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Like the Red Coats and most New York sports teams before it, American Apparel swimwear is not welcome in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Such was the experience of Philly barista and would-be recreational swimmer Lisa Conn at two different public pools in the city. According to Racked Philly, her printed bandeau and tan-colored bottoms were confused for "bra and panties," which goes against state health codes at the PA Parks and Recreation pools.
The real injustice, however, is that after being called out at the first pool, Conn showed the staff the tags of her suit, which is labeled clearly "AMERICAN APPAREL SWIM." She was admitted to that one, but was allegedly heckled by the male staff member as she proceeded to swim. At the second pool she was straight up not admitted, even after also showing staff members the tags.
American Apparel reacted in good brand fashion with the following tweet:
Conn told Racked Philly:
I feel super honored. I would just like them to know that it is beautiful of them to provide pools that improve community morale (very necessary in any city, but especially Philadelphia), and I wish that they would staff their pools with equal care so that everyone feels welcome. We all need a break from the heat and working hard. "Going for a swim" should be as simple and inviting as it sounds.Conn has yet to receive an apology from Philly's Parks and Recreation department.