A 20-year-old in Michigan received an apology from a shopping mall after she was escorted out by security guards for “inappropriate dress.”
Hannah Pewee was shopping with her sister at Woodland Mall on Saturday when the pair took a break to grab a drink at Starbucks. The weather at the time was around 90 degrees, so Pewee, like many other girls, wore shorts and a tank top. While they waited to get their beverages, a security guard approached her.
“We ordered our drinks and we were just standing in that area where you wait for them to be delivered and one of the security guards came up to me and said, ‘Miss, can we talk to you for a second?'” Pewee told WoodTV. “I was like, ‘OK.’ I had no idea what was going on.”
According to Pewee, an anonymous shopper reported her clothing to mall security. After she was asked to leave, Pewee posted about the encounter to Facebook.
“Never mind that within a one foot radius there were plenty of girls dressed just like me, since it’s NINETY degrees outside. I am so angry right now I’m shaking. I felt so embarrassed I almost cried. All because a stranger didn’t like how I dressed,” she wrote.
In the comment section of the post, a Woodland Mall representative responded to someone who criticized their action.
“We have apologized to Hannah and we apologize to our community. It is never our intention to shame or embarrass anyone. We’re going to make sure that everyone on our team is aware of how to handle situations like this in the future. We dropped the ball on this one,” the mall told one commenter.
(Photo: Hannah Pewee via Facebook)