A Texas woman claimed that a cashier at her local grocery store refused to ring her up because she was wearing a “Police Lives Matter” T-shirt.
A woman named Meredith, who requested that her last name be kept private, told KTRK that she was at her local Kroger in Spring, Texas, when a teenage cashier denied her service because of the shirt.
“She made me feel ashamed to have the shirt on and I don’t appreciate that,” Meredith said.
The woman said that the cashier walked away from her register after refusing to ring her up and went to talk to a coworker. She then overheard the employees’ conversation.
“She was stating that the shirt I had on was basically a slap in the face to her and she was doing everything she could not to cry,” she said.
Meredith said that she wore the shirt because her husband is a police officer and that she didn’t intend to offend anybody. She added that she complained to the store about the incident several times, but did not receive a response.
Meredith told KTRK that she didn’t want the cashier who denied her service to be fired, but that she simply wanted everybody to be able to freely express themselves.
“It’s important that people in the service industry know that no matter what, if someone walked in with a Black Lives Matter shirt on they needed to still be serviced,” she said.
Meredith shared her story with local news and with Kimberly Colley, executive director of the Blue Bow Foundation — an organization that supports police officers and their families. Colley, whose husband is also a police officer, said she was shocked by Kroger’s lack of response regarding the incident.
“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 told KMOV, Mad World News reported.
Readers shared their thoughts on the story on Mad World News’ Facebook page.
“If I was the manager of the store I would fire the cashier and hold a meeting to tell everybody else that is under my employ that your personal feelings don’t matter when it comes to our customers,” one reader commented.
“This is shocking,” another user wrote. “[That] employee should be fired as well as the manager who allowed this situation..if this doesn’t happen then we need to boycott that store and the whole chain..I wouldn’t shop in a place that treats customers in such a wrong disgraceful way.”