An upscale Detroit restaurant has sparked an outrage among stoners and social justice warriors for posting their dress code on Facebook — which includes not stinking of marijuana.
The Caucus Club Detroit also reminded people that hoodies and jerseys are not acceptable attire and that people should, at minimum, be wearing business casual attire if they come in to eat.
“Seriously people, hoodies and jerseys are not business attire. Neither are ball caps 🧢 and sneakers 👟. Most importantly, if you smell like marijuana don’t even think of stepping inside the Caucus Club,” the post read. They also used the hashtags #keepitclassy, #nocheechandchong, and #theydontservehotdogs.
Naturally, people who most likely can’t afford to dine there flooded the comments calling the establishment “classist” and “racist” — demanding that they are boycotting and will never eat there.
“This is a thinly veiled attempt at racism. Trying to racially profile before your clients even show up?!?! Probably a kiss of death for the establishment. I’ll never eat there,” a person named Eric Lloyd wrote.
When customers started to tell Lloyd that he was reaching, he stood by his claim, saying “nope. Look it up. Common practice to discriminate by inconsistent enforcement of a bullshit policy.”
A woman named Angelica Lizette wrote, “this is coded language for racism and is likely going to be used as a tool to prevent Black and POC Detroiter’s from dining here. Horrible decision to make such a post. You have lost so much business for such an ‘upscale’ restaurant you would think more thought would have gone in to a post like this. Shame on you!!!”
When someone in the comments told her to shut up, she wrote “of course a Caucasian has something to say. How on brand!!” After her own racism was pointed out to her, she claimed that you cannot be racist against white people because of power structures, or some nonsense.
The restaurant’s owner, George Sboukis, told local Fox affiliate station WJBK that customers have been complaining about other guests smelling like marijuana and that people have not been adhering to the dress code during the pandemic.
“It was a reminder with a little bit of sauce just to get people’s attention. I don’t mean any harm by it,” Sboukis said. “We’ve had people celebrating their 50th (anniversary) last week, the week before that. They’re getting dressed up, they’re putting on an evening gown, their earrings, their best suit. They’re coming out to celebrate and they expect to be surrounded by like-minded guests.”
“It’s so pungent, some of the guests have commented, ‘It smells like you’re seated next to a dead skunk,’” he added.
When asked about the allegations of racism leveled at him, Sboukis pointed out the soft bigotry of low expectations.
“I have to tell you I’m really offended by that both personally and as a citizen. For starters to try and insinuate that any group of people is incapable of following a code, is in itself a racist statement,” he said. “If you scroll through the social media, you’ll also notice a big hole in my family — my adopted son died two years ago this May. He was 21. He’d be 23 now, and he died in a car accident. He was African and Greek descent, and he was, that’s my family.”
People who seem to be actual customers of the Caucus Club Detroit all seemed pleased with the announcement.