The Westfield company which owns the Galleria Mall in Roseville issued the following explanation for kicking out two gay customers who were holding hands and kissing each other while shopping, but it doesn’t match up with their posted rules.
From their Facebook wall:
All of our customers are welcome, and all are welcome equally — including those displaying affection. We do have rules and occasionally our security officers approach customers, inform them of the rules, and ask them to comply. We’re sorry for any misperceptions with regard to the incident reported upon yesterday. At Westfield, we celebrate the diversity of our employees, shoppers and community, and will continue to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all.
We “embrace” the Kiss In scheduled for this Saturday. We have always valued that Westfield Galleria at Roseville “Is Your Mall.”
Let’s pick this next sentence apart, shall we? “We do have rules and occasionally our security officers approach customers, inform them of the rules, and ask them to comply.”
While ranSACkedmedia couldn’t find Westfield Galleria’s rules online today, the Fox 40 reporter who first broke this story said that when she reviewed the malls posted code of conduct, there was no mention of public displays of affection.
Other Westfield malls do post their rules online, and for the most part they’re all the same except for the different mall names. You can read the official Westfield code of conduct rules for yourself below:
There is no mention whatsoever in these rules that public displays of affection is ground to ask customers to leave the property.
Many people on Facebook asked that the Galleria post the rules and fire the security guard, and to apologize to the young couple.
Westfield has yet to respond to those requests.