Boy, 4, Thrown Out For Shirt With No Sleeves

July 4, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Boy 4 Thrown Out for Shirt

Boy, 4, thrown out for shirt is the big story coming from Georgia today. On the eve of the Fourth of July Lewis Roberts, 4, and his family were kicked out of The Tavern at Phipps located at Phipps Plaza for not respecting the dress code. Little Roberts who was sporting a cute green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles outfit was asked to leave because his shirt was sleeveless which was against the “Gentlemen’s Dress Code” dinners must abide by when they come to The Tavern at Phipps. The story of the 4-year-old boy being thrown out for his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt has gone viral which prompted the company to issue an apology. Lewis Roberts’ predicament has also started a heated debated on when is it okay to break the rules.

Meet Lewis Roberts, the 4-year-old boy thrown out for his shirt.

Last night Lewis Roberts, his aunt and other family members went out to eat at The Tavern at Phipps located at the upscale shopping mall Phipps Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

As soon as they arrived at the restaurant, a waitress told them that they were not welcome because of the child’s outfit, which consisted of a lime green shirt with a drawing of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the front and matching shorts.

The Tavern’s employee explained to the family that Lewis’ sleeveless shirt was against the company’s rules.

It was made clear to the Roberts family that dinners who visit the eatery must abide by the rules enlisted in the unwritten “Gentlemen’s Dress Code” book.

Lewis Roberts’ aunt demanded to talk to the manager who repeated the same lines and told her to leave.

The clan left the restaurant and immediately contacted the media to share their story.

Talking to FOX News, the boy’s aunt who has declined to reveal her name, explained that Lewis is the one who picked his own clothes to wear – which is why he was wearing a shirt with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on it.

She went on to say that if she knew that what her nephew was wearing was inappropriate she would have dinned elsewhere.

The Tavern’s spokeswoman Amber Stewart issued an apology to Lewis Roberts and his family and have asked them to return to the eatery.

Amber Stewart said:

“Rule does not apply for children and ladies but for gentlemen only. It was an embarrassing mistake on our part. She’s a manager-in-training who had a gross misunderstanding of our policy. We apologize and are reaching out to the family.”

The Roberts have accepted the apology and plan to go back to the eatery very soon.

Many are debating who is wrong and who is right in this story.

Shouldn’t parents teach their children to accept the rules?

Why didn’t the hostess be more humane and accommodate the child who is only 4 years of age?

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  1. Connie says:

    That is not an excuse that the employee and the manager in training was both clueless. Who trained the manager in training? (someone else clueless). I worked at a restaurant for 12 years. I feel that a stipulation such as that (meaning on the front door as the customer walks in) it should have been specifically spelled out in the handbook or totally explained to the training manager EXACTLY what it meant. To make a long story short it was the company’s responsibilty to ensure that the employee’s understood the company’s policy. The only way this company is not accepting total responsibilty is that they just established this business recently. That is an easy way out to shift the blame on the manager in training.

  2. Gerald B. says:

    I hope they didn’t make the 4 year feel like he is at fault.
    Also the words are diners and dined not dinners and dinned.
    I hope they didn’t make the adult author of this article feel like he is at fault for not having proofreaders or an editor.
    Dinned? Seriously! Just awful.


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