(EUGENE, Ore.) — Fourteen-year-old Shelby Buster didn’t want to become a poster child for people who are discriminated against because of their weight.
All she wanted to do last weekend was shop for her birthday present at a Rue 21 clothing store at the Valley River Center mall in Eugene, Ore.
The way Buster explains it, she was just buying some perfume when an employee there allegedly told her, “”Hey, you’re too big to be in this store, I need you to leave.”
Buster left while a friend finished their shopping. After telling her mom what happened, Marge Wood-Buster marched into Rue 21 to give the employee a piece of her mind.
Still not satisfied with the apology, Buster took to Facebook where people sympathized with her and denounced the fashion chain for its allegedly discriminatory behavior while calling for a boycott.
The store has issued its own apology and says it will investigate the incident but so far hasn’t been able to confirm Buster’s story. Rue 21 says it does sell fashions for larger-sized women.
Meanwhile, Buster is still upset about the treatment, saying, “Seriously that’s disrespectful and rude. Just because I’m bigger than you guys are, I’m not 14 or smaller, it makes no sense why they would do that.”
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