CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – A local business has been criticized on social media for putting up a sign that some are calling transphobic. He mentioned the Assistant Secretary of Health of the United States, Dr Rachel Levine.
Customers entering and exiting Save on Beer walk past a sign that is now named after a different person, but last week it was said to keep your mask on if you looked like Dr. Levine.
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Some people think he was meant to be transphobic, but the owner says the backlash is from people who don’t know anything about his employees or the original intent of the sign.
“It was a joke and it just got carried away. Nothing transphobic, homophobic, no other phobic you guys want to call that, ”said owner Greg Harrold.
The owner of Save on Beer in Cranberry Township is defending himself after a swarm of bad press on social media.
Harrold put a sign outside the store stating that masks are not needed inside, but underneath the sign says if you look like Dr Rachel Levine you are encouraged to keep it.
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“I have nothing against Rachel Levine as a person. He didn’t call transgender, he just said if you look like Rachel Levine because we are fed up with wearing masks last year,” he said. he declared.
KDKA’s Bryant Reed spoke to customers who frequent the store regularly. They said they didn’t find anything out of the ordinary and that the sign matched other humorous things Harrold had done at the store.
“I thought it was pretty funny. I think everyone is a little too sensitive. The world is too serious right now and a little humor doesn’t hurt anyone, ”said Kristina, a client.
Others don’t find it funny. Many people have expressed their anger on Facebook and Reddit, claiming the store employs transphobes and fanatics. Some even swear never to return.
But even with the backlash, Harrold doubled down on his sign and made no apologies.
“You can’t please everyone all of the time and I’m not going to please everyone all the time. Sorry I used Rachel Levine it was nothing against transgender people but I said it and I won’t back down.
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The owner says he doesn’t feel like he’s losing customers because of it. He also says he is not transphobic and says he believes that no matter what a person’s gender, everyone’s rights are the same.