It’s becoming increasingly easier to believe that individuals nowadays can find a reason to be offended by almost anything.
While it may be a stretch to call this generation the “snowflake” generation, there is a palpable sense of change pervading the world right now.
While this is a good thing in some instances – after all, some things used to be regarded as the norm that has no place in modern society – there are others when one can’t help but feel that we’re going a bit too far with our urge to police one another.
One Oklahoma liquor store found itself at this crossroads after putting up a sign that sparked outrage…
While we all want to live in a world free of bigotry, hatred, and bullying, I believe we can all agree there is a distinction between stamping out legitimately unpleasant things and acting upset to produce drama.
It’s pretty usual for people to be ‘outed’ on the internet for anything they’ve said or done. It only takes a few clicks to become the contentious center of an internet storm…
Midwest Wine and Spirits in Oklahoma discovered this after posting a sign in their shop window that read, “Pull your pants up or don’t come in.”
“Try to have some decency and respect for others,” the notice continued. Nobody wants to see your undies.”
On the surface, it doesn’t appear to be so objectionable. They’re not directly criticizing any single group or discriminating based on political or religious beliefs or anything else.
Nonetheless, several people were outraged by the sign and the store’s belief that they had the authority to tell others what they could and could not wear.
It wasn’t long before the sign was uploaded to the internet, where online debate could continue. And they did not stop there.
According to sources, the spectacle rapidly went viral. One of the store’s managers, Chad Gilbert, defended the sign, stating, “I realize wearing pants low is a fashion statement for some, but it doesn’t work for me, and I find it somewhat offensive.”
A store employee said, “Usually when people come in with their pants sagging, it’s easier for them to steal bottles.”
Sunshine Weatherby, a neighborhood client, said, “I can see if it was like a church. There are families there, which may bother you, but this is a liquor store. Worse has happened in a liquor store.”