Man not allowed to enter SBI bank in Kolkata for wearing shorts; SBI reacts

Kolkata: Debate sparked among netizens after a man in Kolkata shared on social media that he was denied entry into one of the local branches of State Bank of India (SBI) because of his attire.

Ashish, who goes by the user name @ajzone008 on Twitter, tweeted on November 16 that he had visited the bank wearing shorts. So, the bank officials didn’t allow him to enter into the bank and asked him to come back wearing full pants in order to ‘maintain decency’.

Here’s the tweet:

Emphasizing that he was not the first SBI customer to deal with such a situation, Ashish attached a link of an article on his tweet thread that reported a similar incident in Pune.

Soon, a debate sparked among tweeps over the incident. While some showed their support to the disappointed SBI customer, some others backed the ‘decency at public place’ theory.






Later, the SBI reverted to the user with a clarification note which read, “We understand and respect your concern. Let us take an opportunity to clarify that there is no policy or prescribed dress code for our customers. They can dress up as per their choice and may consider the locally acceptable norms/tradition/culture for a public place like bank branch. We request you to share the branch code/ name where you faced this issue. We will look into this.”

The issue was soon resolved and Ashish shared the updates in his latest tweets.

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