A police officer’s wife said she was refused service at a Kroger supermarket in Texas because her T-shirt showed support of police.
“[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,” Meredith, who refused to release her last name, said to KTRK.
Kimberly Colley is the executive director of the nonprofit Blue Bow Foundation, a group that works to support police officers and their families.
She, also the wife of a police officer, said that the group is cutting all ties with the grocery store because of the incident.
The foundation was a part of the Kroger rewards program, where a percentage of proceeds from member transactions would go to the foundation.
“Our husbands risk their lives every single time they put on those uniforms, they’re walking targets and this is the least we can do to show there is support out there,” Colley said.
Meredith said she complained multiple times to Kroger but has received no response.
The company did, however, release a statement:
We are disappointed and sorry to hear that this happened. We want our customers, associates and the law enforcement community to know how deeply we appreciate and honor our police officers and other first responders who put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day. We’re taking steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
The company is still investigating the incident among the employees involved to figure out what transpired.