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A JD Wetherspoon pub has been inundated by negative TripAdvisor reviews after kicking out two women for wearing 'inappropriate' tops. Watch them tell their story in the clip below:
Mollie Wood and her friend Amy Lee, both 20, headed to The Back of Beyond pub in Reading, Berkshire, at 8pm on Sunday 13 June.
However, tech worker Mollie claimed she was told by a male manager that she would not be served as her halter neck top was 'equal to a man being shirtless'.
Members of the public have now leapt to the duo's defence, having posted various negative reviews on TripAdvisor and Google.
One person wrote: "Sexual degrading of women is unacceptable. Need a formal apology. There is no dress code so you cannot make up rules to humiliate women with real bodies."
Another person said: "Policing the outfits of women is unacceptable, deciding to sexualise and herd women like cattle, also unacceptable. Another item for the list of Wetherspoon apologies that need to be made. Do better."
A third added: "Kicked two girls out for wearing short tops, comparing them to 'men shirtless' - awful sexist behaviour. Stop sexualising girls' breasts."
A fourth said the incident was 'absolutely disgusting behaviour'.
The negative reviews have since been removed by TripAdvisor, with a statement posted on the pub's page saying: "Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing."
The two friends were wearing black crop tops with ankle-length skirts and trainers as the country enjoyed balmy temperatures of up to 28°C.
They popped into the pub to grab some food after watching England beat Croatia 1-0 in Sunday afternoon's Euro 2020 match.
Mollie - who lives in Reading - said they were allowed into the pub by a female bouncer, having checked in via the NHS app, and showed their IDs before walking through to the garden.
Mollie said: "We got halfway walking through the pub when a male manager shouted for us to stop.
"He said, 'You can't come in here, you're dressed really inappropriately and it isn't suitable. You can't be wearing a top like that.'"
Mollie claims the manager said this was because it was 'like a man being topless', adding: "We've been kicking topless men out all day."
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "Two female customers visited The Back of Beyond pub in Reading on Sunday evening at approximately 7.40pm.
"Shortly after entering, the customers were politely asked to leave the pub as, on consideration by the pub's management team, their dress was not, in this particular case, in accordance with the company's guidance to pubs on appropriate customer dress.
"What may be considered appropriate dress is invariably a matter of individual judgement and whilst no offence was intended to the two customers by the request to leave the pub, we support the approach of the pub's management team in this instance."
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