We’re in the middle of the first heat wave of the season, which means your wardrobe probably consists mostly of lightweight, breathable clothing. But last weekend, one Michigan woman faced some serious backlash for what she wore to the mall on 90° day.
Hannah Pewee, a college student at Grand State University, spent her Saturday shopping at the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, Michigan, wearing standard summer attire: denim cutoff shorts and a Finding Nemo tank top which read “Just Keep Swimming.”
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Allegedly, an anonymous mall guest reported Pewee to mall security for “inappropriate dress,” and she was promptly kicked out of the shopping center.
“As many of you know, it is NINETY degrees outside today in West Michigan. Aka, really hot. So, of course, I decided to dress for the weather: shorts and a tank top. But apparently, how I was dressed was too slutty for the public, as I was kicked out of the Woodland Mall today,” Pewee captioned a photo of her outfit on Facebook, which has since gone viral with more than 10,000 likes and 7,000 shares.
Pewee went on to say when she was asked to leave the premises, she was surrounded by “plenty of girls” within a “one foot radius” dressed just like her. “I am so angry right now I’m shaking. I felt so embarrassed I almost cried,” she said. “All because a stranger didn’t like how I dressed.”
Not long after her post, hundreds of people came to the woman’s defense on Facebook
“The Woodland Mall should be ashamed of themselves, as well as that anonymous complainer. It’s my body, and it’s hot outside! I’m not going to show up in jeans and a sweater, sorry,” Pewee continued. “Don’t like it? Look away! I was out having a fun time with my sister and next thing I know, I’m out on the street. Slut-shaming how girls are dressed is deplorable and outdated, and it needs to stop.”
According to a second Facebook message posted by Pewee, a representative from the Woodland Mall called her to apologize following the incident.
“Alright, so I talked on the phone with the someone on the management team at Woodland and they apologized for what happened yesterday. Apparently they’re going to revise their clothing policy on their website so it is clearer what is and isn’t acceptable. In addition, security will be discussing how to properly handle situations like this,” she wrote, adding, “I want to thank everyone for the supporting messages, it really helped, especially when so many people were more than ready to tear me apart. Thank you all so much ❤️ Hopefully some good can come out of this all!”
A representative for the mall also commented on her original Facebook note with the message above.
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