Woman kicked out of Golden Corral for dressing provocatively

Woman kicked out of Golden Corral for dressing provocatively


Woman kicked out of Golden Corral for dressing provocatively A woman says she was recently kicked out of a Golden Corral restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania, because of her outfit and appearance. Sueretta Emke, 25, said she hopes that by sharing her now viral story, “even one person will change the way that they view and treat other people.” Emke, who lives in Dunkirk, New York, said on May 26 she drove an hour to the restaurant in Erie, which features an all you can eat buffet, with her husband, Andrew, and their young son, Aiden, to celebrate the boys birthday with friends. When she went to get some food, Emke, who was wearing a new crop top and denim shorts, said she was approached by a manager who told her she was dressed “too provocatively” and that a customer had complained about her appearance. The manager said she either needed to change or leave, according to Emke. “I explained that we drove an hour there,” she wrote on Facebook. “I didnt just have clothes I could change into but he didnt care.” Emke told NBC News in a phone interview Thursday that when she asked the manager if the restaurant had a dress code, he said no, “but its a family restaurant so if someone complains, we step in.” She then asked: “So what if I am in there and if I have a problem with someones religious attire, would you make them leave?” The manager allegedly had no response. Emke left and said when she later complained to the restaurants franchise owner, he defended the decision. Golden Corral did not return NBC News request for comment. Emke said that she saw other customers at the restaurant in more revealing clothing and believes she was discriminated against because of her size. “I really do believe something was said to me because Im not thin so its not considered sexy,” she wrote. After the incident, Emke said she consulted a lawyer to explore her legal options and he advised her to share her experience on social media. “People are going to have their own opinions and theyre entitled to their opinions, but youre not entitled to share your opinions to hurt someone else,” Emke said. “And what upset me the most is that another customers experience was more important than my familys experience.” Emke received a letter and gift cards from Golden Corral on Thursday. In the letter, a copy of which was provided to NBC News, the company apologized “for the treatment she received.” Please be assured that the Franchise and I are looking into your concerns and taking whatever corrective action is appropriate, the letter said. Emke said one of the worst parts of the experience is she had never owned a crop top before. She was nervous, but felt confident enough to wear one with her husbands encouragement. “I really felt cute in it and now I never wanna wear that shirt again, even though it was the first time I ever wore it and I felt good about myself in it,” she said.

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