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Woman thrown out of garden shop for wearing a backless top (photo)




A woman, Leanne Kennedy, was thrown out of a garden centre after staff accused her of dressing "inappropriately".  wearing a backless top was ordered to leave a garden centre after staff accused her of dressing "inappropriately".

Kennedy who wore a backless top to The Range, in Gosport, Hants, to buy some outdoors equipment says she was left "traumatised" by the encounter.

The 30-year-old mother of one, was approached by a member of staff and told to leave the premises or cover up if she wanted to continue shopping.



She said:

 "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.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.
"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.
After returning home, Kennedy decided to protest the inhumane treatment meted out on her. She lodged a complaint with the shop.

She was then given an insincere  apology for her experience. 

They 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 maintained the apology wasn't sufficient to make up for her embarrassment, adding:
 "I was humiliated, traumatised. It's discrimination.
"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."

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