We are entitled to decide where we want to shop. I really don't care if Pete's doesn't allow backpacks. I just know I have no interest in shopping there, if that is their policy. But I don't hate them or want to organize a boycott...
It's discrimination (disparate impact or otherwise) to the same level Pete's is discriminating against nudists by forcing them to wear clothing inside the store.
I realize it may just seem like word choice to you in the abstract, but to label this as "discriminatory" (even to the degree it fits in some inactionable, technical definition of the word) in order to call out what many would view as an inconvenience (justifiable at that in some people's minds) is going to rub some people the wrong way when actual, actionable discrimination to protected classes in this society is hard enough to get people to pay attention to. That's where (speaking for myself) this whole conversation being framed in terms of "disparate impact" and "discrimination" starts to smack of entitlement.
I don't get discriminated upon by anyone for wearing a fanny pack :-\
They're making a come back!
If we aren't prepared to deal with putting in a small amount more effort in going about our business, we wouldn't ride bikes.
Wow! I'm also a TreeKeeper. This is one reason why I only carry my tree pruning tools with me around the neighborhood or if I'm doing to do some work in a specific location.