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Employees Refuse Service Over Blue Lives Matter Shirts

| by David Bonner
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Two employees at separate stores of the Kroger grocery store chain have refused to serve customers because of their support for law enforcement.

The most recent incident happened on Oct. 2 in Spring, Texas, where a customer wearing a “Police Lives Matter” T-shirt was refused service, according to the Blue Lives Matter website.

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A customer identified as “Meredith” said the cashier refused to serve her, reports KTRK. “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,” the customer said.

Another cashier eventually finished ringing her up and completed the transaction.

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Another incident occurred in Alexandria, Louisiana, where Pineville Police Department Pfc. Sabrina Farace says she was refused service at local Kroger store. Farace provided some details to the Blue Lives Matter website:

On 09-27-16 at approximately 4:00 PM I was in Kroger’s shopping with my 6-year-old daughter. I walked up to the checkout line and placed my items on the counter for the cashier to scan my items. She sat there for a few moments and kept looking at me odd. When she refused to speak or pick any of my items up, I asked her if I could help her.  She replied, “Do you have your Kroger card?” At which I responded, “Yes, I do.” I handed her my Kroger member card and she reluctantly took it from my hands.  After she took [the card] I was waiting for her to continue checking me out. She looked at me and with a rude tone she asked  “Are you on the force?” I stated, “Come again?” She asked again, rudely, “Are you on the force, are you a cop?” I stated “Yes, maam I am a cop.”  She then looked at me and stated, “I can’t check you out, I have to go get my supervisor.”

Following the second incident, Kroger issued a formal response:

Please know that we are disappointed and sorry to hear about the incidents in Alexandria, Louisiana and Spring, Texas…. We want our customers, associates and the law enforcement community to know how deeply we appreciate and honor our police officers and the other first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day. We’ve taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again—and we are reminding associates that is our responsibility to honor our company values of Diversity and Inclusion and treating our customers with Integrity and Respect in every interaction, every day. Our goal is always to create a welcoming, hospitable environment for all customers.

Sources: Blue Lives Matter (2), KTRK / Photo credit: KTRK