Monday, February 17, 2014

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Carlsbad mall security banishes steampunk group

Over 40 people in steampunk garb (Victorian dress meets sci-fi/time traveler) were turned away from the Westfield Plaza Mall in Carlsbad on February 9 -- mall security told them to leave because they were breaking the mall's "code of conduct."

 The code states that "wearing apparel that disguises, obscures or conceals the face" is not allowed.

 Lisa Vaca, one of those costumed, stated, "Since none of us had any part of our faces obscured, we respectfully pointed it out to the three security guards, and then their new reason for asking us to leave was a mix of 'this is private property so we can refuse entrance to anyone,' and 'a group of this number needs to call ahead first to get permission,' and, our favorite, 'recently we had a big problem with a vampire group who showed up here....'