This pregnant woman says she was denied restaurant service for wearing a crop top

A woman who is pregnant with twins says she was denied service at a restaurant in Marysville, Wash., because her attire violated their health code. (Photo: <em>Charisha Raylee Gobin/Facebook)</em>
A woman who is pregnant with twins says she was denied service at a restaurant in Marysville, Wash., because her attire violated their health code. (Photo: Charisha Raylee Gobin/Facebook)

A heavily pregnant woman wearing a crop top says she was denied service at a restaurant in Marysville, Wash., because her attire violated their health code.

Charisha Raylee Gobin, who is pregnant with twins, posted about her experience in a (now deleted) Facebook post that quickly went viral. Gobin reportedly said she wanted to grab some food to go, but her mom and sister wanted to dine at a restaurant. Gobin obliged, but after she got to the restaurant, a waitress reportedly asked her to leave.

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

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<em>(Photo screenshot: Charisha Raylee Gobin/Facebook)</em>
(Photo screenshot: Charisha Raylee Gobin/Facebook)

The post resonated with hundreds of people, with many of them sharing words of encouragement.

“We should all wear the same crop top (men, women, children, skinny, overweight — all of us!) and stand in front of the Buzz Inn. Not go in, just stand there looking mad,” Sarah wrote, while Emily called Gobin her idol: “I absolutely adore you. You keep showing off that beautiful belly of yours momma.”

In a Facebook post, Buzz Inn apologized to Gobin for the misunderstanding and promised to cover with staff “how to not overly enforce a rule” that is intended to make all guests feel comfortable.

“The server in question has been with our company and a great employee for almost 20 years and was trying to use her best judgement and by no means was trying to be demeaning to the guest. Again our sincere apology for misunderstanding.”

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But the restaurant received its share of support, with many suggesting there was no need for them to apologize.

“You have nothing to apologize for,” wrote Charles. “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.”

“While at a restaurant I don’t want see anyone’s belly, man or woman, pregnant or not,” Kell commented. “Just put it away, you aren’t at home, you’re in public. As a grown up, one should know that you won’t always get your way or do whatever you wish. Best wishes for your babies.”

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