A Charlotte, North Carolina bar has gone viral after a customer accused the establishment of using a dress code policy to not allow Black patrons to enter. Novelty House was accused of discrimation after video shows the bar not allowing Black men inside due to a dress code policy. The video shows the group went to the location and were told they cannot wear shorts in the establishment. Once the men changed and came back to the bar, they were still told they can’t get in.
A Black woman customer recorded a video of the all-white customers who were allowed to enter the bar despite wearing causal clothes.
“Super disappointed this is happening in 2021,” journalist Tasha McCaskiel said on Instagram. “I have countless people in my DMs sharing the same experience. @noveltyhouse @havanasmokeandreserve you will be held accountable until you serve based on equality and not your own discriminative discretion.”
“Countless white men were allowed in looking very casual and once my friend went to change, they still denied him. What is your reason,” she went on to say.
McCaskiel said she went to the bar on Friday with her male friend who was wearing shorts and he was denied entry even after he changed into an outfit that other white patrons wear also wearing. After her friends changed into jeans, and was denied entry. In an now-viral TikTok video, McCaskiel also notes the bar has only White servers and all of the customers were noticeably all White.
“We’ve been open for less than a week and there’s definitely been some confusion about our dress code, so we have posted some guidelines on our website to help customers better understand our expectations,” said managing partner Ian Jones.
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