Dress Code Enforcement at Bombers in Schenectady Causes Uproar
A sign hangs in the entrance of the upstairs bar at Bombers in downtown Schenectady stating, "Dress Code Enforced After 10pm: No Pull Over Hoodie (with middle pocket.) No Baggy Clothes. No Backpack/Sunglasses. Thank you for cooperating :)" But, will people actually cooperate, or will they just not show up?
The new dress code is said to be as a safety precaution for Bombers customers after some recent violent acts occurred in the area of the restaurant at the end of March. While their concern is valid, the question pops up, "is this unconstitutional."
Jimmy Vann, Vice President of Bombers Franchise Operations, states that this dress code is to prevent concealed weapons or alcohol when entering the establishment.
From the Times Union:
"If they're going to have these rules, they need to apply them equally. If you're disruptive in a bar, that alone is enough of a reason to remove someone," said Melanie Tremble, director of the New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region chapter. "Arbitrary enforcement can be just as harmful to the business as not having a policy at all."
But, with that being said, Vann is quoted stating:
"To be quite honest with you, if a 70-year-old man came in with a hoodie, I'm probably not going to ask him to take it off. I'm just not going to do that. You know what I mean? He's probably cold or something."
That seems to be where the constitutional rights could be violated. For more on the story, visit here.