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Aussie bar bans Nike Air Max runners because ‘drug dealers’ wear them

Published 14/12/2015 | 13:19

LONDON - AUGUST 31: Limited edition Air Max series trainers designed and signed by rapper Eminem go on display at NikeTown London's Festival of Air at Nike Town on August 31, 2006 in London, England. Only eight full sets of the trainers (64 pairs of shoes in total), will be produced before they are auctioned off over a period of 4 weeks to raise funds for disadvantaged youths around the world. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON - AUGUST 31: Limited edition Air Max series trainers designed and signed by rapper Eminem go on display at NikeTown London's Festival of Air at Nike Town on August 31, 2006 in London, England. Only eight full sets of the trainers (64 pairs of shoes in total), will be produced before they are auctioned off over a period of 4 weeks to raise funds for disadvantaged youths around the world. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Kanye West. Rita Ora, and even President Obama are fans, but the humble Nike Air Max runner has been banned by one Aussie bar.

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The Herald Sun reports that The Bank bar at The Bank Hotel in Sydney has banned them because they're often worn by “drug dealers, gang members and ­undesirables”.

A 32 year old man found himself turned away one evening last month after he attempted to enter the bar togged out in his Nikes.

Seb Aylmer (32) told the Herald Sun, “I got to the door and I walked up and showed my ID and the guy said, ‘sorry, you can’t come in, you are wearing Air Max’. I thought he was joking, I thought it had to be a prank."

He logged a complaint with the bar's Facebook page and asked the owners if the shoe was really banned.

“They sent me a response back saying: ‘I know it can be difficult to understand as we all want to wear our runners out sometimes as its ­comfortable.

“However, these types of footwear are more often than not worn by less than ­desirable patrons. By that I mean they are gang members at worst case scenario, or just young men you think are gang members.

“I can honestly guarantee you that almost every single person I’ve caught selling drugs on the premises or has picked a fight has been wearing those shoes."

The response said that Seb was welcome in the hotel as long as he didn't wear TNs or Air Max trainers in order to help keep the wrong type of people out.

“I know it sounds silly but it really does work," they said.

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