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St. Louis Family Dollar stores’ request that customers remove hoodies causes ‘racism’ stir

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:

But most found the charges of racism absurd, including these Twitter users:

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Carmine Sabia

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