It's like that scene out of Mean Girls, when Regina George gets seriously rebuffed at the store "5, 7, 9"—except this time it's not funny.
Fourteen-year-old Shelby Buster of Eugene, Ore., was psyched to be hitting up her local Rue 21 last week with some birthday cash in hand. But what she never could have expected was to be thrown out because of her size.
It all went down at the local Valley River Center Mall in Eugene, when she claims a clothing store clerk said, "Hey, you're too big to be in this store, I need you to leave." (Um, WHAT?!) Sadly, Buster had to wait for her friend to finish shopping before she could finally leave (and our heart breaks for how awful it must have felt to sit there after being insulted). Once she did, the teen met up with her mother and spilled the whole upsetting story. And boy, was mama Buster understandably mad…
Marge Wood-Buster marched right back into the store to complain, and actually did get an apology from an employee. But mom and daughter didn't think it really sufficed. So they took to the Rue 21 Facebook page to write publicly about the awful incident. A spokesperson for the company replied that they were "really sorry to hear this" and admitted her treatment was unacceptable and that the situation would be investigated.
But it looks like that response just wasn't fast enough—or apologetic enough—for everyone who read the Facebook post. A wave of public outcry soon followed, not to mention a ton of pledges to boycott the store.
"We have been unable to corroborate that the incident actually happened," the statement continued. "We value diversity and welcome all customers in our stores. We train our associates on inclusion and do not condone discrimination in any form."