Bar Slammed for Dress Code That People Say Are Targeting Minorities

A man in Rochester, New York decided to snap a picture of a local pub's dress code and post it online. He had no idea that he would be starting a firestorm. Since then, the pub's owners have been accused of racism. Some claim that the dress code is as good as saying 'no black people'.

Herbert Smith says he never meant to start an uproar. He was simply meeting a friend at Murphy's Law Irish Pub and waiting outside. When he read the strict weekend night dress code, he wasn't sure what to think about the lengthy list. He said it 'immediately struck a chord' with him. That's why he posted it on the internet.

“I post a lot of stuff on Facebook, so I thought a few of my friends would chime in,” he says. “But what happened next I was not expecting.”

The comments regarding the dress code quickly began to rack up. Smith realized he wasn't the only one who found the dress code unsettling, even though he couldn't quite put his finger on what was bothering him before.

One commenter summed it up: "Code for no black people."

“Racist. Hands-down," another commenter agreed.

The dress code reads, "NO flat, straight brim or baseball caps; NO hoodies; NO ripped jeans of any kind; NO bandanas or doo rags of any kind; NO BAGGY pants, jeans, shorts, or sweats; NO sleeveless shirts, tanks, or jerseys; NO white tees; NO camo; NO Timberland work boots of any kind."

The sign also notes that the 'dress code is strictly enforced Friday and Saturday after 8:00 pm'.

Some people argued that it's not racist for a bar to try and get their clientele to dress a little classy. “Not that hard can get a whole outfit that looks good at Macy’s for like $80,” wrote one person.

Another person who had personal experience with the establishment inisted that there is, in fact, a problem. The person said that the policy itself is not racist, but the way it is enforced is.

“My problem isn’t the dress code. It’s the fact that Murphy’s Law only enforces the dress code for people of color,” said the individual. "I tried to go there a few years back and they denied me entrance because of my outfit but there was a group of white people that had on similar outfits like the one I had on.”

Smith thinks that there is need for action because so many people feel something is wrong with the dress code. “The comments streamed in. People were very passionate about it on either side of the spectrum. To me, the act of posting that dress code, without any prompting, and seeing the response which ensued, warrants a change," he explained.

Murphy's Law Irish Pub's Facebook page addressed the controversy and defended their policy. "Our dress code policy was put into place 9 years ago. The dress code was adopted after reviewing what many other successful bars, clubs & restaurants from around the area and country had already put in place."


"We have been a big part of the East End and Rochester community for over 9 years and are looking forward to many more. Murphy’s Law and our employees welcome all patrons local and out of town through our doors," read a post.

Source: Yahoo
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