An Oregon teen was celebrating her birthday Saturday with a mall shopping trip when an employee at a clothing store told her to leave because she was ‘too big’.
Shelby Buster told KEZIthat she was shopping with a friend at the rue21 clothing store at the Valley River Center mall in Eugene, Oregon when she was discriminated against for her weight.
Shelby says she was hoping to buy some perfume with birthday money, when a store employee came up to her and said: ‘Hey, you’re too big to be in this store, I need you to leave.’
Her friend continued to check out before the two returned to the food court and told Shelby’s mom, Marge Wood-Buster, what happened.
Mrs Wood-Buster walked back to the store to complain, at which point one of the employees apologized.
After the event, Shelby posted on the company’s Facebook page, complaining about the incident.
Waiting for an apology: rue21 says it’s still investigating the incident. On the right, a picture of the letter Shelby and her friend wrote detailing their shopping experience Saturday
The company commented on her post and said they were ‘really sorry to hear this’ and that the employee’s comment was ‘completely unacceptable’.
They asked Shelby to private message them so they could discuss the incident further.
After her story was broadcast on KEZI, more people got on the company’s Facebook page to complain about the incident, many saying that they would never shop at the store again.