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- Viral video shows shopper being ordered to take off his ‘Jesus Saves’ T-shirt
- Mall of America security guards threatened to kick man out if he did not oblige
- Social media users reacted with fury, as one said he should sue the Mall
- A Mall spokesman says the man was later allowed to continue shopping
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A man wearing a ‘Jesus Saves’ T-shirt was ordered to remove the clothing or leave the Mall of America last weekend in a video that has gone viral on social media.
A security guard at the nation’s most famous shopping center in Minnesota can be heard telling the man: ‘If you want to shop here you need to take off that shirt’.
Another clip shows the same guard saying: ‘Jesus is associated with religion and it is offending people. People have been offended.’
The video which was recorded on January 7 has prompted outrage online with one group organizing a protest at the Mall where they intend to wear their own ‘Jesus Saves’ shirts.
Viral video shows a man wearing a ‘Jesus Saves’ T-Shirt being ordered to take off the clothing or leave by security guards at Mall of America on Jan 7th
A spokesman for Mall of America told DailyMail.com that the man was allowed to remain in the Mall following the interaction while still wearing his shirt.
This is despite the fact guards can clearly be heard threatening to kick him out.
In the original clip, the shopper is seen in a yellow T-shirt branding the religious slogan.
The back of the shirt reads ‘Jesus is the only way’ while the popular ‘coexist’ – symbol – which advocates different religions living alongside each other peacefully – is crossed out.
The videos have now been shared across TikTok and Twitter while one was livestreamed to Facebook on January 7.
One week prior, he had also been issued with a 24-hour trespass for ‘soliciting guests’.
During the tense exchange, three security guards surround the man.
He can be heard saying: ‘I didn’t say anything though. I didn’t speak. I didn’t say anything. I just went to Macy’s.’
The guard replies: ‘Again, I’m giving you a couple options. You can take the shirt off and you can go to Macy’s and you can do your shopping.
‘Or you can leave the mall, OK? Those are your only options right now,.’
The officer later claims he was engaging in ‘religious soliciting,’ which the Mall forbids.
However the man insists throughout the video that he was not attempting to preach but was simply wearing the shirt while shopping.
Mall policies prohibit ‘inappropriate attire,’ including apparel that ‘has obscene language, obscene gestures or racial/religious/ethnic slurs that are likely to create a disturbance.’
The Mall also forbids ‘picketing, demonstrating, soliciting, protesting or petitioning.’
The man was asked on a different day to leave the mall because he was preaching. This time, however, he appears to have just walking around the mall.
A guard is heard saying: ‘Yes, you’re walking wearing that shirt in the form of soliciting and we’ve had guests come up and say they’re offended by your shirt.’
The posts have attracted mass outrage online.
A Twitter user called John Mason captioned the video: ‘I automatically assumed this was overseas, but it’s right here in America.’
Another user Wyatt Sullivan replied: ‘If I ever go to the Mall of America again, I’m wearing the biggest Jesus shirt I can find.’
Meanwhile Pastor Chase Thompson wrote: ‘He should sue them into oblivion.
‘This wouldn’t have happened anywhere in the U.S. until very recently, and it certainly wouldn’t have happened if he’d had a pride shirt on and even 50 people complained.’
A group called Bloomington Patriots plans to hold a demonstration at the mall on Feb. 4 and is asking attendees to wear ‘Jesus shirts.’
A spokesman for the Mall said: ‘The guest referenced in the video was approached by Mall of America security on January 7, 2023.