At seven and a half months pregnant, it is getting pretty tough for Charisha Gobin to get around. And not only that but she needs to eat a lot more food than normal because the twins inside her require a bit extra. But when she got to a restaurant in North Sound, Washington she was quickly kicked out. Not because she did something offensive or broke a rule – only because her baby bump was showing. After Gobin was confronted by a server who claimed the restaurant had a “no shoes, no shirt, no service” rule that is in accordance with health code regulations, they couldn’t allow the pregnant woman to eat there wearing a crop top. In the very least, the restaurant could have asked Gobin to cover up, but she thinks they’re lying about something.
After making the trek out to Buzz Inn Steakhouse in Marysville, WA, Gobin wanted to sit down, rest her feet, and eat some food. She was with her family that Sunday night and wore a black crop top T-shirt and a long skirt. Yes, her baby bump was showing.
Gobin explains how the restaurant discriminated against her.
“The waitress/bartender stopped us and said, ‘I’m sorry, you can’t be here in that shirt.’ I said, ‘Are you being serious with me right now?’ And she said, ‘Yep, you can’t be here,’” Gobin said.
The pregnant mother has a boy and girl growing inside her. And she thinks she was targeted because her baby bump is big.
“Just because my belly was bigger and sticking out. But had it been anyone else, I don’t think there would’ve been any problem whatsoever,” she said.
After the restaurant kicked her out, she shared a Facebook of her in her outfit with the following caption:
“I was just denied service at the Buzz Inn on State Avenue in Marysville for my outfit. I’m violating the health code.”
When contacted, the server confirmed that Gobin was kicked out for the health code violation. But Gobin didn’t stick around to hear the explanation. She was pregnant and hungry.
“I was livid. There was no way I was going to stay there,” she said.
The server told KIRO 7 that Gobin wasn’t wearing enough for it to count as a shirt.
Gobin thinks a crop top counts.
“I was wearing a shirt, it had sleeves. I didn’t even have cleavage showing,” she said.
After getting kicked out of the restaurant for her exposed baby bump, Gobin feels like she was body shamed.
“It’s pretty ridiculous I was shamed in the first place and had to drive across town to eat,” she said.
Fortunately, Gobin and her family went to another restaurant where they happily served her.
Because Gobin made her issue public on Facebook, it went viral and countless people have shared their support with her. The public has condemned the restaurant’s action.
“I was very surprised by the response,” she said. “I think that says everybody pretty much agrees – I wasn’t out of bounds or out of line in any way.”
Gobin says she will never go back to the body shaming restaurant.
“Our bodies aren’t just toys, they’re for a purpose and I think it’s a beautiful purpose,” she said.
Buzz Inn Washington corporate sent KIRO 7 a statement via Twitter, saying:
“Statement: We sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding and will cover with all staff as to how to not overly enforce a rule that is intended to make all guests feel comfortable. Our apologies for the misunderstanding. 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 (sic) and by no means was trying to be demeaning to the guest again our sincere apology for misunderstanding.”
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