Aussie bar bans Nike Air Max runners because ‘drug dealers’ wear them
Kanye West. Rita Ora, and even President Obama are fans, but the humble Nike Air Max runner has been banned by one Aussie bar.
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.