A 20-year-old college student says she was kicked out of a mall in Kentwood, Michigan, after a security guard told her that other mall-goers had complained about her outfit.
“As many of you know, it is NINETY degrees outside today in West Michigan. Aka, really hot. So, of course, I decided to dress for the weather: shorts and a tank top,” wrote Hannah Pewee in a now viral Facebook post. “But apparently, how I was dressed was too ‘slutty’ for the public, as I was kicked out of the Woodland Mall today. Yup. Apparently some anonymous person reported me to MALL SECURITY for inappropriate dress and I was kicked out. Never mind that within a one foot radius there were plenty of other girls dressed just like me, since it’s NINETY degrees outside.”
The incident, she admitted, was so embarrassing that she almost cried. By the time she returned home, “shaking” with anger over the humiliation that had been inflicted on her, she discovered that the mall’s clothing guidelines said nothing about the size or length of one’s garments. Adding to the absurdity, she said, the shorts she was wearing that day had actually been bought at a store in the same mall.
“They claimed their policy was that ‘everything needed to be covered,’” wrote Pewee. “This isn’t accurate, as when I got home and checked their website, their policy was only, ‘Appropriate attire, including shirts and shoes, is required.’ The offensive article of clothing appeared to be the shorts, which I had purchased at Forever 21 in the Woodland Mall last year. I found this ridiculous. Why should we shop at a store we can’t even wear the clothes of?”
According to a response posted by the organization to an angry commenter on the mall’s social media page, the Woodland Mall has apologized to Pewee for “enforcing a dress code that didn’t take into consideration current summer trends.”
Pewee has since updated her status, calling on the mall to at the least make their dress requirements explicit and publicly available before they humiliate other unsuspecting girls for violating their “secret dress code.”
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