Expectant mother Charisha Gobin has accused a Washington steakhouse of refusing to serve her because her belly was showing.
The seven-months-pregnant Gobin wore a crop top that read “weirdo” across the chest to dinner at Buzz Inn Steakhouse in Marysville, Washington, with her family and was told that she needed to cover up in order to be served or leave.
The Daily Meal asked the Buzz Inn’s manager, Doris S. (who preferred not to give her last name), about the situation with Gobin and her outfit. Doris told us, “She was not denied food — she was asked to cover up.”
Gobin explained to CBS News that a Buzz Inn waitress stopped her and her family and said, “You can’t be in here in that shirt.” Shocked, Gobin and her family left.
The server later told KIRO7 that Gobin had violated the "no shoes, no shirt, no service" policy that follows health code regulations and that anyone wearing such a shirt would have been asked to cover up.
After the incident, Gobin posted a photo of her outfit to her Facebook page, writing: "I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit. I'm violating the health code."
Manager Doris insisted to The Daily Meal that the restaurant had not targeted Gobin. “We do not discriminate against anyone,” she said. Doris also maintained that the restaurant is receiving phone calls from around the country in support of the server’s decision.
Gobin says that she feels like she was body shamed for displaying her pregnant stomach in public. “It’s pretty ridiculous I was shamed in the first place and had to drive across town to eat,” she told KIRO7. She claims to have had no issue at the next restaurant she went to.
Buzz Inn Steakhouse sent KIRO7 a statement regarding the matter, 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. 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.”
Wearing a crop top to a restaurant is not nearly as bad as this crazy health code violation: A restaurant employee was fired after being caught peeling onions near a dumpster