Citing health concerns, the manager of a Burger King in suburban St. Louis tried to kick out a customer for not wearing shoes. Store policy is, of course, no shoes, no shirt, no service.
Problem is, the shoeless offerender was a six-month-old non-walking baby. Maybe I have issues with authority, but can’t there possibly be an exception made for, you know, a baby?
Apparently, there can. A spokesperson for the Burger King in Sunset Hills, Mo., is apologizing for the incident.
Here’s what happened:
Jennifer Frederich was waiting in line with her mother and her daughter Kaylin. The cashier was taking their order.
“The manager was standing next to him said, ‘you can order “to go” but you’re going to have to leave if she doesn’t have shoes on’. He said, ‘it’s against health code’,” Frederich said.
“The guy was still saying, ‘that lady is still here with that baby without shoes’,” Frederich said. “I just looked at him and I said, ‘that’s my daughter. She doesn’t own shoes. She’s only 6 months old’… she doesn’t walk. She’s not touching the ground. So there’s no reason for her to have shoes on.”
What’s kind of funny is that she tried to put socks on the baby’s feet to, what, placate the manager, who, drunk with power, I’m guessing, nonetheless threatened to call the police. So they just crammed down their lunch and kind of slinked out of there.
And then posted about the incident on Facebook. Hilarity ensues.
Frederich and her mom were leading 25 kids in the church youth group to a big Christian rock concert at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. They had stopped for lunch at the Burger King.
After corporate found out about the run in, they issued an apology and invited the mom/grandma/daughter trio back to the restaurant for “they royal treatment.” Better put some glass slippers on the baby, just in case.