To some, a simple request to help quell crime is racist.
After a recent spate of thefts at St. Louis-area Family Dollar locations, some of the stores posted signs asking customers to “please remove hoods before entering” the store, KMOV reported.
Some shoppers understood the stores’ position and were happy to cooperate.
“They want people’s faces to be seen by the cameras,” customer Kusloshiai Webb told KMOV. ”Sometimes, when you have on a hood, it might block your facial view.”
Another shopper, Judy Cardona, agreed, saying a bare head “gives you more picture of the person.”
Others, though, were quick to accuse the stores of racism.
“I would call it discrimination. That’s not right,” shopper Roger Williams told KMOV. “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.”
Family Dollar’s corporate office said it didn’t OK the ban.
“It is not company policy to ask our customers to remove hoods or sweatshirts before entering our stores,” Bryn R. Winburn, Family Dollar’s public and media relations manager, told KMOV.
At least one person on Twitter called the policy racist:
First Trayvon was murdered for his hoodie, now these racists want to bar any Black folk with hoods from their stores. @FamilyDollar #KKK
— Liberals Win (@LiberalsKickAss) January 4, 2015
But most found the charges of racism absurd, including these Twitter users:
How is this whole @myfamilydollar good thing racist? I’m white and I wear my good constantly. Not everything is race based. #smh
— Joe McCauley (@joemcc2016) January 4, 2015
NO HOODIES Rule !!! Liberals scream RACISM when Family Dollar posts “Remove Hoods” Sign….. http://t.co/DkrNgNAqnL pic.twitter.com/ZLuyqqgvur
— Agent Pierce (@TheAgentPierce) January 3, 2015
@LiberalsKickAss @familydollar merchants have a right to have a dress code shirts shoe’s no Hoodie nothing racist about it
— Rick Wendland (@Rickw1979) January 4, 2015
@LiberalsKickAss @familydollar This says nothing about race? You’re the racist for thinking only blacks wear hoodies. pic.twitter.com/8SNJOCHbJe
— Ronnie Boone (@Robomuse) January 4, 2015
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