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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 08:47 PM Jun 2016

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.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3649578/Man-says-booted-Chicago-pizza-joint-pants-street.html#ixzz4C50511vb
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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 restaurant’s 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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"Who me? Racist? Not Me!" Stinky The Clown Jun 2016 #1
Unless the waistline was at his knees, they didn't have a leg to stand on Warpy Jun 2016 #2
Well, to be fair, they DO look like sweat pants. Adrahil Jun 2016 #3
Yeah, it does seem to be athletic wear. Upscale, but still athletic wear. (n/t) thesquanderer Jun 2016 #5
Pic of him in the pants at the restaurant Liberal_in_LA Jun 2016 #6
Tough to see the pants really. But the online sale page makes it clear. Adrahil Jun 2016 #7
The woman behind him looks like she's not wearing any pants IronLionZion Jun 2016 #18
Yep!!! It looks like a walk in casual place to me. Nothing looks like formal dinner wear. n/t RKP5637 Jun 2016 #27
They do look very casual. TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #39
More photos in post 35 IronLionZion Jun 2016 #43
Yeah, if it's not clearly posted in the lobby TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #46
And everyone else there looked just as casual. Ken Burch Jun 2016 #53
Jogging pants. 840high Jun 2016 #9
Right. Very expensive "athletic" gear. Adrahil Jun 2016 #10
To be fair, some of them were highly discounted...LOL libdem4life Jun 2016 #54
Probably a combo of jogging pants and racism IronLionZion Jun 2016 #13
I think that is probably correct. Adrahil Jun 2016 #17
Look like sweat pants to me. Drahthaardogs Jun 2016 #56
Now we all know where NOT to eat! Silver_Witch Jun 2016 #4
I suspect this is the case for a lot of "dress codes". Odin2005 Jun 2016 #8
He should be suing the people who sold him those pants. $250 for that? mythology Jun 2016 #11
He needs to win a lawsuit flamingdem Jun 2016 #12
People implying he pays for his clothes via lawsuits. LanternWaste Jun 2016 #29
Yeah like those women that pay $500 for a pair of damn heels npk Jun 2016 #47
I'm good with a $10 haircut because flamingdem Jun 2016 #48
LOL amen to that npk Jun 2016 #50
An effing PIZZA place? Who the hell do they think they are? MADem Jun 2016 #14
Pizza places aren't allowed to have dress codes? oberliner Jun 2016 #23
I think it's a bit pretentious. What's next? Style snobbery at Burger King? MADem Jun 2016 #31
It's to combat those people that show up in pregnant mom jeans. npk Jun 2016 #49
Pregnant mom jeans? gollygee Jun 2016 #57
LOL I don't know where that came from npk Jun 2016 #58
I'm not sure they know what "discrimination" means. Iggo Jun 2016 #15
They probably meant "racial discrimination" oberliner Jun 2016 #24
Who Wears Wool In Chicago In June. . . ProfessorGAC Jun 2016 #16
Not all wool is thick. MADem Jun 2016 #32
I Suppose That's Right ProfessorGAC Jun 2016 #36
I know! MADem Jun 2016 #38
Fair exchange IMO. lpbk2713 Jun 2016 #19
Those sound like some really nice pants. n/t leeroysphitz Jun 2016 #20
Vince Herringbone Jogger Pants oberliner Jun 2016 #21
Evening wear at a pizza joint? Does not compute. Initech Jun 2016 #22
Easy way to confirm racism Shankapotomus Jun 2016 #25
Have a friend not of your ethnicity try to get through in the same outfit. MADem Jun 2016 #34
Reading through the Yelp page, they just sound like a bunch of assholes. Ace Rothstein Jun 2016 #26
Notice how he says he wouldn't do anything athletic in them melman Jun 2016 #28
Really? With that zipper and button front? MADem Jun 2016 #33
The mental gymnastics people engage in to justify racism and bias is ridiculous UMTerp01 Jun 2016 #30
The yelp reviews had multiple white couples turned away for wearing cubs jerseys IronLionZion Jun 2016 #35
Dress code becomes effective at 5 pm TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #41
They do look like jogging pants to me. Lee-Lee Jun 2016 #37
Here's the dress code at their website TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #40
That can easily cause confusion IronLionZion Jun 2016 #44
Why does the value of the pants matter? lumberjack_jeff Jun 2016 #42
Dress codes are not "fascist" TexasMommaWithAHat Jun 2016 #45
The point of referencing the price of the trousers is that the price clearly indicates Ken Burch Jun 2016 #51
I can buy a $300 pair of tennis shoes. Not for tennis apparently. n/t lumberjack_jeff Jun 2016 #55
Why would a pizza joint even HAVE a dress code? Ken Burch Jun 2016 #52
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