Someone named Scarlet tweeted to Kroger and Harris Teeter yesterday morning that she was upset by a Koozie the store was selling that had an image of a bald eagle flying in front of an American flag with a rifle in it's talon's with the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death". She was also upset by another koozie that had a bald eagle with red white and blue wings and the phrase "America. Love it or leave it".
"Why are you allowing this type of item to be sold at your grocery store in Huntersville NC? Clearly in light of the recent mass shootings, you can understand how this IS NOT a good idea. #GunViolence"
The Harris Teeter account responded "Thanks for reaching out, Scarlett. As soon as these items were brought to our attention we put a recall request into place and these items are being removed from all store locations. We appreciate your concern."
Emboldened by the quick collapse they received from Harris Teeter another person named Christy Clark, whose Twitter account identifies as a candidate for NC House Seat 98 tweeted at Kroger. "I am disappointed these coozies are being sold in an NC store. 110 Americans die every day from gun violence and most recently children, educators, health care providers, and family members were killed in mass shootings. Please remove them. #ncpol @NCGV"
That included a picture of a Revolutionary War patriot displaying the 2nd amendment in one hand while holding an assault rifle in the other with the words "Arms change. Rights don't".
Kroger's account responded last night "Thanks for reaching out, Christy. We will tell our leadership about your request that we remove these items from our shelves. We appreciate your feedback"
As Fox Business reports the backlash has already began. One tweet reads "102 people die per day in traffic fatalities. Can you also please make sure no coozies depict cars? Thanks in advance.". Another says "3000 people die every year from food-borne diseases in the US. Please remove all your food items as well".
About 7am this morning Scarlet deleted her tweet complaining about the Koozies that started this and set her account to private.