Mum humiliated as she’s ‘shamed’ at restaurant over ‘inappropriate’ crop top

A mum has been left humiliated for being kicked out of a pizza restaurant as her crop top was "inappropriate".

Emma Prince, 34, was left raging when the situation happened on the hottest evening of the year.

The mum, who was with her young daughter, said the woman manager confronted her and claimed she wasn't welcome inside.

She told her the white ASOS crop top she was wearing was a bra which wasn't "appropriate" for the restaurant.

But Emma said it was definitely a crop top which she wore during the boiling 30-degree heatwave last Friday.

The parent said she was forced back to her car to put on a shirt which is when she was allowed into the beer garden in Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

She and her two-year-old daughter Penelope ordered food but waited more than an hour.

Speaking about the humiliation in front of other diners at the Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery, Emma said her outfit was appropriate.

Emma said: "The female manager said I couldn't come in because I was wearing just a bra.

"I explained to her it was a crop top, not underwear and it was 30 degrees outside.

"She told me 'this is a restaurant and it's our policy' so I asked to see the policy and dress code where it says no crop tops.

"She didn't show me anything but she just kept looking me up and down and saying, in a very patronising way, 'that is not a top'."

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Emma, who owns The Vanity House beauty salon in Bletchley, had a friend with her who was also wearing a crop top.

She added: "The manager said that was okay because it had thick straps. Mine had thin straps.

"However, it was still a crop top, purchased from the clothing section rather than the underwear section!"

Emma had a shirt in her car and was made to put that on, despite the heat, to walk through the restaurant to the garden.

Once in the garden, the mum was told she had to keep her shirt on.

She ordered food for herself and her daughter, who was hungry after being picked up from nursery.

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The mum said: "There were men in the garden with their shirts off.

"I couldn't understand why I was being discriminated against for wearing a top that showed my stomach. It didn't seem fair at all.

"People were coming up to me and sympathising, saying how harsh the manager had been.

"I was boiling hot in my shirt but I was afraid if I took it off and sat in my top I would be kicked out.

"I did not want the confrontation in front of my daughter."

Emma and her friend ordered food at 6:20pm, but by 7:30pm it still hadn't arrived.

She explained: "People all around me were getting their food but ours did not come.

"My friend had hers and her son's food brought out but my daughter was getting increasingly hungry and upset.

"In the end I gave up and had to take her to McDonald's instead."

Afterwards Emma questioned the Stonehouse restaurant anonymously in its Instagram page, asking for details of its dress code.

The reply came saying: "The dress code is to wear whatever you're comfortable in."

She said: "I am beyond annoyed and disgusted the attitude of the manager and the service I was given."

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Emma continued: "She discriminated against me and my attire.

"I want to speak out on behalf of other women as I believe we have the right to wear a piece of clothing without being judged.

"Obviously if I was going to a smart restaurant, I wouldn't wear a crop top. But this was a pub with a beer garden on a sunny day!"

Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery is owned by Mitchells & Butler.

A spokesman said: "Any decisions on dress code are down to the discretion of the restaurant's manager.

"We would like to apologise for the delay experienced with our service.

"Due to the weather, we had an incredibly busy day and our team was a lot busier than usual."

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