A pregnant woman, Charisha Gobin, says that she was recently refused service by the Buzz Inn restaurant in Marysville, Washington, because her baby bump was showing under her crop top.
Gobin, who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, recalled the incident to KIRO:
The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, “I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt.” I said, “Are you being serious with me right now?” And she said, “Yep, you can’t be here.”
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.
A server said that she told Gobin that the crop top was a health code violation.
Gobin added that she didn’t stay to hear an explanation from the server: “I was livid. There was no way I was going to stay there.”
A server said there was a “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy, and that anyone wearing a crop top had to cover up because of health regulations.
The server said Gobin’s crop top didn’t cover her enough to count as a shirt.
I was wearing a shirt, it had sleeves. I didn’t even have cleavage showing. It’s pretty ridiculous I was shamed in the first place and had to drive across town to eat.
Buzz Inn Washington corporate office issued a statement:
We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and will cover with all staff as to how to not overly enforce a rule that 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.