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I had a negative experience that I had at Festival Bay this past Saturday, June 26th, 2010. In short, my friends and I were the victims of prejudice at one of your vendor's stores. I am a young, successful professional woman and I can honestly say that I have never been so insulted in my life.

Orlando is a tourist destination beloved by people all around the world, and Festival Bay is in the heart of that action. It would be a shame for your lovely shopping center to be given a bad name based on the hurtful actions of one ignorant person.

While visiting Festival Bay for our first time, my two friends and I were taking in the various shopping choices that were available. After stopping in a few shops, we happened upon a store called Zirbes Emporium. Curiosity got the better of us, and we entered the store. As soon as we began browsing the merchandise, the manager started harassing us. First, she asked me the typical question most sale attendants ask to assist you upon arrival, "Can I help you?" I politely responded back that I was just browsing - as I actually did not have a clue what the store contained. At this point she started in with what I consider to be verbally inappropriate. She told me "Excuse me, but we only allow adults in the store." With a fully surprised look on my face, I looked her dead in the eye and responded "We ARE adults, I am 26 years old." She continued with her rude pestering by stating that she only wants "paying customers only". I countered that if my money isn't good enough, I am more than happy to leave. I called to my friends that we are done, and we all exited the store immediately.

I am not sure what could have possibly triggered this kind of treatment, but I am wise enough to know that it isn't my duty to find out. Also, I am a reasonable woman, if I would have disrespected the store manager or the merchandise in any fashion then it is her right to ask us to leave. I can assure you with confidence that her attacks were truly unwarranted. We were not even speaking loudly. To not want us in her store based on her opinion that I probably won't secure her a sale is beyond ludicrous. Deducing this conclusion solely based upon a physical evaluation is prejudice at its worst.

Last time I checked, we are living in America, and the year is 2010. But honestly, the worst outcome of this whole fiasco is that my friends were really hurt. They are two young black American women and this is not the first time they have encountered this type of disgrace.

I have no desire to return to Zirbes Emporium!

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I had a negative experience that I had at Festival Bay this past Saturday, June 26th, 2010. In short, my friends and I were the victims of prejudice at one of your vendor's stores. I am a young, successful professional woman and I can honestly say that I have never been so insulted in my life.

Orlando is a tourist destination beloved by people all around the world, and Festival Bay is in the heart of that action. It would be a shame for your lovely shopping center to be given a bad name based on the hurtful actions of one ignorant person.

While visiting Festival Bay for our first time, my two friends and I were taking in the various shopping choices that were available. After stopping in a few shops, we happened upon a store called Zirbes Emporium. Curiosity got the better of us, and we entered the store. As soon as we began browsing the merchandise, the manager started harassing us. First, she asked me the typical question most sale attendants ask to assist you upon arrival, "Can I help you?" I politely responded back that I was just browsing - as I actually did not have a clue what the store contained. At this point she started in with what I consider to be verbally inappropriate. She told me "Excuse me, but we only allow adults in the store." With a fully surprised look on my face, I looked her dead in the eye and responded "We ARE adults, I am 26 years old." She continued with her rude pestering by stating that she only wants "paying customers only". I countered that if my money isn't good enough, I am more than happy to leave. I called to my friends that we are done, and we all exited the store immediately.

I am not sure what could have possibly triggered this kind of treatment, but I am wise enough to know that it isn't my duty to find out. Also, I am a reasonable woman, if I would have disrespected the store manager or the merchandise in any fashion then it is her right to ask us to leave. I can assure you with confidence that her attacks were truly unwarranted. We were not even speaking loudly. To not want us in her store based on her opinion that I probably won't secure her a sale is beyond ludicrous. Deducing this conclusion solely based upon a physical evaluation is prejudice at its worst.

Last time I checked, we are living in America, and the year is 2010. But honestly, the worst outcome of this whole fiasco is that my friends were really hurt. They are two young black American women and this is not the first time they have encountered this type of disgrace.

I have no desire to return to Zirbes Emporium!

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I had a negative experience that I had at Festival Bay this past Saturday, June 26th, 2010. In short, my friends and I were the victims of prejudice at one of your vendor's stores. I am a young, successful professional woman and I can honestly say that I have never been so insulted in my life.

Orlando is a tourist destination beloved by people all around the world, and Festival Bay is in the heart of that action. It would be a shame for your lovely shopping center to be given a bad name based on the hurtful actions of one ignorant person.

While visiting Festival Bay for our first time, my two friends and I were taking in the various shopping choices that were available. After stopping in a few shops, we happened upon a store called Zirbes Emporium. Curiosity got the better of us, and we entered the store. As soon as we began browsing the merchandise, the manager started harassing us. First, she asked me the typical question most sale attendants ask to assist you upon arrival, "Can I help you?" I politely responded back that I was just browsing - as I actually did not have a clue what the store contained. At this point she started in with what I consider to be verbally inappropriate. She told me "Excuse me, but we only allow adults in the store." With a fully surprised look on my face, I looked her dead in the eye and responded "We ARE adults, I am 26 years old." She continued with her rude pestering by stating that she only wants "paying customers only". I countered that if my money isn't good enough, I am more than happy to leave. I called to my friends that we are done, and we all exited the store immediately.
I am not sure what could have possibly triggered this kind of treatment, but I am wise enough to know that it isn't my duty to find out. Also, I am a reasonable woman, if I would have disrespected the store manager or the merchandise in any fashion then it is her right to ask us to leave. I can assure you with confidence that her attacks were truly unwarranted. We were not even speaking loudly. To not want us in her store based on her opinion that I probably won't secure her a sale is beyond ludicrous. Deducing this conclusion solely based upon a physical evaluation is prejudice at its worst.

Last time I checked, we are living in America, and the year is 2010. But honestly, the worst outcome of this whole fiasco is that my friends were really hurt. They are two young black American women and this is not the first time they have encountered this type of disgrace.

I have no desire to return to Zirbes Emporium!!

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I had a negative experience that I had at Festival Bay this past Saturday, June 26th, 2010. In short, my friends and I were the victims of prejudice at one of your vendor's stores. I am a young, successful professional woman and I can honestly say that I have never been so insulted in my life.

Orlando is a tourist destination beloved by people all around the world, and Festival Bay is in the heart of that action. It would be a shame for your lovely shopping center to be given a bad name based on the hurtful actions of one ignorant person.

While visiting Festival Bay for our first time, my two friends and I were taking in the various shopping choices that were available. After stopping in a few shops, we happened upon a store called Zirbes Emporium. Curiosity got the better of us, and we entered the store. As soon as we began browsing the merchandise, the manager started harassing us. First, she asked me the typical question most sale attendants ask to assist you upon arrival, "Can I help you?" I politely responded back that I was just browsing - as I actually did not have a clue what the store contained. At this point she started in with what I consider to be verbally inappropriate. She told me "Excuse me, but we only allow adults in the store." With a fully surprised look on my face, I looked her dead in the eye and responded "We ARE adults, I am 26 years old." She continued with her rude pestering by stating that she only wants "paying customers only". I countered that if my money isn't good enough, I am more than happy to leave. I called to my friends that we are done, and we all exited the store immediately.
I am not sure what could have possibly triggered this kind of treatment, but I am wise enough to know that it isn't my duty to find out. Also, I am a reasonable woman, if I would have disrespected the store manager or the merchandise in any fashion then it is her right to ask us to leave. I can assure you with confidence that her attacks were truly unwarranted. We were not even speaking loudly. To not want us in her store based on her opinion that I probably won't secure her a sale is beyond ludicrous. Deducing this conclusion solely based upon a physical evaluation is prejudice at its worst.

Last time I checked, we are living in America, and the year is 2010. But honestly, the worst outcome of this whole fiasco is that my friends were really hurt. They are two young black American women and this is not the first time they have encountered this type of disgrace.

I have no desire to return to Zirbes Emporium!!

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