'We Were All Shocked': Family Upset After Hotel Bar Turns Away Navy Officer During Fleet Week

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Standard hotel in Manhattan is a posh getaway. How posh? Well, a Navy officer was reportedly denied entrance into the cocktail lounge during Fleet Week because her service uniform wasn't considered classy enough. 

The unidentified sailor and some of her friends were stopped at the elevator which led to the Top of The Standard lounge on Saturday night, CBS New York reports. Ryan O’Connor, the husband of the sailor’s cousin, said a bouncer wouldn’t let the group through and informed them that there was a dress code.

“I said, ‘Wait, are you rejecting us because someone is in a service uniform?’ He kind of rolled his eyes and wouldn’t budge," O'Connor told the Daily News. “I was wearing a $400 blazer and dress shoes. We were all dressed nice. The only person sticking out was the Navy officer.”

O’Connor allegedly asked the hotel’s front desk to help, but the group was told that rejection was at the “lounge’s discretion.”

“We were all shocked and upset,” he said. “This was Memorial Day weekend and walking distance from Ground Zero. This should have been a no-brainer.”

A manager at Top of The Standard & Le Bain emailed the family to apologize for the incident and invited the sailor, who is from Rhode Island, back to the hotel bar.

“We most certainly do appreciate and take a lot of pride (in) all the young people giving their lives to defend our nation,” manager Nayara Branco wrote to the family in the email on Sunday.

“As per regular protocol, our team at the Top of The Standard is instructed to enforce a dress code — which obviously should not apply to military uniforms," the email continued. "Once again, our sincere apologies for the miscommunication at our end, the issue has been brought to all of our team’s attention and it will certainly not repeat itself."

Branco added that it would be a “great honor” to host the sailor and her colleagues.

“I’m calling on The Standard to really examine its policies. People serving our country should be a priority,” he said. “The fact that her uniform wasn’t labeled Versace shouldn’t have prevented her from going in.”

The sailor has since left the city.

Sources: CBS New York, NY Daily News

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