A 17-year-old girl celebrating her high school graduation with dozens of loved ones said she was kicked out of a New Orleans restaurant because of her outfit.
While dining at the Lula Restaurant Distillery on Tuesday, Sanai Butler wore a bikini top with leggings to match the graduation stole and cap. This is a picture of the night show.A teenager said she approached from the owner’s wife and the police were finally called Because of Sanai’s bikini top, According to NOLA.com.
But, Statement released on WednesdayThe restaurant said police were not called in for Sanai’s outfit and no one was forced to leave for outfit.
“Police were called after three destructive adult patrons engaged at another patron’s table and one was one of Lula’s female owners,” the restaurant said. It was. “Individuals and groups were never taken out of the facility. There were no physical changes.”
The family gives another explanation of what happened on Tuesday night when the Butlers were celebrating their graduation from Warren Easton Charter School in Sanai.
Her mother, La Shawn Butler, told NOLA.com that she went to the bathroom early when her wife’s owner told her to change into another shirt because her bikini was “very inappropriate.” It was.The family was later I was asked to leave, According to WDSU.
“You were here when we entered. If there was something wrong with what she had, you should have said something at that time,” Sanai’s mother told WDSU. Did. “It wasn’t after we spent more than $ 2,000 at your facility. It was at this time she called the police.”
Lula Restaurant Distillery is not listed Website dress code..
The woman who witnessed the incident The restaurant imposes “big racist energy” When it called the police. She described Sanai’s outfit and called her a “beautiful young black girl” with “great and fun energy.”
“I saw two police cars pulled up with the lights on, a policeman coming out, and the owner of Lula going out and talking to the policeman,” the woman said on Twitter. “One of the adults was talking to another police officer. The rest of the family came out. They were filming. The owner of Lula felt she wasn’t dressed properly. I called a teenage police officer. Now they were in the restaurant for at least two hours before this happened. What was the problem?!?!? “
Police confirmed to WSDU that they had responded to the “call for turmoil” at the restaurant, but there were no reports detailing the incident.
In a statement to NOLA.com, Sanai said it was a “terrifying and sad experience.”
The restaurant said it had called the police “to ensure the safety of its patrons.”
According to the restaurant, “I would like to apologize to all the patrons who were eating with us at the time, longtime customers, especially those who feel that Lula discriminates against them based on clothing and race. “. “We work with management and teams, including ownership, to decide what to change and ensure a restaurant and dining environment that is fun for everyone.”