Charles Craddock of Cleveland, Ohio, is studying mechanics at a local community college, so he needs a steady job to help pay his tuition, ABC News reports.
So it was a godsend when the 20-year-old landed a job recently as a food service associate at Cedar Point amusement park, which describes itself as the “roller coaster capital of the world,” in Sandusky, Ohio, the report says.
One prerequisite, though, he says: He was instructed to cut his shoulder-length dreadlocks or lose his new job, which he obtained to help pay tuition at Cuyahoga Community College, ABC reports.
The news came after Craddock completed orientation and moved into dorms at the amusement park, he tells ABC News.
The amusement park, however, contradicted his claims, saying he was told about the dress code. A park spokeswoman tells ABC that the standard for male workers is that their hair can’t be longer than their collars. Also banned are ponytails and “extreme hairstyles.”
And “any twisted hair has to meet the other requirements,” the spokeswoman says.