And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you

Posted: February 4, 2009 in discrimination, stupid

In San Antonio, two women were kicked out of a shopping mall because mall security claimed they were violating the mall’s “code of conduct”.

It seems that Jessica Garcia’s girlfriend gave her a kiss on the cheek while the two were sitting on a bench.  This, according the mall director Danielle Pardue, was unacceptable behavior.  She also said mall security would have ejected anyone, gay or straight, who had done the same thing.

SAN ANTONIO — Jessica Garcia intends to prove in court that security officers at Rolling Oaks Mall unfairly targeted her and her girlfriend when they were arrested in December on trespassing and other charges.

Garcia said the officers — a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy and an employee from a private security company — began harassing them Dec. 26 because her girlfriend gave her a kiss on the cheek while sitting inside the mall on a bench.

Mall officials said the women, both 22, were acting inappropriately and were told to leave because they were not complying with the shopping center’s code of conduct.

Danielle Pardue, the mall’s marketing director, denies the women’s claims of discrimination and said security officers would evict anyone found kissing in the mall, regardless of sexual orientation.

“If our security officer feels that is disruptive to our shoppers and our business, then they have that authority to make that determination,” she said. “It’s their responsibility to make sure our shopping place is an enjoyable shopping place for everyone to be.”

The rest of the story…

Bullshit.  If there is such a policy, how in hell can it be enforced?  And do they really expect anyone to believe it would be applied equally, across the board, to any couple committing such heinous acts of random PDA?

Pardue said the mall’s code of conduct is posted at all its entrances, stating disruptive or disorderly conduct isn’t tolerated. It says nothing about kissing, however.

Simon Property Group operates both Rolling Oaks Mall and Ingram Mall in San Antonio.

“Our mall is a commercial venue that provides a shopping experience with respect to all races, religions and orientations,” Pardue said. “We would have enforced the same policies had it been a heterosexual couple.”

Sorry, that doesn’t even pass the laugh test.  If the policy isn’t posted for all to read, then it can’t be enforced.  This looks like discrimination no matter how you cut it.  Do they really expect anyone to believe that if a husband kisses his wife, the cops will kick them out?  They’d better start soon, if they don’t want to be exposed as total hypocrites.


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