The latest controversy over hotel dress codes has hit the QT Hotel – this time in Melbourne – after a group of holidaymakers in Perth were refused entry over their fashion choices.
A pair of men – who said they felt ‘targeted’ by security – were denied entry from the roof of QT Melbourne after they wore shoes famously worn by Roman emperors, the Birkenstocks.
Perth men C. Jackson and Leon Guthrie – who were visiting Melbourne to support the West Coast Eagles in their Round 1 match – claimed they were told to leave the venue by hotel security after they deemed Birkenstocks to have breached the venue’s dress code.
Speaking to PerthNow, Cy Jackson said security told them to leave after referring to their Birkenstocks as “flip-flops”.
“You can’t come here with flip flops they told us. I was shocked to hear the security guard refer to my $160 Birkenstocks as flip flops,” Perth man Cy Jackson said.
Controversially, the men claim that another customer – who was not with the group and was wearing a “plastic thong” – was allowed to enter the venue uninterrupted by security when they pointed to Birkenstocks.
“We felt targeted as another person in the elevator was wearing plastic thongs and was not asked to get off the elevator.
“We tried to explain that they are Birkenstocks and we couldn’t even see any signage regarding dress code information.
“We were already in the elevator… It totally ruined our day,” said Cy Jackson.
PerthNow has reached out to QT Melbourne for comment.
The controversial call comes as US rapper Post Malone was turned down by the QTV Hotel Perth over his facial tattoos.
Malone – who spoke to him exclusively Western Australia – He said “They turned me away because of my tattoos… I’ve never experienced anything like that”.
Reversing their decision, QT Hotel Perth later issued a statement apologizing for the music icon’s refusal.
“At QT, we aim to welcome everyone and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. QT has recognized this for many years.”
However, on Saturday night, third party security did not exercise appropriate discretion and we take full responsibility for this.
“We sincerely apologize to the affected individuals.”
Signs outlining a dress code on surfaces at QT Perth – which can be enforced at management’s discretion – strictly prohibit “offensive face, neck and tattoos”.
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