Twenty-year-old Hannah Pewee was escorted out of the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for wearing an outfit another shopper found “inappropriate.” However, after viewers had a chance to see what the college student was wearing, they were appalled.
According to Daily Mail, Pewee posted a photo on Facebook of what she was wearing that day, which included denim shorts and a top featuring characters from the Disney movie Finding Nemo.
“As many of you know, it is NINETY degrees outside today in West Michigan. Aka, really hot. So, of course, I decided to dress for the weather: shorts and a tank top,” Pewee wrote on Facebook. “But apparently, how I was dressed was too sl***y for the public, as I was kicked out of the Woodland Mall today,” she added.
“Yup. Apparently, some anonymous person reported me to MALL SECURITY for inappropriate dress and I was kicked out,” she continued. “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 further explained.
“The Woodland Mall should be ashamed of themselves, as well as that anonymous complainer,” added Pewee. “It’s my body, and it’s hot outside! I’m not going to show up in jeans and a sweater, sorry. Sl**-shaming how girls are dressed is deplorable and outdated, and it needs to stop.”
Pewee told the news station WOOD that she had already been shopping for several hours with her sister when security approached her at Starbucks. “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?’” she explained.
“I was like, ‘Okay.’ I had no idea what was going on,” said Pewee. “I complied. I’m not a confrontational person. Even though I didn’t feel it was right, I didn’t want to get in their faces and be like, ‘No I’m not leaving,’ and start a big scene. But after I left, I was like, ‘I don’t feel like I should have been treated like that.’”
After Pewee’s Facebook post received hundreds of comments and more than 10,000 shares from fellow social media users who couldn’t believe she was kicked out of a shopping mall over her tank top and shorts, Woodland Mall decided to issue an apology in an apparent attempt to save face.
“We have apologized to Hannah and we apologize to our community,” stated Woodland Mall. “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.”
It’s difficult to see how anyone could have found the outfit Pewee wore to the mall that day offensive, but it’s even more difficult to see how mall security could have taken any complaints about the tank top and shorts seriously. Frankly, teens who walk around with their pants sagging around their ankles and their underwear showing are far more bothersome, but you never see them getting kicked out of the mall.