A swanky New York City hotel is in hot water this week after one of their bouncers refused to let a Navy officer into the bar because her uniform did not fit the dress code.
The bouncer at the Standard Hotel in Chelsea refused to allow the officer and her family to board the elevator which would take them to hip Top of the Standard Lounge last Saturday night.
“I said, ‘Wait, are you rejecting us because someone is in a service uniform?’ He kind of rolled his eyes and wouldn’t budge,” recounted Ryan O’Connor, who is married to one of the officer’s cousins. He added that the officer was dressed in her white uniform.
“I was wearing a $400 blazer and dress shoes. We were all dressed nice,” he continued. “The only person sticking out was the Navy officer.”
The family brought the issue to the hotel’s front desk, only to be told that the dress code is enforced at the discretion of the bar.
“Being one of the most exclusive clubs in the city, attracting celebrities and professionals from all over, expect a very strict dress code,” Night Life in New York City noted regarding the Top of the Standard. “If you don’t fit the high standards they have set there’s not much you can do to get in.”
Making matters worse, this incident occurred on Memorial Day weekend, which is a time when veterans are supposed to be treated with even more respect than usual.
“We were all shocked and upset,” O’Connor lamented. “This was Memorial Day weekend and walking distance from Ground Zero. This should have been a no-brainer.”
“The fact that her uniform wasn’t labeled Versace shouldn’t have prevented her from going in,” O’Connor concluded. “They need to have a greater sense of the bigger picture.”
The Standard Hotel has since apologized and invited the officer and her family back to their hotel.
“We hold those serving in the United States Armed Forces in the highest regard,” the hotel’s statement read. “This was a mistake and we sincerely apologize.”
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