'You can't go shopping dressed like that': 'Abusive' woman kicked out of Wal-Mart for wearing bikini top in store
- She angrily says she'll sue for discrimination
Last updated at 1:46 PM on 4th August 2011
Bikini no-go: Sandy McMillin says she was kicked out of Wall-Mart for wearing this bikini top and will now sue for discrimination
A woman claims she was told to leave a Wal-Mart store because she was wearing a bikini top.
Sandy McMillin says she was looking round a Wal-Mart in Eugene, Oregon when a staff member confronted her and claimed she may be violating health regulations.
Temperatures had hit 90c and Ms McMillin, who had popped in to buy some sour cream, chips and coffee creamer, was wearing the tiny turquoise garment to keep cool.
She had actually bought the $10 bikini top from the same Wal-Mart store.
‘I was horrified,’ the 51-year-old told KVAL News. ‘It’s wrong. If you don't like the way someone looks, don’t look at them.
‘I am embarrassed. I hadn't done anything obnoxious or outlandish.’
Ms McMillin, who walks with a cane after sustaining injuries in motorcycle crashes, is now planning to sue for discrimination and her attorney suggested she may have been unfairly treated because she is disabled.
But a spokeswoman for the Arkansas-based retail giant disputed Ms McMillin’s version of events, saying that she was ‘verbally abusive’ to other shoppers after they complained about her appearance.
The spokeswoman said Ms McMillin was never asked to leave but conceded: ‘We can understand her frustration. It was not our intent to offend the customer, and we have apologised to her.’
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Denial: Wall-Mart says McMillin was verbally abusive and deny she was told to put on a shirt or get out
Calls to release the in-store surveillance video to clear up the story have been rebuffed by Wal-Mart, which said it only gives CCTV footage to police for investigations.
A life-long shopper at the chain, Ms McMillin has vowed never to buy from there again.
In an interview with KVAL News, she said her shaven head was inspired by Sinead O’Connor after being involved in a horrific motorcycle crash.
‘I spent three and a half months in a coma,’ she said of the accident which left her with severe head injuries. ‘So I said, Sinead O'Connor had the right idea back in 1990.’
In 2009, three men set up the website www.peopleofwalmart.com to highlight the unique nature of some of the store's shoppers, including their bizarre dress sense.
The site features pictures of absurdly dressed customers taken by shoppers across the U.S.
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