MoneyPenny staff say they are happy wearing what they like to work. Picture: MoneyPenny/Facebook
MoneyPenny staff say they are happy wearing what they like to work. Picture: MoneyPenny/Facebook

Customer slams barmaids’ ‘revealing’ outfit

A SMALL bar owner has come out swinging in defence of his staff after an online reviewer claimed their "revealing" skirts made them feel uncomfortable.

The savage one-star critique of Newcastle's MoneyPenny bar and restaurant was posted on Saturday on the establishment's Facebook page.

"Maybe you should dress your staff in better uniform, trying to relax with a quiet drink, and staff are bent over in very revealing skirts where you see their business," the angry diner wrote. "Very inappropriate. Certainly not professional."

However, MoneyPenny owner, Paul Davies, let rip at the reviewer with a passionate reply on Monday, which began: "The only thing inappropriate here is you publicly sl*t-shaming someone in 2018 …"

The bar has hit back at the review. Picture: MoneyPenny /Facebook
The bar has hit back at the review. Picture: MoneyPenny /Facebook

Mr Davies later told the Newcastle Herald he had been left frustrated and disappointed by the customer's online criticism - adding they should have voiced their concerns with him face-to-face.

"Review platforms are provided for people to pass personal critique on their perception of food and drink quality, the level of service and overall atmosphere," Mr Davies told the newspaper.

"Since when has it become acceptable to pass judgment on the physical appearance of one of the staff members and then assign that judgment to the business where the employee works?"

He also defended his bar's uniform policy.

"I believe for customers to love a company; your staff need to love it first," he told the Herald. "For me, I know I feel much more comfortable wearing my own clothes so why shouldn't they enjoy the same freedoms?

MoneyPenny is described as a “contemporary small bar”. Picture: MoneyPenny/Facebook
MoneyPenny is described as a “contemporary small bar”. Picture: MoneyPenny/Facebook

"If I can give my staff a confident mindset before they have even left the house, I'm already one step of the way towards providing an enjoyable work environment in which people want to spend time in."

An employee at the bar, 21-year-old Ella added that the review was "unnecessary".

"It's nice to be able to wear what you want to and not have a separate wardrobe for what you'd usually wear," she told the Herald.

The diner has since deleted the review.


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