Outrage as teenage girl on birthday shopping trip was told to leave fashion store by employee who said she was too fat to buy clothes there

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.

Was Shelby Buster kicked out of a rue21 store because she's too big?

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.’

Rue21

Discriminated for her size: 14-year-old Shelby Buster  was shopping at the mall Saturday when a clothing store employee came up to her  and told her she was ‘too big’ and had to leave

 

Company values: Shelby and her friend were shopping at  the rue21 in Eugene, Oregon when the discrimination happened. Above, an example  of one of the company’s branches

 

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.

Bad birthday: After the discrimination, Shelby went on  the company’s Facebook page to get her story heard

 

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.

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