35-year-old Charisha Gobin, currently pregnant with twins, was refused service by a privately owned business, located in Marysville, Washington
Along with her sister and mother, Charisha was ready to have some delicious steak at Buzz Inn Steakhouse. A waitress approached the seated group, asking her to either cover her stomach or leave the premises. The already mother of 4 has been carrying her buns in the oven for 7-and-a-half months.
It was revealed that the company policy refused service to customers with no shirts or shoes on. The employee apologized as she told the pregnant woman that they will not be served while she is wearing a crop top.
As the group went for dinner elsewhere, Charisha had her photo taken in front of the premises and decided to post this on Facebook, naming and shaming the company.
'I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit. I’m violating the health code. 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. I was wearing a shirt, it had sleeves. I didn’t even have any cleavage showing. It’s pretty ridiculous I was shamed in the first place and had to drive across town to eat. I was livid.'
- Charisha Raylee Gobin, Facebook
As a twin mother myself, I can assure you the pregnancy stage is definitely not easy, but what pregnancy is? The swollen feet, nausea, the mood swings, hormones everywhere, the heaviness that feels like you're gonna fall over... These are just some of the many symptoms that come with incubating tiny humans. Double the unpleasantness of those symptoms when you're carrying twins. It's almost cruel - but totally worth it in the end.
Shouldn't have they just let the lady have her steak?
Buzz Inn Steakhouse is not the first business to have a dress code policy. In fact, most restaurants have similar policies.
Rest assured, the company publicly apologized about the situation via Facebook. However, this didn't stop people from complaining about what happened. While something considered "appropriate" is subjective, some might say that if you simply don't want to see, then don't look. Others might say that public places are for everyone to share and people should be more considerate about what they decide to show.
The whole subject is debatable and everyone will certainly have different views about it.
We took to Facebook for the general public's comments on this circulating story. Many of the users seem supportive, saying that she should be able to express herself freely and find her pregnancy to be beautiful (she is growing multiple tiny humans after all, it's hard work, trust me!), while others believe she should have simply followed the business' dress code.
On one hand, she has the right to dress her body however she wants and should feel confident regardless of her big showing belly, that society should have more pride and embrace motherhood in all its shapes and forms.
On the other hand, many would say modesty and self-respect are just some of the many traits that society undervalues, and she's not getting that from anyone by choosing to dress in a crop top to a restaurant, whether or not she's pregnant.
If this situation had been an overweight male whose shirt was so tight that his bulging beer belly showed, would he too have been sent away?
Is this an issue of being a female, or being pregnant?
Or is it simply to do with common restaurant policies?
What do you think?
Pregnancy can make you feel and do crazy things. It could be because of the hormones or maybe it's because of the large 'thing' out in front of you, causing you to be uncomfortable 24/7. What ever the case, I hope it all ended well for both parties involved. This pregnant side-chick sent a wrong number text and hilarity ensued.