Oklahoma liquor store faced backlash over ‘offensive’ sign in their window

One liquor store in Oklahoma put up a sign that generated backlash …

We all want to live in a world where prejudice, hate and bullying have no place, but maybe we all agree there’s a difference between stamping out genuinely offensive things, and pretending to be offended to generate some sort of drama.

Nowadays it’s fairly common for people to end up ‘outed’ on the internet because of something they’ve said or done. Becoming the controversial center-piece of an online storm really is just a few clicks away …

One liquor store which was in Oklahoma, Midwest Wine, and Spirits, found this out after they had put a sign up in their shop window that read: “Pull your pants up or don’t come in.”

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The sign further read: “Try to have some decency and respect for others. No one wants to see your underwear.”

They’re not directly attacking any specific group or discriminating based on political or religious views or anything like that. However, a number of people were clearly angered by the sign, as well as the notion that the store thought they had the right to tell people what they could and could not wear.

It wasn’t long before the sign was uploaded to the internet, where online denizens could continue the debate at large. And continue it they did.

The debacle was reported to quickly go viral.

“I realize wearing pants low is a fashion statement for some, but it doesn’t work for me and I find it somewhat offensive.”, Chad Gilbert, one of the store’s managers, defended the sign, saying.

An employee at the store added: “Usually, when people come in with their pants sagging, it’s easier for them to steal bottles.”

Sunshine Weatherby, a local customer of the store commented: “I can see that if it was like a church. There are families there, you might have a problem with that, but this is a liquor store. I’ve seen worse at a liquor store.”

What do you think to the debate? Did the liquor store do anything wrong by putting up the sign? Or are people making too much of it? Let us know in the comments.

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