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A woman enters the Needs convenience store on the corner of Euston and Weymouth Streets in Charlottetown Tuesday. The store has put a sign on the door telling people to remove hoodies before entering the establishment.
City convenience store first to post sign to stay outside if wearing a hood
In a perfect world, what you wear entering a store, restaurant or business shouldn’t be a matter for public debate. In that perfect world, a customer would have enough common sense or respect for that business to wear suitable clothing. But as usual, a few bad apples have to spoil it for everyone else and now some P.E.I. convenience stores are putting a ban in place on wearing hoodies.
The Needs convenience store on Euston Street in Charlottetown has been robbed several times in recent years and has become one of the first businesses to post a sign advising people wearing hooded sweatshirts to lower their hoods before entering the premises.
If people insist on wearing their hoodies, then stay out. If you feel it is discriminatory, that’s too bad. If you insist, then we encourage you to shop somewhere else. The customer is usually, but not always, right. When a store has been robbed several times, and always by someone wearing a hoodie, then the owner is right to put this ban in place. It might give hoodie wearers an unfair reputation but such are the minor inconveniences in our modern society. The clerk and other customers have as much right to protection and security as anyone wearing a hoodie.
How many people feel intimidated, especially at night, when walking outside and meeting or being approached by people wearing hoodies? The fact remains that people wearing hoodies carry out a majority of robberies. They know there are security cameras in place and what better way to hide your face? A ski mask would be a dead giveaway by someone approaching an entrance so a hoodie is the clothing of choice by someone planning a criminal act.
Charlottetown Police expect to see more businesses adopt a similar policy on hoodies. While it’s something new for Charlottetown, it’s quite common in other places. In the United States, some stores require customers to remove ball caps, hoodies, sunglasses or anything else that might conceal your face. Some groups have suggested the policy is discriminatory but it’s not against any race or creed — it is a public safety and security issue.
Police say there is no reasonable expectation of privacy when you go into a business. There are security cameras everywhere. If a business deems it’s necessary for security reasons they can do it. Police concede it can be very intimidating for bank tellers, clerks and others who deal with the public to have someone enter their place of business with their face concealed. In some areas, the ban on hoodies has already been extended to included schools and clubs.
Welcome to the 21st century and its new realities.
Durable Lawrence MacAulay
Congratulations are in order for Cardigan Liberal MP Lawrence MacAulay, who on Thursday set the record as the longest-serving federal politician in P.E.I. history.
On that day, Mr. MacAulay had held elected office for 25 years, three months and 29 days to eclipse the former record held by Angus MacLean. Of course Mr. MacLean went on to become leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of P.E.I. and premier for three years so Mr. MacAulay has a way to go to match that political record.
Mr. MacAulay is a hands-on politician who relishes shaking hands and admiring babies, and is the perfect guest at weddings, anniversaries, graduations, church services, birthdays, wakes and funerals. With his record being set just three days after St. Patrick’s Day, there is some suggestion the Cardigan MP is of Irish descent instead of Scottish, considering his incredible luck in getting re-elected.