We are now entering an apology craze era…
Liberal pressure has succeeded in forcing a recent cultural shift in which public figures and businesses alike are regularly subject to activism for perceived slights against woke ideology.
A Cracker Barrel in Connecticut was forced to issue an apology after customers spotted what appeared to be a noose hanging from the ceiling as part of the restaurant’s décor.
CNN Business reports how the East Windsor location of the popular food chain was put in the hot seat after customers began to take pictures of the object and promptly post them all over social media. The location explained that it was an antique soldering iron and apologized for the implications of how the item may have appeared to the customers.
Photos of the offending decoration, which was first noticed by a customer, were later shared to Twitter by user Alfonso Robinson, accompanied by a caption reading, “Someone at Cracker Barrel in East Windsor need to explain why there are nooses on the ceiling…”
The restaurant chain later clarified that the “noose” was just the wrapped cord that was attached to one of the location’s décor items, but said it was still “completely unacceptable” that employees failed to notice the resemblance before it was put on display.
By that evening, Cracker Barrel responded, claiming the noose-like decoration was actually “an original wrapped cord” belonging to an “antique soldering iron” on display at the East Windsor restaurant.
On Tuesday morning, activists arrived at the restaurant to discuss the matter with manager Mark Smith, Connecticut’s Journal Inquirer reported. A “positive” and “constructive” conversation followed, said PowerUp-Manchester founder Keren Prescott, according to the outlet.
Smith said the noose-like cord had been on display for 22 years, but no one had ever noticed until last week. He also invited Prescott inside to look around the restaurant.
“At one point the manager said, ‘You might notice things that I don’t,’ which I really appreciated because as White man, he might not view certain things the same as a Black person would,” Prescott told the Journal Inquirer.
Also, Cracker Barrel sent a statement to Fox News, saying:
“We work hard to create a culture of hospitality that’s welcoming, respectful, and inclusive to everyone who walks through our doors. Some of the historical décor in our stores may be reminiscent of earlier times, but our inclusive culture is firmly grounded in today. As we previously said, the décor item in our East Windsor store – an antique soldering iron with an original wrapped cord – should have been noticed and corrected before ever being displayed, and it has since been removed. We are grateful to our guest who pointed it out to us so we could correct this mistake.”