Offensive T-shirts are removed from Bath shop window
A fashion chain has been forced to take items of clothing off its shelves after claims they were offensive.
Route One in Little SouthGate removed T-shirts from its window display and has stopped selling them indefinitely after a father-of-two complained about the slogans printed on them – prompting a visit from the police.
The store stocks accessories for skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX riders, as well as T-shirts with humorous messages and pictures.
However, a range of T-shirts designed for Christmas, which carried phrases such as ‘Merry Christmas Motherf*****’ and ‘Christmas is Gay’, have been removed.
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Daniel Tobias, 45, from Bath, was shopping with his seven-year-old son when he spotted the T-shirts.
He said: “The T-shirts can only be described as highly offensive and it’s opposite a toyshop.”
Mr Tobias, who is also a secondary school teacher, added: “For a young child to visit a toyshop then turn round and see those words in big black letters and ask what it means just shows how inappropriate it is.”
Mr Tobias rang the police, Bath and North East Somerset Council and the company to lodge a complaint.
Managing director for the Route One chain, Richard Boissevain, said the company apologised for any offence caused by the T-shirts.
He said: “The T-shirts have been taken from the window and actually taken off sale – whether they are sold again is under review.
“We don’t want to cause offence to anyone. We have never desired to cause offence to any customer or member of the public.”
Mr Boissevain added that the company had only received one complaint from a member of the public before removing the T-shirts.
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said the T-shirts may have been considered in breach of public order laws and confirmed officers had visited the store to advise staff that the clothing should be removed from the window.