On February 27, 2010, I had the worst birthday celebration at Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge. Lucky Strike?s dress code policy seems to be unfairly enforced and directed at keeping certain groups out. The night my friends and I went, the dress code was not enforced to all their customers. My friend who is a black male and 20-year veteran of the NYPD, was not allowed access to my reserved birthday party because he wore ACG Nike boots (BOOTS NOT LISTED ON THEIR DRESS CODE), while White attendees wearing construction boots (BOOTS LISTED ON THEIR DRESS CODE) were allowed in. After carefully reading over the dress code, we found it to have racial undertones and built on stereotyping groups who wear particular clothing. The dress code openly states that the following clothing and shoes are not permitted: (Athletic wear, sweats or sports jerseys, MC colors, Excessively baggy clothing (Tuck-ins are not permitted), Sleeveless T-shirts, Plain white T-shirts (short or long sleeve), Construction boots, Headgear, Chains, Ripped or soiled clothing). This dress code appears to be directed at people of color ?..urban America, the hip hop community. My friends and I who are professionals in all fields will of course never go back to an establishment, like Lucky Strike Lanes and Lounge, which sets, enforces and promotes racial profiling or stereotyping of any kind. Don?t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a franchise setting a dress code, if it is directed at people of all races and it is enforced across the board to all its customers, at all its locations, at all times.
Cons: Dress Code