Store Employee Loses Job After Dispute With Teen Wearing ‘MAGA’ Hat

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An employee of a clothing and shoe store in a suburban Kansas City shopping mall no longer has a job after a confrontation with a teen wearing a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap.

video that shows part of Saturday’s encounter at a Vans Off the Wall store in Overland Park, Kansas, was posted by a Twitter account called Red Nation Rising. It shows the teen’s mom telling another store employee that her 14-year-old son was asked to take off his hat as he entered the store. She said that when her son didn’t respond, the employee swore at him.

Asked whether the employee was fired, Vans Global Brand Communications spokeswoman Laura Doherty said in an email that she could confirm only that “the employee is no longer with the company.” She says the employee’s actions were “in contrast with our company’s values and belief in personal expression.”

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  1. She should have stated she had a religious objection to the hat. They love that, right?

  2. Avatar for evave2 evave2 says:

    Some lady says that some dude got fired. That sounds like a hard fact to me!

  3. So a company can ban customers if they’re gay, but not if they wear racist paraphernalia?

  4. I believe that, even in Kansas, an ordinary 14 year old hears F U multiple times a day.

  5. To quote a famous comedian about what the employee did: I don’t condone what he did, but I UNDERSTAND.

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