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Mother Of One Was Kicked Out The Store Because Of “Inappropriate Outfit”


“It is honestly discrimination” were the words of the Hampshire mother who was asked to leave the store because she was dressed “inappropriately”. 30-year-old Leanne Kennedy from Fareham visited The Range in Gosport on Tuesday while shopping for gardening equipment. While picking up the stuff, she was approached by a member of staff who told her to leave the store since what she was wearing was inappropriate.

“All of a sudden I was approached, not very discretely, and told, in front of other customers, that what I was wearing wasn’t appropriate, and that I had to put a top on or leave, I thought she was joking, I was wearing a normal summer outfit,” Leanne claims.

The mother who is married to husband James adds: “It must have been about 2pm, and the weather was 24C. I’d just gone in to buy some gardening supplies to spend the afternoon with my daughter in the garden.”


“When I tried to laugh it off, she said that if a man came in without a top on, they would say the same thing.”


“What’s the difference between my back showing and another person’s legs on display?” Leanne asks.

Then, she decided to lodge a formal complaint as she had been shocked by the apparent dress code. Then a Range costumer service representative, according to The Mirror said:”I can advise that we do not have a specific dress code in place that would prevent you from shopping with the photographed outfit. I apologise for any inconvenience caused on this occasion.”

Leanne is originally from Southampton, she has worked as a professional singer but now is mainly focused on her nine-month-old daughter Athena-Mae.

Leanne said: “I was humiliated, traumatised. It’s discrimination. I’m a person who takes care of my appearance, I’m fit and healthy. People were staring at me, I felt like I was being followed and had no choice but to put my things back and just leave the store. I don’t feel as though an apology is enough after what they’ve put me through. I don’t know what could fix this, but I wouldn’t wish this humiliation on anyone.”

This isn’t an isolated incident. An American woman shopping in Michigan’s Woodland Mall was faced with the exact same scenario. The 20-year-old Hannah Pewee was asked to leave by the security guard because another costumer was complaining about her outfit.

She was wearing a Finding Dory singlet and on a Facebook post she wrote: “As many of you know, it is NINETY degrees outside today in West Michigan – aka, really hot”.

“Apparently some anonymous person reported me to MALL SECURITY for inappropriate dress and I was kicked out.

“Never mind that within a one foot radius there were plenty of girls dressed just like me, since it’s NINETY degrees outside. I am so angry right now I’m shaking. I felt so embarrassed I almost cried. All because a stranger didn’t like how I dressed.”

Then the mall posted a statement on Facebook, saying: “We have apologized to Hannah and we apologize to our community.

“It is never our intention to shame or embarrass anyone.”

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