Woman says she was turned away from local bar due to weight

by: Alyana Gomez Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

It was supposed to be girl’s night out to unwind over a couple of drinks.

“I put on my outfit, my full face of makeup and I'm feeling great about myself. I just put in two hours at the gym,” the woman said.

The woman, who wishes to conceal her identity, says it was her first time visiting Jim's Place in Arlington.


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She tells Action News that she got through security, but was stopped by the owner who wanted to know if she was pregnant.

“I didn't get offended until he pulled me back and said ‘Well are you sure?’ and I'm like ‘I'm sure I'm not pregnant’. I would know if I was pregnant and he pointed to the sign that evidently said ‘No Pregnant Women Allowed,’” the woman said.

Accusations quickly turned to outright insults.


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“I stormed out in tears and my friend was like ‘What's going on? Are you serious? She's not pregnant.’ And he said, ‘Well that's fine, get your fat a** out too,’” the woman said.

The woman wants a public apology, so Action News reporter Alyana Gomez went to Jim's Place hoping to get her one. The owner pointed Gomez, who is seven months pregnant, to the sign that reads “No Pregnant Women”

By law, this private business owner can't discriminate against race or gender, but can refuse a customer for other reasons like weight.