A Store Said This Girl Was Too Fat to Go Shopping

September 4, 2013  |  
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Fourteen-year-old Shelby Buster just wanted to spend her birthday money but she got a nasty shock at her local shopping mall. She told her local news station and the New York Daily News she entered Rue 21 with her friend. As her friend was in the changing room, a store clerk asked her to leave because she was too big.

Mom Marge Wood-Buster was waiting for the girls in the food court. When Shelby told her what happened she, like any mother, marched to the store to find out what happened. The worker apologized but it’s not enough for the mother and daughter. They’ve started a Facebook group. Rue 21 says they were aware of the incident and would be looking at shop footage before taking further action.

Let’s face it. Life is hard enough among your peers when you’re an overweight teenager, or if you’re in any way obviously different from the kids in your class. This Rue 21 worker was completely out of line. It’s discrimination, plain and simple, and also bad business. Whether or not a girl can actually wear a store’s clothes, there’s not telling what she was in there for. Shelby says she was thinking about buying perfume which, incidentally, doesn’t come in a size. She could just have easily been getting ready to spend a grip on a friend’s birthday.

We hope Rue 21 gets to the bottom of this and the offending clerk loses her job. What would you do if someone told your baby she was too fat to shop?

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