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A Texas woman was asked to leave grocery store by a cashier, allegedly for wearing a tee shirt, the employee was offended by.
Now, that woman has taken her case to the court of social media and is standing up for her right to shop wherever she wants regardless of her political views. You are going to love her story when you read it.
While out on a busy day of running errands, a Spring, Texas woman stopped into her friendly neighborhood Kroger Grocery to pick up a few quick things on her shopping list. Instead, she got an earful from one of the store’s employees and was denied service.
Why? Well, the woman was wearing a “Police Lives Matter, All Lives Matter” tee shirt. Apparently, the checkout clerk did not agree with the hidden sentiment of her shirt and told her to leave the store.
The tee shirt slogan, seen by many people as a direct and rather snarky counter to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been trying to reform law enforcement to become more accountable to the communities they serve, certainly does create a charged atmosphere. But how did the customer handle the situation?
Identified only as Meredith, the woman who claims to be the wife of a Spring police officer, took a picture of the shirt she was wearing and posted it to her social media. She then notified Kimberly Colley, the executive director for a group called the Blue Bow Foundation, who in turn released a public statement on her social media, saying:
“Our husbands risk their lives every single time they put on those uniforms, they’re walking targets and this is the least we can do to show there is support out there.”
Colley went on to state that her group has long supported Kroger stores but they were withdrawing that support and calling for a boycott.
While the tee shirt may seem offensive, the important takeaway for many has been the seeming lack of concern by Kroger management to deal with insubordinate and rude employees.
Some people have taken to social media to say things like:
“She should have asked for a manager. These people that want to stifle the first amendment should not work with the public. If they don’t fire the cashier they should have put her in receiving and stocking shelves.”
“…don’t do anything to eliminate the problem or the employee making the problem, then I can’t support them…”
“Kroger upper management should be concerned by the fact that low-level employees are picking and choosing who gets to shop at the store. This can’t be good for business.”
“in this part of the Country, Kroger owns the Smiths chain. I loved Smith’s, good prices and good selection. I will never step into a Smiths again. Albertsons, here I come.”
So, what do you think of this incident? Should Kroger reprimand employees who refuse service to potential customers based on the political beliefs? Or should this simply be a matter of letting the markets sort things out, with people of different views shopping at different businesses? Please share your thoughts and stories with us here.
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