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A woman has taken to TikTok to call out a popular U.K. pub chain for their alleged "sexism."
In a clip that has been viewed more than 471,000 times, Mollie Wood said she was asked to leave a JD Wetherspoon location for wearing an "inappropriate top." The video, which has since been made private, showed Wood dressed in a black halter top and high-waisted skirt shortly after the incident occurred.
"Basically, we got denied entry at Wetherspoon, but we got allowed in — we checked in," Wood began.
According to Wood, even though she was allowed into the pub, she was stopped by a male manger and told that she was unable to be seated due to what he called an "inappropriate" outfit.
"Why are cleavage and boobs inappropriate? These are made for children," Wood went on in her video. "Why are boobs so over-sexualized to the point that we're allowed in with these on Tuesday, but in 26-degree heat we are not allowed in...I'm so infuriated by this..."
Wood captioned the video "Back of Beyond Wetherspoons you sexist f—king pigs."
In an interview with Cosmopolitan, Wood said she was "in disbelief" that the manager wouldn't allow her to stay at the pub. Wood said the manager allegedly compared her outfit to "shirtless men who'd been watching the football."
"I was extremely humiliated and embarrassed that my body had been over-sexualized to the point of being compared to a naked man," she told the magazine. "I left the pub in pure shock and close to tears. Once I'd realized the severity and blatant sexism of his comments, my friend and I returned to file a formal complaint against the management, citing the misconduct we'd experienced."
Wood's video struck a chord with viewers and sparked a debate on what should and should not be considered appropriate to wear to a pub.
"You've dressed weather-appropriate. I don't see the problem," one person commented, while another added, "This made me so angry because I guarantee a girl with an A-cup would not be treated the same, and it's not right."
"Comparable to men taking their tops off? But your top is on," someone else wrote.
Another user pointed out that topless male patrons are served at Wetherspoons regularly. "Men literally do sit topless in Spoons," they wrote. "It's hardly the Ritz."
"Internalized misogyny," added another. "You should have asked to see a written copy of the dress code."
Other users, however, agreed with the bar's decision to deny Wood entry.
"Could you not have just worn a T-shirt?," one person asked, adding, "They did the right thing."
"You are inappropriate and in a place where people eat. It's not nice," another chimed in.
Wetherspoons' website does contain a dress code which requires customers remain "fully clothed throughout their visit."
"In addition, some pubs do operate a specific dress code at all or certain times," reads the dress code."For information on these requirements, please speak directly to the team of the pub you wish to visit.”
A representative also recounted Wood's visit to the restaurant and gave their side of the story in a statement to The Independent.
“Two female customers visited the Back of Beyond pub in Reading on Sunday evening at approximately 7.40 pm," they said.“Shortly after entering, the customers were politely asked to leave the pub as, on consideration by the pub’s management team, their dress was not, in this particular case, in accordance with the company’s guidance to pubs on appropriate customer dress."
A restaurant spokesperson said the pub supports the decision made by the on-staff manager.
“What may be considered appropriate dress is invariably a matter of individual judgment and whilst no offense was intended to the two customers by the request to leave the pub, we support the approach of the pub’s management team in this instance.”