KENTWOOD, MICH. -- A Dave and Buster's in Michigan is beneath blaze for allurement a chump to abolish his American Legion Riders motorcycle belong because it was adjoin the company's dress code.
The Syracuse Dave and Buster's at Destiny USA capital has the aforementioned aggregation dress cipher as the Michigan restaurant.
Victor Murdock, the abettor administrator of American Legion Post 179's "Riders" affiliate in Michigan, told MLive that he's never been accused of actuality in a gang, but that's how he was advised at the restaurant/arcade on Saturday night.
Murdock told MLive that the Dave & Buster's General Administrator Josh Leibowitz confronted his group, which included Murdock's wife and accession affiliate of the Riders, aback they arrived. Murdock said he was aboriginal asked to booty off his beanie cap, which he agreed to do.
"Then I affronted to my right, and the administrator was continuing appropriate there," Murdock told the account website. "He placed his duke on my chest and said, 'You're not advancing in here.' He basically explained to me their aggregation action and said I can acknowledge Chicago for this -- whatever that agency -- that annihilation gang-related you can't abrasion there."
Here is the chain's dress cipher policy:
Dave & Buster's affluence the appropriate to adapt the House Behavior and Dress Cipher guidelines for any reason, including or due to bounded or melancholia altitude or appropriate events.
Attempts to explain their amalgamation with American Legion Post 179 in Grandville were met with a answer of the policy, Murdock told MLive.
"I get it," he said. "Everyone has to accept a action to accumulate the exceptionable aspect out. But an American banderole and a baldheaded hawkeye does not represent a assemblage element."
Dave and Buster's address responded to Michigan media outlets and Facebook commenters with the aforementioned statement:
"We are acutely beholden to all of our alive aggressive associates and veterans and are accustomed to accept you as admired guests in any of our locations. Our dress code, which prohibits affirmation of assemblage affiliation, is in abode to ensure that anybody is able to adore themselves in a fun and safe environment. Though we accept that the American Legion promotes a absolute mission, for bendability affidavit we cannot acquiesce motorcycle jackets announcement patches or rockers. Our behavior are in no way meant to be aweless and we apologize for any annoyance this may accept caused. Additionally, amuse apperceive that this accumulation was not asked to leave but to artlessly about-face their jackets central out or analysis them at the covering check. Again, we apologize for any confounding and attending advanced to confined you in the abreast future."
Commenters affronted with the adventure began calamity the Dave & Buster's Kentwood, Mich. Facebook page.
Murdock is not a adept himself, but he is the son of a U.S. Navy adept and said he abutting Friends of the American Legion and the Legion Riders chapter in an accomplishment to account his ancestor and advice added veterans.
According to a new MLive address this morning, the aggregation is now cogent a admiration to analysis the dress cipher action and seek ascribe from veterans groups, according to a revised account from Dave & Buster's Vice President of Marketing April Spearman.
"We admit the charge to brainwash our aggregation associates about the American Legion, and accept accomplished out to the bounded American Legion Post 179, and the civic alignment for guidance," Spearman wrote in the account to MLive. "In addition, we will analysis our access to our dress code."
Murdock told the account website he has announced with a Dave & Buster's executive, who affairs to biking to Michigan to accommodated with associates of the bounded American Legion groups.
"We're activity to sit bottomward and try to assortment out some of the apropos about the policy," Murdock said. "Just so being like this doesn't appear in the future."