial hair. ORC apologizes for anyone we have offended.”

Freeman said he’s planning to lawyer up over the claims he and his wife are racist.

“If they call me racist, they can put it in writing and we will deal with it at the courthouse,” he said of those publicly accusing the couple of being bigots.

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