A woman was bewildered when a waiter ordered her to take off her sun hat on a blisteringly hot day.
She was sitting in a pub garden on Saturday when she was told by staff that she must remove her hat so she could be seen by CCTV.I'm assuming he meant only 'briefly', rather than 'for the duration of your stay'..?
Shortly afterwards the perplexed pub-goer messaged Sussex Police to see if the venue was within its rights to do so.
A Sussex Police spokesman said the force has “no policy for asking licensed premises to request that patrons remove headgear and would not involve themselves in enforcement of any such requirement in individual premises”.
But a Wetherspoon spokesman said it was necessary for pub staff to ask customers to remove all hats when visiting any of its UK venues.They. of course, say that it's to assist the police:
Eddie Gershon, speaking for the pub chain, said: “ We apologise for the inconvenience caused to the lady.
“However, customers are asked to remove their hats in all of our pubs and outside spaces.
“The reason is that if there is an issue in our pubs and we need to hand over CCTV to the police, then they are able to clearly identify people.
“This is not able to be done if people are wearing hats.”Or burkhas. Luckily, you won't get people wearing those in a pub. Though it might be fun to see what they'd do if someone did walk in with one...
The spokesman also added that if a customer has a specific reason for wanting to keep their hat on, either for religious or health reasons, they are not made to remove it, just asked to look at the camera momentarily.Hmmm.