Posted in the Rochester Forum
#1 Jun 18, 2007
An issue has occurred on the unacceptable prejudice that Main Street Billiards has displayed this past weekend to an overweight individual which is Jesse a-k-a Too Big, who is a friend of mine.
He went to Main Street Billiards in Rochester on Saturday night to meet up with some friends. He is overweight and currently working on losing it. As he was walking in the door the bouncer stopped him and said “they’re not gonna let you in there like that.” He asked,“like what?” He said “Your shirt is too big?” Jesse said “excuse me, are you serious?” He'd been in there a few other times with no problem what so ever. He then said “what do you mean my shirt is too big? I’m a big boy what do you suggest I wear?” He said “I don’t know what to tell ya”. My friend asked to speak to his manager and he said “Man, I’m only doing what they tell me our dress code rules just changed this week”. So you mean to tell me that their dress code is a big guy can’t wear a big shirt? Right after talking with the manager a guy wearing nothing different then what Jesse was wearing was able to walk right in and the bouncer gave him a bro hand shake pounding chests like they were best friends. Jesse opened the door and said “what’s the difference with what he is wearing” and they said “it’s a button down shirt”,“Bull this is discrimination” Jesse said. They said,“Call it what you want your not coming in here.”
Jesse was singled out. They sat there and watched others just go right in with no problems. We're asking for people to do Jesse a favor please call and ask for the owner Steve or e-mail him([email protected] t.net) and let him know there were in the wrong. Knock Out Radio, www.knockoutradio.net will be doing tonight on the show. But if more and more people let them know then it will make a difference. I would hate for the next big guy to go there and not get in because he can’t fit into a muscle shirt.
All their dress codes state on their site is “dress to impress”, nothing is posted about big shirts or over-sized shorts. How can you tell a big boy like Jesse that his shirt and shorts are over-sized?
If you'd like to read more about Jesse, he has a blog at www.toobig.net
No one deserves to be hated or discriminated against because of how they look. Weight-based discrimination is not tolerated in Michigan . Main Street Billiards have treated a guest wrongly and action will be taken on this matter. I look down at establishment for this and I will spread the word very far. This will not be tolerated.
Michigan is currently the only state with an anti-size discrimination law on its books.
Advocates continue to seek protections for those who experience weight-based discrimination and the laws are getting thicker for people of this sort. This gives people the legal basis to fight discrimination they face every day with people like this.
I am anxious to see what happens to the establishment. It is not okay to conform to our culture's limited standards of attractiveness. Who is anyone to judge on how another human being should look?
I really hope that people like this learn to have compassion for others. It's ashame that people like this exist in this world. They should educate their selves and their employees on how to treat people fairly. If that can't be accomplished, maybe they should close the doors of the establishment for good. Their disrespect, discrimination, and prejudice will not be accepted.
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