A pregnant mother has accused a restaurant of not serving her because her belly was showing.
Charisha Gobin, who is expecting twins, told Washington local news station KIRO that on Sunday she wore a black crop top with the word “weirdo” across the front with a long white skirt to Buzz Inn Steakhouse in Marysville.
Gobin said that after she was seated, a waitress pulled her up and recited the restaurant’s dress code. “The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt’,” she explained. “I said, ‘Are you being serious with me right now?’ And she said, ‘Yep, you can’t be here’.”
The waitress said the restaurant has a “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy, and that anyone in a crop top — pregnant or not — would have been asked to cover up.
Gobin, who is seven and a half months pregnant with a boy and a girl, noted that she was following the rules and wearing a shirt with sleeves. “I didn’t even have cleavage showing,” she said. She also said she felt body-shamed because her “belly was bigger and sticking out.”
Gobin posted a photo of herself in her “offending” attire outside the restaurant on Facebook. Many people have supported her and slammed the restaurant. “This is awful, I cannot believe they turned you away,” one user commented. “Denying a pregnant woman period is a violation,” another said.
Gobin said she was “livid” and wasn’t going to stick around for an explanation.
In a statement, the restaurant apologised and said it would educate its staff on how not to “overly enforce” the rule, which it said is “intended to make all guests feel comfortable.”
“Our apologies for the misunderstanding. The server in question has been with our company and a great employee for almost 20 years and was trying to use her best judgement [sic] and by no means was trying to be demeaning to the guest again our sincere apology for misunderstanding,” the statement reads.
However, Gobin says the restaurant has lost a customer.
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