A salon near Dearborn, Michigan has come under fire after a “no men” sign was posted outside while a Muslim customer was served.
According to The Herald, the woman who posted the sign no longer has a job after her manager found out, however, the salon's corporate office said she had already issued notice she was leaving prior to this incident.
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The sign posted in the window of SmartStyle Family Hair Salon read “NO MEN PLEASE!” in all capital letters and offered no explanation as to why.
SmartStyle's corporate offices issued a statement saying, “SmartStyle welcomes all guests, and we apologize to anyone who was offended by the piece of paper taped to the salon window.”
“The message was inappropriate and it does not reflect our standards or beliefs; our goal is to offer a quality experience to all guests. Again, our apologies to anyone who was offended,” they added.
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Photos of the sign emerged online and gathered a lot of attention both negative and positive.
Store manager Erika Van Etten responded to the sign saying, “We are not allowed to close the salon under any circumstances for anyone. If someone has a head scarf we are to let them know that we cannot close the salon and if a man comes in we cannot stop them.”
Van Etten explained how the employee who posted the sign did so without permission. “I was not here for this incident and this was the result of a former employee taking it upon herself to do her own thing,” she said. “I reiterate that this is a former employee that has been taken care of. As far as what happened. I apologize for anyone who gots offended by this sign however again I was not here for the incident.”
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