Expectant mother Charisha Gobin got a craving for some protein and decided to head to the Buzz Inn Steakhouse for some of their Angus beef. Infuriatingly, she was denied service simply based on what she was wearing.
Because Charisha is seven-and-a-half months pregnant with twins, she has quite the baby bump. Finding maternity-wear that can keep up with her ever-changing pregnant belly is a challenge. Gobin decided to wear a crop top, with an edgy, fun slogan, which read “Weirdo.” Her lower belly stuck out, similar to any crop top.
When she got to the Marysville Buzz Inn location, she was excited to eat. However, a staff member told her, “I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt.” The employee explained that it was a violation of the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” health code policy.
Begrudgingly, Charisha left the restaurant feeling “livid” and feeling that she’d been singled out. “Had it been anyone else, I don’t think there would have been any problem whatsoever,” she said.
It didn’t end there. She took her grievances to social media, letting her followers know that she’d been denied service, and the post got a lot of attention.
The Buzz Inn Facebook responded apologetically, saying, “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.” The post went on to explain that the worker was a veteran, saying “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 … our sincere apology for misunderstanding.”
There is a divide on whether the staff member would have turned away a non-pregnant, younger woman away wearing the identical shirt. The worker alleges she would have, while Gobin and others are not so sure.