Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby grammafreddy » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:09 pm

I find all public religious displays offensive, disturbing and damaging to children. Does that mean all religious displays be banned, too? Do you think my opinion is the standard by which society should operate?
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Bananaz » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:14 pm

grammafreddy wrote:I find all public religious displays offensive, disturbing and damaging to children. Does that mean all religious displays be banned, too? Do you think my opinion is the standard by which society should operate?


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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Bananaz » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:31 pm

It got taken down and will apparently be all over the local news....
One of the employees has quit over it.
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Nebula » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:33 pm

Awwwww, I wanted a picture.
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Mutha » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:36 pm

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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Bananaz » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:38 pm

Nebula wrote:Awwwww, I wanted a picture.

I have one and you will probably see it on the news tonight anyways....
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!!

Postby Bananaz » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:38 pm

MisterPeePee wrote:
Nebula wrote:If hanging baggies on a Christmas tree is promoting drug use, then the picture below is promoting murder.

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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Fancy » Nov 10th, 2011, 1:53 pm

Thanks for saving me a trip - I was going to take a look at it personally. Who knows, it could have been a private joke.
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby vinnied » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:10 pm

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... .htm#67152
"It's a shoe store, not a drug store."

But the window display, would suggest differently.
Photo: Wayne Moore

Steven Johns Shoes, had a front window display of a gold reindeer beside a table with what looked like a line of cocaine and a rolled up dollar bill sitting on it.

The reindeer was beside a Christmas tree donned with "little baggies" filled with a cocaine like substance (Ajax) and measuring utensils.

The display went up on Sunday, and store employee Mary-Anne Litzenberger says the phone has been ringing off the hook with complaints.

"This was not my motivation, it was the owners. He wanted to shock and that is exactly what he did."

Steven Johns, set up the display and took off for Mexico leaving Lizenberger to deal with the brunt of his actions.

"I think he wanted people to recognize him, he wanted the attention and he got it. But not in a positive way."

Litzenberger says, Steven Johns does not promote drugs and neither does she, however the window display has had people questioning why Johns would do such a think if he is anti-drugs.

"One woman called and said she would never shop here because, who puts bags on a Christmas tree, do they think it's funny."

The phone rings constantly with complaints, people line up outside to take pictures and even twitter was a buzz with Johns' actions.

Steven Johns shoes is new to the city, with two other locations in Ladysmith and Victoria, but the Kelowna location is the only one with this type of display, says Lizenberger.

"I told Steven it would kill his business, but he said what business? It has been really slow, so I guess we kicked it up a notch."

There has been some positive response about the display, Lizenberger says younger adults have been coming in to check out shoes because they realize that it was just a joke.

Sarah Allen who was shopping in the store on Thursday, says she came inside because she was interested.

"It defiantly got people talking, and I did come in to check out the shoes."
Photo: Wayne Moore

After Thursday's media attention, and a conversation regarding the display started up on Castanet's forum, Lizenberger made the executive decision to take it down.

"I didn't ask Steven for permission because he isn't answering his e-mails, but I didn't want to be associate with this anymore."

Johns told Lizenberger before he left not to take the display down for any reason, and now she fears she could be reprimanded for her actions.

She did call the store manager, for all three locations, who told her to take the display down right away, making Lizenberger feel confident she had made the right decision.

Johns returns from vacation next week, he will most likely be questioned for his actions.
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Truly_7 » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:33 pm

I was wondering if this person that left to Mexico had another agenda ?? Is he trying to tell someone (?) something ...Hmmmmm Intresting !!! :runforlife:
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Regulatorct » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:33 pm

Ha, this is no less offensive than our elected officials promoting legal violence against cocaine users.

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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Fancy » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:34 pm

some things just aren't that funny - using drugs is something I don't find funny
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Woodenhead » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:46 pm

I laughed. Apparently it's gotten them a bit more business, too, so it worked.

Too many uptight people out there.

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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby fvkasm2x » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:48 pm

I find the move edgy, innovative and original. It would definitely get him some business and attention.

I also think it's ridiculous and tasteless... but I never shopped there in the first place, so he doesn't lose anything by offending me.

Overall, I'd say it was a smart move. As they say, any media is good media.
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Re: Offensive material displayed in downtown Kelowna store!

Postby Fancy » Nov 10th, 2011, 2:54 pm

Bad press can hurt a business - of course it can swing around if the business handles it right.
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