Singer, 26, ‘forced to leave’ pool because her bikini was ‘inappropriate’
A SINGER was left “humiliated” after she felt forced to leave a swimming pool when she was told her bikini was “inappropriate”.
Yvette Harvie-Salter, 26, told SunOnline she was relaxing at Albany Stadium Pool in Auckland, New Zealand, when the female duty manager tapped her on the shoulder.
She claimed the manager told her there had been a number of complaints about the standard bikini she had been wearing during her visits over the past few months.
“I was really concerned when she tapped me on my shoulder and told me we needed to have a conversation in private,” she told SunOnline.
“She told me – ‘This is about your bikini, we’ve had a few complaints from the mums’.
“She asked me if I have any other bikinis at home and I do but they're all the same.
“And this is a standard bikini I’ve worn for the past few months.
“In that moment I instantly felt shamed and exposed. I felt I had to cover myself up.
“It was so humiliating.”
'COVER UP WITH A TOWEL'
Yvette revealed that the woman told her she needed to “cover up with a towel” if she wanted to stay at the public pool.
“Her exact words were that it's not a ‘rule’ but a few of the mums have complained about it so I have to wear something more conservative,” she said.
“Her comments were toxic, it really felt like discrimination. I don’t want any woman to have to go through this.
"It just feels like body shaming, really. I am really hurt by it."
Yvette pointed out that men were allowed to wear "tiny little Speedos" and they had never been told to cover up.
After she felt shamed into leaving the pool on Saturday, Yvette and her partner demanded a refund for their visit.
She has been going to the pool three times a week for several years, but she now vowed never to return.
Auckland Council, which runs the pool, has now apologised to Yvette over the distressing incident.
Rob McGee, head of active recreation, said he was disappointed a customer was made to feel unwelcome at the pool she regularly used.
"On behalf of the lifeguard who spoke to the customer and the team at Albany, I would like to offer a sincere apology to the customer.
"We are sorry she was made to feel uncomfortable, and the lifeguard who passed on the feedback from other pool users now realises this wasn't the right thing to do."
Mr McGee said Yvette was given a refund and left the pool.
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"She was never asked to leave, however we understand her decision.
"We will be contacting the customer directly to apologise and ensure she knows she is welcome back anytime."
Mr McGee said there were no rules banning certain types of swimwear at Auckland Council pools.
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