Last week, Charisha Gobin walked into the Buzz Inn, a restaurant in Marysville, Washington wearing a black crop top and long skirt.
Gobin, who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, was expecting service when she was told by a restaurant worker she had to leave because her outfit didn’t follow its “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy.
She posted a picture on Facebook of her in her outfit, writing, “I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit. I’m violating the health code.” The Facebook post, which has since been deleted, racked up hundreds of shares.
“The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt,’ ” Gobin told news station Kiro 7. “I said, ‘Are you being serious with me right now?’ And she said, ‘Yep, you can’t be here.'”
If it weren’t for her pregnant stomach, Gobin thinks her crop top would have been a nonissue. “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,” she told Kiro7, adding, “I was wearing a shirt, it had sleeves. I didn’t even have cleavage showing.”
The restaurant has since issued an apology on Facebook, saying it will retrain staff to “not overly enforce a rule that is intended to make all guests feel comfortable.” Here’s the full post: