Oregon Teen Says She Suffered Size Discrimination By Retailer Rue21
On Saturday, Shelby Buster, a 14 year old teen from Oregon went shopping with a friend at fashion retailer Rue21 located in the Valley River Center Mall. What should’ve been a fun shopping excursion turned into a humiliating experience when Shelby was met with discrimination because of her size by a sales clerk.
Upon entering the store, Shelby says she was told “Hey, you’re too big to be in this store, I need you to leave”.
After receiving an apology from a store clerk, Shelby went on to update her Facebook page stating:
Well, happy birthday to me! The rue21 in Eugene, Oregon told me I was too fat and told me to leave the store! I can’t believe it! Thanks for ruining my birthday, rue21!
Currently, Rue 21 is investigating this situation by analyzing security footage to hopefully resolve the matter. In the meantime, the fashion retailer issued this statement on their Facebook page:
At rue21 we value diversity and welcome all customers in our stores. We intensely train our associates on our anti-discrimination policies, and we offer a variety of apparel trends and sizes, as well as accessories, footwear, and fragrances in our 966 stores nationwide. We are currently investigating the claims of Ms. Buster, including conducting interviews with store associates and other witnesses who were present at the time of alleged incident. The alleged behavior, if true, would be absolutely unacceptable and contrary to company policy. We deeply regret any misunderstanding that may have occurred.
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For years individuals and companies have gotten away with size discrimination. What types of laws do you think should be put in place to avoid this type of treatment?