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Local bowling alley under fire for dress code

     

A Lansing bowling alley and family fun center is under fire for what some are calling a controversial dress code.

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Hundreds of people took to Facebook over the weekend, bashing a sign posted on the door of Spare Time Entertainment Center in Frandor.

The dress code reads--

"No excessively baggy pants...hoodies and do-rags must be removed... no gang colors or insignias... and no offensive or vulgar language or pictures on clothing"

Many commenters say the dress code is racially insensitive because the clothes forbidden are worn primarily by people of color.

"Best case scenario, it's passively discriminatory, worst case scenario, it's overtly racist. I think that the clothes associated with the dress code itself were intended for a specific group of people," said Rhiannon Lea Klein, a Lansing resident that is against Spare Time's dress code.

News 10 also reached out to several people who said they did not think the dress code was racially insensitive or inappropriate. None of them wanted to speak on-camera but told us they believe Spare Time is just trying to create a family-friendly environment.

On Sunday, Spare Time issued a response on its Facebook page stating--

"We have had numerous comments regarding our dress code policy. The dress code signage in question has been removed while we evaluate. Never at any point was the policy designed to target a specific group or race. We apologize if this is how it was taken. Our primary purpose was, and is, to provide a fun, safe atmosphere for all guests, regardless of race, age, religion, or sexual orientation"

Spare Time also issued News 10 a separate statement saying its expectation is that guests behave respectfully and dress appropriately.

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I'm all for it and at Mall's too. I see enough saaes bowling without havint to look at their
asses. And whites dress that way too and age has no limit

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I agree with the Center’s dress code I don’t want to see any establishment posting “NC17 Admitted” signs on their doors.
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The dress code reads--

"No excessively baggy pants...hoodies and do-rags must be removed... no gang colors or insignias... and no offensive or vulgar language or pictures on clothing"

Many commenters say the dress code is racially insensitive because the clothes forbidden are worn primarily by people of color.



I wonder if the commenters realize that they are being racially insensitive themselves to people of color, They seem to have a very stereotypical view of people of color.

By implying that people of color primarily just wear baggy pants, hoodies, do-rags, gang colors and insignias etc.

Most people of color don't wear those things.




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I wonder if the commenters realize that they are being racially insensitive themselves to people of color, They seem to have a very stereotypical view of people of color.

By implying that people of color primarily just wear baggy pants, hoodies, do-rags, gang colors and insignias etc.

Most people of color don't wear those things.






If the ban apply to whites and blacks how is
it racial profiling? Nobody wants to look at some
dumbasses but in public. Some cities have a law against it



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A very large 24-hour bowling establishment in Chicago (gone for at least 15 years now) had a dress code in an attempt to cut down on altercations between rival gang members. The place would attract customers from a wide area encompassing several gang territories, and they were trying to prevent opposing gangs from easily identifying each other. They also had a cover charge just to get in at night and private security on hand.

I cannot help but wonder if something similar is happening in Lansing.


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Who cares if they like it. Do You want to take your kids or grandkids to a bowling alley gangs hang in waiting for trouble?
We've had a few incidents of rowdy teens running thru malls  and causing havoc where the police were called..
I bet the same feeling occurred in the 20's and 30's  Chicago with the mob


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I have no objection to every public venue having a code against offensive clothing, behavior or language. We are raising our 5 and 6 year old grand daughters, and I shouldn't have to tell them we can't go somewhere because of the people who go there.  Call me old fashioned (I am) but there needs to be some standards of decency.
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We need more dress codes.

Also, no more tights in place of pants.   While baggy pants may show a person's rear quarters, so do the tights.  It's basically like another colored skin, but the rear still shows.   I'm tired of seeing girls and women who go out in public dressed in what amounts to underwear.

Also, the only person with a hoodie at the lanes tonight was a white man.

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