This is a great move and more stores should follow to keep trouble makers out , let all patrons feel safe and is fully legal and allowed … if your a juggalo and want to be allowed into this store .. i suggest you keep a set of clothes which are not gang merchandise in your car – if you can afford one.
here is a letter from an upset juggalo ….
To whom it may concern,
I am writing this letter to open the eyes of those who read it. I am a single mom of 3, a full time student, I work full time, and I am a juggalo. I work hard and pay my taxes, but I was kicked out of the Colorado Mills Mall today for wearing an ICP hoodie and T-shirt. I wasn’t doing anything wrong nor was I inciting a riot, but because my hoodie and my t-shirt donned the hatchet man I was not welcome in the mall. According to the mall security I was gang affiliated. The crazy thing was that the shirt was actually purchased at a store inside THAT mall. My fiancé and I purchase many items at Hot topic and at Spencer’s that are Psychopathic merchandise. Now what I don’t understand is how they can consider anything related to psychopathic to be offensive, but all the younger females that wonder through out the mall wearing extremely revealing clothing is appropriate and not offensive at all. They are the ones that are attracting more inappropriate attention then anyone else. I find it offensive when someone is wearing such a strong perfume or cologne that I get sick to my stomach. Why is it that anyone can support music that they like of any genre, but I am not allowed to support the music that I choose to listen to. Wouldn’t that be considered discrimination? How is it that I can purchase those items inside that very mall, but I can’t wear that exact merchandise at the mall? Now I do realize that there are people out there that will use this merchandise to express feelings that are not related to the music in a very inappropriate way, but that is not the feelings of the bands or the feelings of a true juggalo. Now if the mall feels that anyone wearing these things are affiliated with a “gang“, would that not be considered profiling or discrimination? Is that not considered against the law? I was told by the Lakewood police that since that is private property then they can do what they want. Well it is open to the public, then should public laws apply? Now that we are also mentioning law, what about the fact that there are stands inside the mall that are selling bootleg merchandise that warrants a huge fine for each article that is being sold. Every stand that is in the hallways selling dog tags and body jewelry, has bootleg merchandise. Anything that is related to psychopathic is licensed merchandise, and for the mall to allow unlicensed merchandise to be sold would be against the law for them as well. The mall will try to justify themselves by saying that their “code of conduct” is posted at every entrance in the mall. I had to actually search for the “posting”. They are located behind the doors, such small print that it is hard to read, and no one would ever even notice them unless they are actually looking for them. If they would focus their attention on the people that are causing the problems instead of starting problems with people that are just minding their own business, they might actually have more people frequenting their mall. In my opinion, the mall should worry about the people causing problems and not focus on what people are wearing. Now I do agree that there are some things that should not be worn in a public mall, but to single out one is wrong. Colorado Rockies merchandise has been linked to certain gangs, but you can walk into the mall at any given time and find many patrons wearing their teams merchandise. Plus many vendors selling it as well. If that is the case then all music related merchandise should be banned as well. For many years people complained about discrimination of any type, and now certain powers feel that it is ok. This needs to be stopped! More will be listed on my myspace page in regards to what should be done.
The mall done the right thing , if you notice the writer of the letter did not say she purchased the jacket which she was banned for at the store but the t shirt underneath , she also thinks its her right to wear what ever she wants but attack others then throw a straw man argument about some stores selling fake merchandise and how this allows her to wear gang merchandise into stores.