Black man wearing $250 black wool herringbone trousers told his pants were "too street" for [View all]
The doorman at the restaurant told him that he wouldn't be allowed into the restaurant because his pants were 'too street.'
Although the restaurant does have an evening dress code, Jackson doesn't believe that was the reason he was kicked out.
Jackson claims he was wearing $250 designer wool trousers and he noticed other customers wearing yoga pants, baggy cargo shorts, and baseball caps.
'Their dress code says no athletic wear,' Jackson told NBC Chicago, donning a bow tie, a vest, and the same pair of wool pants he wore the night of the incident. 'At no point in time will you find me doing anything athletic in a pair of wool pants.'
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Parlor Pizza Bar said in a statement it enforces what it calls an evening dress code every day beginning at 5 p.m., stating athletic wear is prohibited under our policy and unfortunately, the gentleman in question was wearing sweatpants.
But Jackson said the pants he was wearing were actually tailored wool pants by designer Vince, valued at $250. He also claimed that as he and his wife were leaving, they noticed other patrons dressed far more casually.
Saw people in yoga pants, baggy cargo shorts, baseball caps, and at that point in time we decided that we wanted to go back and talk to a manager, Jackson said.
When he was still denied entry, Jackson said he began to believe the issue was less about dress code and more about race.
You go from feeling kind of bewildered, to feeling shocked, to feeling embarrassed, and then you start to kind of ask yourself, Did I do something wrong? he said. And then you get angry.
A spokesperson for Parlor Pizza said the incident was in no way discrimination, and noted that the restaurants dress code is posted on its website and at the entranceway. They added that security footage showed Jackson was wearing a baseball cap and shirt at the time, which may have contributed to the thinking that the wool pants were sweatpants.
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