A South Side bar owner’s dress code is generating calls for a boycott.
Andrew Balint recently posted the dress code for Twelve Whiskey BBQ and it began circulating on social media. African-Americans in Pittsburgh began to take notice, saying the guidelines seem to target them.
“I'm not going to give my money and enrich your livelihood if you don't respect me as a person. This is a matter of respect,” said Khamil Scantling.
Twelve's dress code, titled "proper attire," contains a long list of clothing that's no longer accepted, including Timberland boots, Air Jordan sneakers, baggy clothing, flashy jewelry and hoodies.
The problem is, people like Scantling say the specificity in this list appears to target a certain demographic of people.
"I wasn't surprised. For a long time, South Side has been a place that has not welcomed the overall culture of the African-American community," she said.
Balint declined an interview with Channel 11, saying he was out of town, but he did take to Facebook to respond to recent backlash. In a post, he writes in part, "Everyone that knows me 100 percent know(s) that I cater to a more mature crowd."
Over the phone, he told Channel 11 the dress code only applies on weekends after 10 p.m., and on Thursday he issued a statement.
Baton has studied different cultures in Pittsburgh for years, and told Channel 11 there is a perception problem with the South Side right now.
While Balint told Channel 11 he no longer plans on posting the dress code, Scantling feels it's already done damage to the community.
"The city of Pittsburgh can be really the most livable city for everybody here, and I think situations like having this dress code posted at Twelve are backpedaling the progress that Pittsburgh is making," she said.
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