The answer is probably, “Yes, loads of things are worse than that”. But in the view of the staff of the Marsden Brewhouse in north-west Sydney, that’s at least on the list of Undesirable Pub Occurrences.
According to a policy posted on the door of the newly-opened Marsden, staff have the right to refuse entry to anyone wearing certain Nike footwear, bumbags and male satchels – which would rule out Jerry Seinfeld in that one episode, which seems a bit harsh on Jerry.
But the harshest rule of all is the pub’s ban on “tradie-wear” after 6pm. Meaning if you want to drink a beer while simultaneously wearing hi-vis or workboots, you better get that in at lunchtime, because the Marsden Brewhouse wants no part of your ostentatious displays of working-class apparel.
Or at least, someone at the Marsden Brewhouse wants no part of it. The pub’s owner Arthur Laundy, a man of some distinction when it comes to pub-owning, stated he never approved the policy, and that it was taken down as soon as he was informed.
So the mystery remains: who, at the Marsden Brewhouse, put the dress code in place? And what did tradies ever do to them?