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Woman Told To Cover Up At Leisure Centre After Mums Complain About Costume

Woman Told To Cover Up At Leisure Centre After Mums Complain About Costume

A woman claims she was discriminated against for having a 'sexy body' after she was asked to cover up at a leisure centre.

Nicole Bernardocchi was in the steam room with her fiance and brother-in-law at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, in Uxbridge, UK, when she was asked by a member of staff to get out and cover up with a towel because mums had apparently complained that her costume was 'inappropriate'.

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Nicole said she was asked to cover up after mums complained that her costume was 'inappropriate'. Credit: News Licensing
Nicole said she was asked to cover up after mums complained that her costume was 'inappropriate'. Credit: News Licensing

The 23-year-old couldn't believe it and has vowed to never return to the centre.

Reflecting on the 'embarrassing' moment, she told The Sun: "I had got some funny looks from the mums in the changing rooms before going to the sauna, but I didn't think anything of it.

"The receptionist was nice and let us pay less than usual because there were kids' swimming lessons going on. I initially thought that the payment hadn't gone through when she came over and asked to speak to me outside.

"But I was shocked when she told me some of the mums had complained that my swimwear was inappropriate and I needed to get a towel. It was embarrassing, to be pulled out by the manager when there were other people in the sauna.

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"My fiance asked why I should have to cover up, as I wasn't in anything revealing and I was told to get a towel on the way back. I refused to do that, and just walked back to the changing rooms.

"I felt embarrassed by it all. I won't be going back there."

The carer, from Harefield, North London, added that she felt discriminated against for having a 'sexy body'.

Nicole thinks it might have been a different story if she didn't have a 'sexy body'. Credit: Facebook/Nicole Bernardocchi
Nicole thinks it might have been a different story if she didn't have a 'sexy body'. Credit: Facebook/Nicole Bernardocchi

She said: "I think it's discrimination, nothing was showing and if I was larger then I don't think they would have complained. My fiance told me they were discriminating against my body, and that's not OK.

"I felt awful about it afterwards, I didn't want to leave but the whole thing was really embarrassing.

"A swimming costume, just like a pair of jeans, follows your curves. Just because I have a sexy body doesn't mean I am inappropriate for the swimming pool.

"I wasn't showing my privates or my breast and the costume is double cloth so you can't see anything even if it gets wet."

LADbible has contacted Hillingdon Sports and Leisure centre for comment.

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Topics: uk news

Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.

 

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