What would you say to this customer?
It’s all subjective, but it’s pretty standard to believe that businesses have the right to dictate what their customers are allowed to wear while patronizing the business. Many high-end restaurants require jackets for men, others disallow tank tops, and most demand that shoes be worn. But this particular customer believes that her crop top was totally acceptable even though the restaurant said it wasn’t.
Charisha Gobin was in the mood for steak when she ventured out to the Buzz Inn Steakhouse in Maryville with her mom and sister, but she was turned away simply for the clothing she was wearing. The 35-year-old mother of four is currently seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins. Obviously, her baby bump is quite large.
Charisha was wearing a long skirt and a black t-shirt, but the shirt wasn’t covering her ample midriff. A waitress approached the group after they were seated to tell the mom-to-be that the restaurant has a “no shirt, no shoes, no service policy” that gives them the right to refuse service to anyone based on what they deem to be inappropriate dress. She was asked to cover her stomach or leave, being told by the waitress, “I’m sorry, you can’t be here in this shirt.”
Charisha decided to take her business elsewhere, but not before taking a photo of her outfit outside of the restaurant with the caption, “I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit. I’m violating the health code. Just because my belly was bigger and sticking out. But had it been anyone else, I don’t think there would’ve been any problem whatsoever. I was wearing a shirt, it had sleeves. I didn’t even have any cleavage showing. It’s pretty ridiculous I was shamed in the first place and had to drive across town to eat. I was livid.”