A woman says she was recently kicked out of a Golden Corral restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania, because of her outfit and appearance.

Sueretta Emke, 25, said she hopes that by sharing her now-viral story, "even one person will change the way that they view and treat other people."

 
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Emke, who lives in Dunkirk, New York, said on May 26 she drove an hour to the restaurant in Erie, which features an all-you-can-eat buffet, with her husband, Andrew, and their young son, Aiden, to celebrate the boy's birthday with friends.

When she went to get food, Emke, who was wearing a new crop top and denim shorts, said she was approached by a manager who told her she was dressed "too provocatively" and that a customer had complained about her appearance.

The manager said she either needed to change or leave, according to Emke.

"I explained that we drove an hour there," she wrote on Facebook. "I didn't just have clothes I could change into but he didn't care."

Emke told NBC News in a phone interview Thursday that when she asked the manager if the restaurant had a dress code, he said no, "but it’s a family restaurant so if someone complains, we step in."

She then asked: "So what if I am in there and if I have a problem with someone’s religious attire, would you make them leave?"

The manager allegedly had no response. Emke left and said when she later complained to the restaurant's franchise owner, he defended the decision.

Golden Corral did not return NBC News' request for comment.