Reports have been swarming across the internet that a woman was asked to leave Costa Coffee for wearing sportswear. And it’s sparked a huge debate.
Davina Ward was wearing a sports bra and leggings, having just finished a Personal Training session.
The PT took to Twitter to share her embarrassment at the situation, and later told the Sutton Guardian: “I’ve never been so angry in my life… I’m absolutely fuming.
“Why would they let me sit down and then embarrass me by telling me to leave?”
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The 35-year-old had entered the coffee shop with a friend, and had also been to Nandos (where she received no comments regarding her dress).
She went on to say: “I spend all my life in my gym kit, that’s how I get most of my business.
“I feel like I’ve been thrown out on the basis of being fit and healthy.”
According to the report, the barista at Costa said that she had not approached Davina to leave, but to cover up.
The barista said: “It’s health and safety, and common sense. We have plenty of people coming in from the gym, [it wasn’t] because it was a bra and because it was a girl.
“I wouldn’t allow anyone to sit in without a top.”
Costa’s head of communications has said that the company was investigating the incident, and has apologised for “any offence caused”.
She said: “We’d like to assure customers that our stores are warm and welcoming environments and we will be looking to reassess our training policy with our teams immediately.”
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