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Irish American buys up Offensive Irish Shirts before St. Pats

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  1. rocketsjudoka

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    At Walmart and will return them the day after.

    http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Ir...sive-t-shirts-will-return-them-March-18.html#

    Irish American buys all of Walmart’s offensive t-shirts, will return them March 18

    Kevin Westley has an inventive solution to the annual issue of offensive Irish merchandise leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

    Go to your local big box stores, buy all the t-shirts emblazoned with drunken stereotypes you can find, keep them in your garage or car trunk so they never see the light of day, and return them promptly on March 18.

    “Put them on your credit card and you never spend a dime,” he told IrishCentral. (Provided the store's return policy offers a full refund, of course.)

    Westley, a decorated Irish dance instructor and host of the radio show "That's How I Spell Ireland" on WHRU in Long Island, New York, came up with the idea last year.

    Like many in the Irish American community, Westley had grown increasingly weary over the years of the green t-shirts that appear in stores right after Valentine’s Day, bearing slogans like “Kiss me, I’m drunk or Irish or whatever,” or “I’m so Irish I sweat alcohol,” or “Irish car bombs make my clothes fall off.”

    Whenever he’s in a store and sees such t-shirts, Westley said he always makes a point of speaking to the manager, explaining why they are offensive, and asking that they be removed from the shelves.

    But the answer, he said, is almost always the same. “The manager will say I have to talk to corporate about it,” and corporate will rarely respond.

    Last year, after encountering questionable t-shirts at three area Walmarts, Westley lodged a complaint with Walmart’s corporate offices. From them he learned that it was in fact the decision of the individual stores to carry the t-shirts.

    Fed up with the cycle of the stores and corporate skirting responsibility, Westley went to the Walmarts near him and bought all the stereotyping t-shirts he could find – almost $900 dollars worth.

    “The idea is to take the t-shirts off the shelves,” he explained.

    He took the shirts home and put them in bags and storage boxes. Then, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, he drove to Walmart and returned the t-shirts.

    “At the customer service desk I kept letting people pass me in line because I knew it was going to take a while,” he said. Eventually the representative called him to the desk and got started on the returns. He was able to return all the shirts at the same store. It took over an hour.

    Rather than the annoyed reaction he was anticipating, Westley said she was interested in his strategy.

    “She asked why I was doing this and I explained it’s because they’re very offensive,” he recalled.

    “She turned out to be a Sunday school teacher and she told me that the previous Sunday she had been trying to teach her students about St. Patrick’s Day. She agreed with me that they were offensive.

    “So then I tried to explain that you don’t really see this for any other holiday. It’s just that for some reason people feel they can get away with it for St. Patrick’s Day.”

    This year, he has already purchased $400 worth of the t-shirts. He said the response from friends and fellow Irish Americans has been encouraging, but that so far no one has taken him up on his call encouraging others to follow a similar tactic.

    “I invite everyone, especially my brothers and sisters from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Lady’s Ancient Order of Hibernians, to go to your local Walmart,” he recently shared in an e-blast. “If they are selling offensive T shirts, ask to speak to the store managers. If they don’t comply with your request to remove the shirts, buy all the offensive shirts. Leave them in the trunk of your car and return them on March 18. Also, in honor of St. Patrick, do not purchase anything from Walmart for the month of March.”

    In fact, he said that the most disheartening response so far has not been from Walmart but from other Irish Americans online who hear about what he’s doing and tell him to get a life.

    “I’ve been entertaining in the Irish community for 30 years, but every once in a while you see how we abuse each other, and that's the disappointing thing,” he said. “We should be standing together.”

    Will you be paying a visit to your local stores after learning about Kevin’s strategy? Let us know what you think in the comment section.

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  2. rocketsjudoka

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    Since this was on one of the shirts that Irish Central found offensive.
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    I'm not offended. The Irish car bomb drink name is close for me...but who has the energy?

    But the sterotypes bother my mom to a degree. Much more so than the rest of our family.
     
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    That dude looks hammered.
     
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    As an Irishman, I don't find the shirts offensive at all.
     
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    3/17 & 5/5 - Get drunk, get dumb.

    Is there an Italian American holiday people use to get hammered? If there were, we'd probably have offensive parades with giant cartoon meatballs dancing around, waving and everyone buying big chef-moustaches and plastic tommy guns.
     
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    In parts of Ireland you don't want to order "Irish Car Bombs" or "Black and Tans" as those strike too close to home.
     
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    I empathize regarding the shirts that stereotype Irishmen as drunkards. I think the messages that acknowledge that St Patrick's Day is a drinking holiday are okay. References to a drink name are fine, though not everyone may be familiar with the drink and it wouldn't be surprising for people to take offense.
     
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    Some people have way too much time.
     
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    No kidding. Actually had that discussion with a guy who lives in Ireland recently. Black and Tans you'd get funny looks...Irish Car Bomb, they'd throw you out or worse.
     
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    Irish he wouldn't have done that.
     
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    I love the Fighting Irish!
     
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    That dude looks drunk.
     
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    He was probably drunk when he came up with this idea.
     
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    Slightly overweight as well!...:eek:
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  18. Nook

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    Really depends on the person saying it...... I have lived in Northern Ireland and still have a house there and visit it fairly often, I could say it and get away from it and would possibly even get a snicker....
     
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    What is the origin of "Black and Tan" as a name for a drink? Why would that be offensive?

    *GOOGLING*

    Oh... gotcha. Yeah, I would take the below advice and refer to it as a "half and half."

    "The name "Black and Tan" is not used in Ireland as a term for a mixture of two beers, the drink is instead referred to as a half and half.[1] Indeed, the drink has image problems in Ireland and elsewhere due to the association with the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, nicknamed the "Black and Tans", which was sent into Ireland in the early 1920s.[1] As a result, in Ireland the name is seen as contentious and disrespectful."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Tan
     
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    Every time I thnk of St Patricks Day . . . Jump Around by House of Pain comes to mind

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