Restaurant's Strict Dress Code List Causes Uproar
A seafood restaurant has been forced to revise its dress code after it was accused of discrimination.
The Choptank in Baltimore attached a piece of paper to its front gates earlier this week, listing a dozen clothing items that are "strictly prohibited".
Excessively baggy clothing and "offensive, vulgar or inappropriate" attire topped the list followed by athletic attire, brimless headgear, sunglasses after dark, anyone under 21 after 10 pm and backpacks.
"Management may enforce these policies within its discretion," the note continued.
It took just hours for the restaurant to be ripped to shreds online, many accusing the venue of discrimination.
"Y'all coulda saved yourselves some time and just posted a 'No Black People' sign," one user wrote.
"I really like the note about 'rules enforced at management discretion' it’s a fun no way to say 'of course we don’t care what white people do'," said another.
While a third labelled it "racist as hell".
this is racist as hell and I will never enter your restaurant & will actively warn others away from it, have a great day— Mr. Party Bones (@Sedna_51) September 16, 2019
Others criticised the way The Choptank responded to queries, accusing the restaurant of 'blocking' them.
You’ve blocked people for inquiring about this.If you were just trying to follow neighborhood standards, why block people asking?
Maybe acting in a way that looks like you’ve got other motives, intentions, and cares isn’t the best bet.
Restaurants close down for less lol
— Josh (@bigbluemachine) September 16, 2019
The company initially deflected the accusations, claiming it was simply implementing "the dress code standard that is used by several other properties in the area".
But it has since updated the sign, replacing the words "strictly prohibited" with "house rules," canning the line about "using discretion" and editing some of the other language, according to Baltimore Business Journal.
"We heard the concerns and reviewed it and made some changes," Atlas Restaurant Group spokesman Joe Sweeney told the publication. "For us, discrimination is not something that we ever want to be part of at all. We want everyone to come here."
"We're trying to keep an upscale atmosphere for our guests and we want to give them the best possible experience," CEO Alex Smith said. "We're going to enforce it for everybody — it doesn't matter what race, ethnicity or creed