Facebook via KIRO 7
"No shirt, no shoes, no service" is a common refrain around local businesses, but one Seattle area mom says she was refused service because of her baby bump.
Charisha Gobin, who is nearly eight months pregnant with twins, took to Facebook this weekend to share her experience after a server at a local restaurant told her she couldn’t eat at the steakhouse in the outfit she was wearing. (This post has since been removed from public view.)
“I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit,” Gobin shared in her post, along with picture of her outfit, a long skirt and a black crop top. “I'm violating the health code.”
When Gobin arrived at Buzz Inn with her sister and mother, she was immediately confronted by a server who told her that crop tops violate health codes so she wouldn’t be able to dine at their establishment. Although the server confirmed that she believed that Gobin’s outfit was a health code violation, Gobin feels certain she was turned away because of the size of her belly.
“Just because my belly was bigger and sticking out,” she said in an interview with KIRO 7. “But had it been anyone else, I don't think there would've been any problem whatsoever.”
In the comments of her Facebook post, she also pointed out that if women are allowed to wear short shorts or low-cut shirts, a pregnant woman showing her belly shouldn’t be a problem. After the incident, she drove across town to eat at another restaurant and had no problem being seated for her meal.
Although ParentMap reached out to both Buzz Inn and Gobin for comment, neither have responded. Buzz Inn did issue a public statement on social media, however.