A family are outraged after a father was banned from a club due to his facial tattoos.
Malcolm Ratima, of Napier on New Zealand’s North Island, was recently banned from Napier Returned Service Association, the New Zealand Herald reports.
His wife Berta Harrison-Ratima is furious and claims they have dined at the RSA for more than a decade.
She claims a member of staff told her “customers feel intimidated by people like us”.
"We've always been good customers, never complained about anything," she said.
Napier RSA confirmed it has changed its policy to News Hub.
Along with “offensive visible tattoos”, it includes no hats or headwear [unless religious or medical] or bare feet.
In a statement to the New Zealand Herald, Napier RSA apologised for the inconvenience caused to the Ratima family.
But the rule is being upheld.
"The persons were asked to leave as they did not meet the new conditions of entry policy,” the club said.
"We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused but we are legally able to enforce this policy to ensure the club continues with the standards expected of us."
Yahoo News Australia has contacted Napier RSA for comment.
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