A teenage girl has posted on Facebook that she was harassed and kicked out of a Mobile, Ala., mall because her shorts were too short.
Gabrielle Gibson, 19, shared a photo of her outfit, which she wore to the Shoppes at Bel Air. She said it prompted the mall’s security officers to threaten to call the police and resulted in her being kicked out.
“Apparently grown men [couldn’t] contain themselves so I get kicked out,” Gibson wrote.
Gibson claims that two security guards at the mall were extremely unprofessional, and one was initially looking at her butt.
“I told them I have bigger thighs and its just too hot for jeans that I can’t help they ride up a bit. It doesn’t bother me then it shouldn’t bother you. … Everyone had short shorties on,” she wrote, adding that the temperature that day was “100 [degrees].” The young woman also claims that the security guards threatened to call the police on her.
Gibson told the Mirror, “When I left the house I felt beautiful and happy about myself, but having grown men attack me about what I’m wearing when I’m just trying to walk around and buy things was just so excessive.
“They didn’t have to throw me out. It’s a sad day when grown men can’t control themselves. I just don’t want anyone feeling like I did.”
However, the Shoppes at Bel Air stand by their decision to remove Gibson from the property. They released the following statement to WKRG-TV: “Given the high degree of importance we place on maintaining a family-friendly shopping environment, our policy requires all of our customers to dress in a manner that reflects our code of conduct. Anyone who violates this policy will be asked to change or to leave the premises.”
Both Gibson and the Shoppes at Bel Air did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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