Pregnant Woman Says She Was Denied Restaurant Service for What She Wore

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
September 7, 2017 Updated: September 7, 2017

A woman who is pregnant with twins claimed that she was denied service for wearing a “weirdo” crop-top, which showed her belly.

Charisha Gobin posted her experience after she visited a steakhouse in Marysville, Washington, on Sunday.

“I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit,” she wrote on Facebook. “I’m violating the health code.”

The restaurant, she said, had a “no shoes, no shirt, no service” policy.

“The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt.'” Gobin added to Washington news station KIRO. “I said, ‘Are you being serious with me right now?’ And she said, ‘Yep, you can’t be here.'”

Gobin is seven-and-a-half months pregnant, expecting a girl and a boy.

“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,” she said.

“After the server told her she couldn’t be served, Gobin “was livid. There was no way I was going to stay there.”

The Buzz Inn Steakhouse issued a statement on Facebook, saying they “sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding.”

The server worked at the restaurant for 20 years and she tried “to use her best judgment,” the statement read.

One commenter agrees, saying, “You have nothing to apologize for. This wasn’t “body shaming”. It’s not ok to go to a restaurant and not have a shirt covering your chest and stomach. Doesn’t matter if one is pregnant or not.”

Others are siding with the pregnant mom, saying, “I work at Applebee’s and it’s extremely corporate and we would never deny service to a pregnant woman only showing her stomach.”

Gobin said that she didn’t have any problems at the next restaurant.

“I was very surprised by the response,” she said of the reaction she got online after posting on social media. “I think that says everybody pretty much agrees — I wasn’t out of bounds or out of line in any way.” Her Facebook post has since become unavailable.