A night club in Australia has barred plus size fat women from entering its premise. However, it did not stop men of similar size to enter. Because of this policy, more than 20 women were reported to plan to give statements to police claiming they suffered discrimination. Source
One of the women said when she insisted to speak to the manager, the manager came out and told her that the club has received many complaints about fat people at the club. He told the women to lose some weight before coming back again. Then, he walked off and told the bouncers to get those fat women away. Ironically, the manager himself was fat.
After the news appeared in the media, the manager has no choice but to drop the ban.
Just like The Day Will Come When Airlines Are Charging More on Overweight Passenger, I will try to be objective and look at this incident from 2 perspectives:
- Regardless of size, sex or color, a paying customer is a paying customer. Moreover, night club does not charge cheap for cover charge and the drinks are normally overpriced. So, the manager should be happy when someone wants to be his customer. If the joint can impose such a policy today, tomorrow they may decide to stop “not so looking” women from going into the place.
- Now, the managers may have his reason of doing so. Men normally pay for cover charge whereas girls do not. As most men going into those clubs are hoping to see beautiful or slim girls, if 8 out of 10 girls are fat, these men may complain to the manager. Moreover, in many places, club admission is all about social status and appearance. The manager may not want fat women’s presence to make his club scene to be less attractive for other prospect guests. In this case, the club believed that it has the right to select its customers, just that it should have been transparent and be upfront about its policy.
Women or even men, are judged at least partially based on appearance. It is a harsh fact of life. The action may be controversial, but women can turn it into positive result. Use it as motivation to lose weight, perhaps?
Or, the easy way out, go to booze somewhere else. The one who lose out probably is the club itself.
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