In St. Louis, Missouri, a Family Dollar has found themselves in the public spotlight after posting a simple sign requesting customers remove their hoods before entering the store. Of course, the sign sparked a liberal firestorm with cries of racism and discrimination that eventually led to the signs being removed.
With everything that’s going on around the St. Louis area (i.e. Ferguson protesters, rioters, looters) local businesses can’t be too safe when it comes to protecting their business. This may be what prompted the store to request that those entering remove their hoods.
According to KMOV, the sign read, “All Customers: Please remove hoods before entering Family Dollar.”
For the objective and unbiased thinker, this makes perfect sense in that it ensures everyone who enters the store is intent on following the rules, knowing that the cameras can get a clear shot of their face.
Kusloshiai Webb, a St. Louis resident, agreed with the sign, explaining, “They want people’s faces to be seen by the cameras and sometimes when you have on a hood, it might block your facial view.”
Judy Cardona, a customer of a St. Louis Family Dollar, echoed Webb’s sentiment by saying, “It gives you more picture of the person.”
Add in here the frequent and recent robberies that took place in the chain store’s nearby locations, and you can understand why they would have put up such a sign. As KMOVreports:
Within the past few weeks, a clerk at the Family Dollar on South Jefferson was held at gunpoint during an alleged robbery.
During a separate incident at Family Dollar’s South Grand location, a man opened fire.
Not everyone felt the sign was a reasonable security request, however, as the news outlet was called to investigate on account of the sign’s ‘discriminatory undertone.’ When asked his thoughts on the sign, one customer, Roger Williams, explained, “I would call it discrimination. That’s not right. It shouldn’t matter that you’re going in there with your hood on. If you’re not stealing, and you’re buying, purchasing something, what’s the problem? That shouldn’t be an issue.”
We here at Mad World News struggle to see the way in which anyone would believe the sign to be discriminatory as the sign applies to everyone – all races alike. In fact, such a statement is discriminatory in that it assumes only blacks walk in the cold with their hoods on, but that’s beside the point.
Family Dollar headquarters has since responded to the matter at hand, saying they were unaware of any signs. Public & Media Relations Manager Bryn R. Winburn of Family Dollar conveyed, “It is not Company policy to ask our customers to remove hoods or sweatshirts before entering our stores.”
The retail chain has also launched an “internal investigation” into the matter. Many of the stores have removed the signs on account of the public outrage.
What do you think – is it well within the store’s rights to request such a thing or do we all have the right to do as we please, so long as our actions fall within the confines of the law? Let us know in the comments.
Courtesy of Mad World News