Woman Forced To Leave Pool After Being Told Her Bikini Was “Inappropriate”
Yvette Harvie-Salter was visiting Albany Stadium Pool in Auckland, New Zealand, and using the adults-only sauna and spa, which she has visited three times a week for the past two years.
While she was relaxing in the spa, a female duty manager allegedly pulled her to the side and complained about her bikini, which was deemed "inappropriate".
Yvette, who works as as singer, took to Facebook to complain about the "rude" and "unprofessional" treatment.
She wrote: "Apparently, the bikini I was wearing and have been wearing at the same pool for the past few months is not appropriate. Her exact words were that it's not a 'rule' but a few of the mums have complained about it so I have to wear something more conservative.
She asked me if I have any other bikinis at home and I do but they're all the same! I bought this bikini from Glassons.com literally just across the road from the pool, and it's 2019!!!
"All the bikinis in the store look like this! Almost every day I'm there, a child sh*ts in the pool and it gets closed, I find that offensive. The same mothers ignore or scream at their children, I find that offensive.
"When I tried to address management to get my money back, they all literally laughed about it, I find THAT offensive. I have been going to this pool up to three times a week for the past couple of years and they've just lost a valued customer. I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on this."
Friends flocked to the comment section in outrage, saying the behaviour of the duty manager was "ridiculous" and that there was nothing wrong with the (very normal, in our humble opinion) bikini.
Yvette also told the Sun she found the experience "so humiliating" and said she had felt "shamed and exposed".
In a follow-up post, Yvette said she was taking a break from social media after being inundated with trolls, and said she had shared her story for "anyone who has felt objectified and/or felt like they haven't had a voice, no matter what sex, race, or affiliation".
Featured Image Credit: Glassons