Teenage girl says she was kicked out of restaurant because of her dress,

The New Orleans Police Department was called to the Lula Restaurant and Distillery on Tuesday night with Seventeen-year-old Sanai Butler and her family there to celebrate her high school graduation ceremony. social media accounts saying the police were called because the owner felt a young woman’s outfit was inappropriate. She wore a mid-drift halter top. Butler said after celebrating her party at the restaurant for hours, she was approached by one of the managers. “I went to the bathroom. She walked over to me. And asked if I had a shirt. I thought she was asking me if I had my college shirt because it was. is why people were clapping for me. She kept repeating to herself and I was like, ‘What do you mean? “Sanai said she told her mother and her mother politely asked her. one of the owners what she meant. Lashawn Butler, Sanai’s mother said, “You were here when we walked in. If there was something wrong with what She was having on, you would have must have said something then. Not after we spent over $ 2,000 at your establishment. That’s when she called the police. “The restaurant does not specify a dress code on its website. When asked, the general manager said casual clothing is generally allowed. The family were asked to leave and Butler decided to leave. clarified that she was upset when the police showed up, but Lula released a statement, claiming that the police were not called because of anyone’s clothes, but because of a disturbance. Lula posted a statement on Facebook on Wednesday: “Lula is committed to providing an enjoyable dining experience for all of her customers. We received questions about an incident at the Lula restaurant distillery on Tuesday evening. Police were called afterwards. that three disruptive adult clients spoke to another table of clients and one of Lula’s female owners. No person or group was escorted off the property. There were no physical altercations . Police were not called because of anyone’s dress. No person or group was invited or forced to do so. By management, because of their dress. No client came by. were refused service. Affected customers paid their bills, tipped their waiter and left after finishing their meal. To clarify Lula’s actions and response, Lula’s team called the police during verbal altercation. p to ensure the safety of our customers. Police arrived outside the restaurant as the group was leaving. Dinner is a joy, especially in New Orleans, and Lula appreciates each and every one of her customers. We would like to apologize to all of our customers who dined with us at the time, to our long-time customers, and especially to anyone who feels that Lula discriminated against them because of their dress or race. We are working with our team, including management and ownership, to determine what should have been done differently and to ensure a pleasant restaurant and dining environment for everyone. NOPD also released a statement to WDSU when asked about a police report about it: “Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue. marked the call as “necessary action taken.” No report has been made, so we have no further details to share. ”Stay with WDSU for the latest updates on this situation.

The New Orleans Police Department was called to the Lula Restaurant and Distillery on Tuesday evening.

Sanai Butler, 17, and his family attended to celebrate his high school graduation.

Witnesses shared their stories on social media saying police were called because the owner felt a young woman’s outfit was inappropriate. She was wearing a half-drift halter top.

Butler said after hours of celebrating her party at the restaurant, she was approached by one of the managers.

“I went to the bathroom. She approached me. And asked me if had a shirt. I thought she was asking me if I had my college shirt on because that’s why people were clapping for me. She kept repeating to herself and I was like, ‘What do you mean?’ “

Sanai said she told her mother and her mother politely asked one of the owners what she meant.

Lashawn Butler, Sanai’s mother, said: “You were here when we walked in. If there was something wrong with what she was wearing, you should have said something then. . Not after we spent over $ 2,000 at your facility. That’s when she called the police. “

The restaurant does not specify a dress code on its website. When asked, the general manager said casual wear is generally allowed.

The family were asked to leave and Butler said she was upset when the police arrived.

Lula released a statement, however, saying police were not called because of anyone’s clothes but because of a disturbance.

Lula posted a statement on Facebook on Wednesday saying:

“Lula is committed to providing a pleasant dining experience for all customers. We received questions about an incident at the Lula Restaurant Distillery on Tuesday evening. Police were called after three disruptive adult customers spoke to a woman. another table of clients and one of the female owners of Lula No person or group was escorted off the property There was no physical altercation Police were called due to the Nobody’s dress. The management did not ask anyone or any group to leave because of their dress. No customers were refused service. Customers involved paid their bills, tipped their server and left after they finished their meal. To clarify Lula’s actions and response, Lula’s team called the police during the verbal altercation to ensure the safety of our customers. The police arrived at the scene. ‘outside the r estaurant as the group left. Dinner is a joy, especially in New Orleans, and Lula appreciates each of her customers. ogize to all of our customers who dined with us at the time, our long-time customers, and in particular to anyone who feels that Lula discriminated against them because of their dress or race. We are working with our team, including management and ownership, to determine what should have been done differently and to ensure a pleasant dining and dining environment for everyone. “

NOPD also released a statement to the WDSU when asked about a police report on the matter:

Officers responded to a disturbance call in the 1500 block of St. Charles Avenue. Officers marked the call as’ necessary action taken. “No report has been written, so we have no further details to share.”

Stay with WDSU for the latest updates on this situation.

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