QT Hotel Melbourne refuses entry to Perth holidaymakers after calling Birkenstocks ‘flip-flops’

The latest hotel dress code controversy has hit QT hotel — this time in Melbourne — after a group of Perth holidaymakers were refused entry due to their fashion choices.

A pair of men — who say they felt “targeted” by security — were refused entry from QT Melbourne’s rooftop after they were donning footwear made popular by Roman emperors, Birkenstocks.

Perth men Cy Jackson and Leon Guthrie — who were visiting Melbourne to support the West Coast Eagles in their round one clash — allege the hotel’s security asked them to leave the venue after they deemed Birkenstocks went against the venue’s dress code.

Speaking to PerthNow, Cy Jackson said security asked them to leave after referring to their Birkenstocks as “flip-flops”.

“You can’t come in here with flip flops they told us. I was shocked to hear the security guard refer to my $160 Birkenstocks as flip-flops,” Perth man Cy Jackson said.

Camera IconA Birkenstock worn by Leon Guthrie Credit: PerthNow

Controversially, the men allege another customer — who was not with the group and was wearing “plastic thongs” — was allowed to enter the venue without being intercepted by security as they referred to their Birkenstocks.

“We felt targeted as was another person in the lift with plastic thongs who didn’t get asked to get out of the lift.

“We tried to explain they were Birkenstocks and we couldn’t even see any signage relating to dress code information.

“We were already in the elevator… it completely spoiled our day,” Cy Jackson said.

PerthNow has reached out to QT Melbourne for comment.

The controversial call comes as QT Hotel in Perth refused American rapper Post Malone over his face tattoos.

Post Malone pictured leaving Perth Airport today.
Camera IconPost Malone pictured leaving Perth Airport. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

Malone — who exclusively spoke to The West Australian — said “they turned me away for my tattoos… I’ve never really experienced anything like that”.

Backtracking on their decision, QT Hotel Perth later issued a statement to apologise for turning away the music icon.

“At QT, we aim to welcome everyone and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual. QT has recognised this for many years,” the statement read.

“However, on Saturday night our third-party security did not exercise the appropriate discretion and we take full responsibility for this.

“We sincerely apologise to the individuals affected.”

Signage outlining QT Perth’s rooftop bar dress code — which can be enforced at the discretion of management — strongly prohibits “face, neck, and offensive tattoos”.

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