Woman Kicked Out Of Houma Seafood Store, Berated After Tank Top Deemed ‘Inappropriate’
A Houma woman is offended and upset after she was kicked out of a local seafood store and berated for wearing a tank top.
Cookie Pierre and her daughter, Sunny, were at the Sea-Go seafood store on Grand Calliou Rd. in Houma when Sunny Pierre says her mother was "kicked out of the store and cursed out" because of her outfit.
As you can see in the photo above (taken after they were kicked out) Sunny's mother was wearing a normal tank top and long black pants—far from anything that could be deemed "inappropriate."
Her daughter Sunny (listen to interview above) says they were so shocked that she decided to take a photo of her mother in front of the store to let people know what happened to them, when the store owner came out screaming and flipping his middle finger at the women while allegedly calling them offensive names.
Once she posted the photo to Facebook, Sunny quickly realized that many others have had similar experiences at the Sea-Go seafood store. There are even similar experiences documented on Yelp, with customers unhappy about the way they were treated because of their attire.
As Pierre's photo went viral, many others shared their stories of bad customer service at the Houma seafood market, and the alleged questionable treatment wasn't limited to their attire.
Back in 2011, WWL-TV did a story on customers who were upset about the way they were treated in the store, and how the store owners were sticking to their guns—no matter who they offended with their dress code.
Arthur and Linda Eschete aren't fazed in the slightest about customers who feel offended, discriminated against, or upset with being yelled at in their store. Their rules—clearly printed on a sign outside of the store—are their "principles" and "beliefs,"
I appreciate my good customers and if people don't feel they can adhere to my dress code there are other places to go. It is nothing personal
Some have argued the sign violates Louisiana law—which states that it is discriminatory to,
deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation ... on the grounds of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin
Without getting into the detail of the law, many feel the sign being gender-specific is enough to make it discriminatory. Pierre even noted in a Facebook post that while her mother was kicked out for her tank top, a male customer wearing a tank top was allowed to remain in the store and complete his purchase with no issue.
Still, Eschete insists there is no intent to discriminate, saying "this is not a woman thing." His rules are not based on religion, but rather a time many years ago when teens showed up at his store wearing swimsuits and drinking. The tipping point for the store owner was when an employee was accused of "ogling" a female customer that Eschete described as scantily clad.
He also acknowledges that he isn't the nicest person when it comes to the way he treats his customers.
Believe me, my wife has got more patience with people than I do. I can be very rude, I will say it
Pierre says she isn't looking for money or any type of lawsuit, but wants people to know what happened to her mother was wrong and would like to see something done about it.
Have you or someone you know had a similar experience at this Houma seafood store? Do you believe their rules are unfair or out of line?
If so, share this story and sound off in the comments.