MEMPHIS, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) - The dress code implemented by a Memphis bar and restaurant is the subject of debate after one patron took to the Internet to criticize the establishment for what he described as “discriminating practices.”
The customer, local resident Garrett McQueen, made his displeasure with the rules at Bar Louie known by commenting on the consumer feedback website Yelp, WMC-TV is reporting.
Using the nickname “Garrett M.,” McQueen made clear his anger and frustration with policies that reportedly include banning clothing items such as “large white t-shirts” and “gold chains” from being worn on the premises.
“I was mortified,” he stated simply in his Yelp post. “In light of what is still being discussed concerning hoodies and Trayvon Martin, your [bans] … [are] some of the most horrible and discriminating practices I’ve seen in Midtown in my life.”
McQueen said the sign “clearly insinuates a ‘no thug’ regulation.”
“[I] never intended bad press on the restaurant, [and was] only hoping for a discussion,” McQueen told WMC-TV, adding that he worries the dress code may “exclude people or put out negative ideas about what [he] would consider black cultural clothing.”
He may get his wish for an open dialog. One day after the comment was posted publicly, Tony DeSalvo, who is one of Bar Louie’s owners, replied to McQueen’s complaint, requesting that he reach out to the bar by phone or via e-mail to discuss the matter further.