Nottingham Trent Student Amrik Singh said he felt “frustrated” and “heartbroken” when he was asked to leave Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, because he was wearing a turban.
Amrik, 22, went to Rush Late Bar whilst he was on a work outing with friends from the Bhastia Best Solicitors on a Friday evening. He was told that the club had a “no headwear” policy.
He said in the incident he felt “confused” as he was also wearing a coat. He began to take the coat off in the club and was then told, “no, you have to remove the head gear on your head”.
He was allowed in the club no questions asked. Not one query about his coat, turban or anything. Amrik said he “didn’t even get ID’d” upon entering the club.
Amrik said that this certainly is not the first time he’s experienced racial discrimination. He says he knows the situation all to well, after experiencing it when he was younger.
“I want to educate people, get them to learn.”
Amrik Singh explains his opinion on the incident
In a recording of the incident that Amrik took, bouncers who work for the club can be heard saying that no headgear is “just their policy” and that they “didn’t think you were allowed to come for a drink anyway”.
A recording of what happened with the bouncers after the incident
Amrik said he had to leave his friends after the incident and did not even want to step foot back in the club. He was “too upset to go back in the club”. And even though this happened, he says he now wants to “educate people and get them to learn”.
Rush Late Bar posted this statement to their official Facebook page.
We are extremely concerned about the incident that occurred last night. We are treating the whole incident extremely…
CBJ News has contacted the bar for further comment, but we have not had a reply.