In the U.S, every private establishment has the legal right to set its expectations when it comes to how its customers can behave and dress on their property.
Likewise, customers are equally free to voice their opinions and even organize boycotts.
These two rights have clashed over a dress code policy implemented by a Houston, Texas-based restaurant during the summer of 2021.
The family-friendly Turkey Leg Hut made national headlines after suddenly implementing one of the most stringent dress code policies ever created for a casual dining establishment.
A few things they prohibited were swimwear, clothing with tears and rips, baggy clothing, sagging pants, and cleavage.
Here’s the dress code in full.
After this announcement, some customers fully supported the new policy and expressed that support by posting comments.
“Thank you for enforcing a dress code! A lot of people these days are just not trained right. I’m glad you all are speaking up and teaching them.”
“What’s really sad is you have to tell grown people how to dress in public…they should have more pride in themselves and present themselves appropriately. Good for you Turkey Leg Hut for trying to change.”
However, others felt the restaurant needed to change the atmosphere to reflect the clientele it wanted to attract.
“Of course business owners have the right to change their dress code policy, but I will say, people dress according to where they’re going. I hope they change the atmosphere to match their expectations.”
“I went tonight and it was most def lounge vibes. Hookahs, good food, good music, good drank, but that menu ain’t family friendly cause it’s no kid menus and I’m sure in the h**l not gonna get my 4-year-old a 20-dollar turkey leg to mess over.”
The debate still seems to rage on as many continue arguing for and against the Turkey Leg Hut’s strict dress code. As for the restaurant, they released a statement expressing their determination to stand by the dress code.
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- “Why One Texas Restaurant Is Facing Backlash Over Its Dress Code Policy” Stories. Wimp.