Including on Remembrance Day, a.k.a. British Veterans Day.
Their pathetic, incredible explanation:
The store has stood by their dress policy, saying: “There is a long-standing tradition at Harrods that would normally preclude customers who are wearing non-civilian attire from entering the store.
“A lot of people assume that somebody in uniform is either there on official duty, which could cause them alarm, or they assume they’re a member of staff and ask them where the lavatories are and so on.”
Question one: are cops barred too unless they’re responding to an emergency? Question two: what kind of uniforms do British soldiers wear that shoppers might mistake them for Harrods security guards? Question three: assuming shoppers would occasionally mistake them for Harrods security guards, is that a reason to bar them from the premises? Question four: are Britons such hopeless slackjawed morons that the site of a soldier buying shoes might make them think the store was under attack? Question five: even on Remembrance Day, when the streets are full of them? Question six: how does Harvey Nichols manage to admit soldiers yet still continue to function? Do they pipe some sort of sedative gas into the store to keep patrons from freaking at the site of the uniform? Question seven: is the fact that the policy is “long-standing” a good thing or bad?
This makes at least two places in Britain now where the uniform isn’t welcome, the other being hospitals in Birmingham. Which brings us to question eight: might the real reason Harrods frowns on soldiers be the same as the one given in Selly Oak’s E/R?