Some St. Louis area Family Dollar stores have put up self-made signs asking customers to remove their hoods before entering their shops. The signs came in reaction to a string of crimes in Family Dollar stores, but were not approved by the corporate leaders of Family Dollar.
The signs, posted near the entrance, read, “Attn Customers: Please remove hoods before entering Family Dollar."
In the past few weeks, several Family Dollar stores have been the center of crimes, including a robbery at gunpoint and a man firing a gun in a store.
St. Louis News 4’s Jasmine Huda interviewed multiple Family Dollar shoppers to get a better sense of how the local customers feel. Some agreed with the policy, saying, “They want people's faces to be seen by the cameras. And sometimes when you have on a hood, it might block your facial view."
While some customers who wear hoods were indifferent or supported the policy, others were against it. Roger Williams said, “I would call it discrimination. That's not right. 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 headquarters did not approve these signs and began an investigation after the issue came to its attention. Public and Media Relations Manager Bryn R. Winburn said, "It is not Company policy to ask our customers to remove hoods or sweatshirts before entering our stores.”