PITTSBURGH — About 200 people shut down Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh during a protest Wednesday afternoon.
The protest was in response to a “dress code” that was posted on the windows at 941 Saloon, a bar located near the intersection of Liberty Avenue and Smithfield Street. It’s been there for 16 years.
Among the things listed on the flyer titled, “Our Policy,” are:
- No tank tops, cutoffs or sleeveless shirts
- No hoodies
- No athletic jerseys without collars
- All pants must be worn at the waist
- No bare midriffs
- No chained wallets
- No sweat pants
- Attire must be neat and clean
- No low hanging pants or exposed underwear
- No pajamas
- No gang related insignia
- No bandannas worn on the head
- No undershirts worn as shirts
Protesters also claim the owner has banned the word “racism” inside the bar.
When approached by Channel 11, the owner declined to comment. But a worker told Channel 11′s Rick Earle she doesn’t know why people are protesting -- and that the bar is all-inclusive and doesn’t discriminate.
She said the dress code was taken from Pittsburgh Public Schools.
Around 6:15 p.m., protesters began marching down Liberty Avenue. No arrests or incidents were reported.
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