I get it, if I worked in Corporate America maybe coming to work with bright pink hair wouldn’t be appropriate.
But faux locs? Really? How would that offend anyone coming to get doggy treats from Pet World?
But this is exactly what happened to a teenager from Wisconsin.
Destini Briggs, 19, told FOX 6 she wasn’t allowed to clock in for her job at Pet World after getting faux locs.
She spent $150 on the style before her shift at the Menomonee Falls branch on November 17.
However, when she went to clock in, she said her boss told her that her new hair was not appropriate.
He told her she would have to be changed before she could start working.
Briggs says her manager told her: ‘You can’t have your hair like that. You have to take it out.’
She continued: ‘So I called my mom and told her what happened.’
Her mother, Starla Henderson, said she was shocked by her daughter’s call.
‘You’re selling dog food, you’re cleaning bird poop out of a cage. You’re picking worms out of the box. I don’t know who it bothered,’ Henderson told the news station.
The mother-and-daughter pair say they confronted the store manager, who explained to them that Pet World’s employee hand book states:
‘Hair is to be natural color and an appropriate style for a retail setting’.
Both Briggs and Henderson say they believe the dreadlocks meet both of the requirements.
‘I think it’s appropriate for anything. It’s not too long, I can pull it back, won’t get in the way of anything,’ Briggs said,
Henderson says she believe the store manager was being discriminatory towards her daughter.
‘If you want someone to adhere to the rule book, then it needs to be very plain and simple for everyone to understand,’ said Henderson. ‘This is her freedom to express her black culture.’
Things reportedly got heated – to the point where police had to be called to the store to resolve the dispute.
It is unclear to what degree the dispute escalated.