The Press reported over the weekend, on the new casual attire being actively discriminated against in various establishments and people denied entry based on how they look.
“Fewer people are wearing casual clothing as the city’s bars take a harder line on acceptable dress…Merivale bar Aikmans [a few blocks from where we live] requires late-night male visitors to wear a collared shirt or otherwise risk rejection…”
“The Christchurch Casino started a campaign late last year encouraging patrons to dress up for a night out.”
“Although higher standards may appeal to some, others are not so impressed.”
Nick Sepie, 24, used to visit bars wearing a dress shirt, jeans and canvas shoes without any problems. In the past year, he has found it more difficult to gain entry.
“This frustration is heightened by the murky guidelines on what exactly qualifies as unacceptable clothing…Jandals, beanies and T-shirts are no-nos, but bars often have generic policies requiring “smart” or “tidy” apparel.”
Good ol fashioned (pun intended) human discrimination in action. Welcome to real life.