An Indianapolis woman is getting ready to sue arts & crafts superstore chain Michaels after supposedly finding decoration letters spelling out “NIGGAR” on a shelf.
Attorney Nick Baker declined to comment on whether any legal action will be taken. Baker said his client, Bridgette Drake, reached out to him as her post on the Michaels Facebook page went viral.
Drake posted a photograph and complaint Sunday after she said she spotted a row of craft letters at the East Washington Street store arranged to spell a racial slur.
For the record, we have a close friend who used to work at a Michaels. She told us it’s not uncommon to find such letter decorations (as well as mugs and initialed Christmas decorations) rearranged into people’s names, lover’s initials or the names of their favorite bands. After all, the letters are simply on the shelves, with nothing stopping them from being rearranged and photographed.
For example: “SARAH,” “RG & PD,” or “ACDC.”
Said friend has also seen many photos posted to a Johnny Thunders fan page of such letters rearranged into “LAMF,” the name of one of Thunders’ albums, with the poster admitting they rearranged the letters and took a picture for fun.
In other news, a whole lot of these sorts of “-ist” scandals turn out to have been hoaxes.
I mean, it sure would be a shame if it turned out Michaels has the whole store under video surveillance (as they usually do for shoplifting deterrent reasons) and can show exactly who rearranged the letters, wouldn’t it?
A statement released Wednesday from Michaels said, in part, whoever arranged the craft letter was not a Michaels associate. A spokesperson said the employee’s response was inappropriate and the company took disciplinary action.
Employee meaning the sales associate who brushed off the initial complaint, who Drake claims laughed at the rearranged display.