A family-owned Christian grocery store with several locations in Southeast Arkansas is dealing with backlash as customers argue a weekly ad mailer included a controversial political message.
The ad book was sent to four of Mac’s Cashsaver stores in Arkansas.
According to the store, the mailer typically includes a religious or political message.
The current mailer 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 aren’t sitting well with some customers.
“It just doesn’t make any sense,” Tyler Reede, who saw the mailer while shopping at one of Camden stores, said. “Why would they put that on there?”
Other customers appreciated the message.
“I didn’t have a problem with it, ”Logan Reede said. “If they want to come here, they can come here legally.”
Employees at the Camden Mac’s Cashsaver, off Washington Street, said they’ve been approached by dozens of customers and received even more phone calls.
“They’re just making a political spin out of it and getting the wrong idea of what it really means,” explained Manager Jack Digby.
Digby said the store owner is responsible for the message.
He claimed this was intended to have a Christian meaning, nothing political.
“I am for the company and I am for God,” Digby said. “There’s nothing wrong with what that statement says.”
The ad mailer was also sent to several locations in Louisiana.
The company said it stands by the messages and plans to keep including them in the weekly mailers.