Dave & Busters and The American Legion Riders
I've been on travel, and meant to blog this when it first went down:
A Dave and Buster's in Michigan is under fire for asking a customer to remove his American Legion Riders motorcycle vest because it was against the company's dress code.
The Syracuse Dave and Buster's at Destiny USA mall has the same company dress code as the Michigan restaurant.
Victor Murdock, the assistant director of American Legion Post 179's "Riders" chapter in Michigan, told MLive that he's never been accused of being in a gang, but that's how he was treated at the restaurant/arcade on Saturday night.
Murdock told MLive that the Dave & Buster's General Manager Josh Leibowitz confronted his group, which included Murdock's wife and another member of the Riders, when they arrived. Murdock said he was first asked to take off his beanie cap, which he agreed to do.
"Then I turned to my right, and the manager was standing right there," Murdock told the news website. "He placed his hand on my chest and said, 'You're not coming in here.' He basically explained to me their company policy and said I can thank Chicago for this -- whatever that means -- that anything gang-related you can't wear there."
Now, the D&B is of course able to set whatever standard they want for admittance, provided it doesn't violate any laws, which banning people wearing vests does not. But that doesn't make the policy any wiser of course. Luckily, Dave & Busters had an epiphany and is now working to correct this problem:
Good on Dave and Busters for moving so fast on this. Again, I think they are within their rights to do what they did initially, but it's a better idea for them as a company to reach out like they've done here.
Ed Forler, Vice President of Operations for Dave & Buster’s, added, “We sincerely apologize if our actions offended members of the American Legion family, active military members, or veterans. Our legion partners have provided valuable feedback that will help us maintain a fun, inclusive environment in which everyone, especially members of the military/veterans, has a great experience. D&B continues to be a strong supporter of the American Legion along with our veterans and military members.”
“Dave & Buster’s is addressing our concerns with its dress code policies and has demonstrated respect for our members and our mission. We look forward to working with them in the future,” stated Mark Sutton, public relations director for the American Legion Department of Michigan.