CAMDEN, AR – A family-owned Christian grocery store with locations across several states in the Southeast is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.
The ad book was sent to four Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas. According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message. The current edition includes a message that references the U.S./Mexico border wall controversy.
It reads: “Heaven has a wall, a gate and a strict immigration policy. Hell has open borders. Let that sink in.”
Those words are not sitting well with some customers.
“It just doesn’t make any sense. Why would they put that on there?” Tyler Reede, who saw the mailer while shopping at one of the stores, said.
Other people appreciated the message.
“I didn’t have a problem with it at all. If they want to come here, they can come here legally,” Logan Reede said.
Employees at one store say they have been approached by dozens of customers and fielded even more phone calls.
“They’re just making a political spin out of it and getting the wrong idea of what is really means,” Jack Digby, store manager, said.
Digby said the store owner is responsible for the message, claiming this was intended to have a Christian meaning, nothing political.
“I am for the company and I am for God. There’s nothing wrong with that statement,” Digby said.
The company said it stands by the message and plans to continue including them in the weekly mailers.