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Backlash from ambiguous dress code prompts apology from Red Stick Social

Red Stick Social set to open Apr. 15 (Source: Mykal Vincent)
Red Stick Social set to open Apr. 15 (Source: Mykal Vincent)
Published: Jul. 17, 2019 at 9:53 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2019 at 9:54 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A bowling alley has issued an apology after receiving backlash from a proposed dress code.

Red Stick Social, a newly developed three-story bowling alley, bar, restaurant, and live music venue, posted a dress code to its Facebook page suggesting gentlemen wear collared shirts, requiring guests to be “neatly groomed," and leaving “soiled or torn" clothing up to management’s discretion.

The dress code banned “sagging" outright, and any articles of clothing that are “overly revealing” or “indicative of gang affiliation.”

Many people voiced their concerns over the ambiguity of the guidelines. Terms like “overly casual" can lend themselves to being enforced unfairly or inconsistently.

Red Stick Social pulled its proposed dress code after receiving backlash.
Red Stick Social pulled its proposed dress code after receiving backlash.(Facebook/RedStickSocial)

The venue received a wave of negative backlash about the dress code, which it pulled from its social media pages before issuing an apology.

Earlier today, we posted a set of dress code guidelines to our social media pages in an effort foster a better experience for our customers. We immediately received concerned feedback about the dress code and its potentially negative interpretation.

We hear your concerns loud and clear and thank you for your valuable feedback. We sincerely apologize.

Our guests’ experience is something we take very seriously. We created Red Stick Social to serve the entire Baton Rouge community and are excited with the incredibly diverse group of guests that have enjoyed and continue to enjoy our venue. Our goal is to provide an environment that welcomes, encourages, and supports diversity and inclusiveness among all our guests and staff.

This is a learning opportunity for us as we work to improve upon providing a truly unique and enjoyable entertainment experience to all our guests. If you have any additional concerns please message us directly.

At least one parody event was created, hosted by local comedy podcast Baton Rouge Sucks, encouraging people to dress down “in honor of Red Stick’s new dress code.”

The bowling alley issued an apology shortly after posting the dress code to its Facebook page.
The bowling alley issued an apology shortly after posting the dress code to its Facebook page.(Facebook/RedStickSocial)

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