- June
Posted By : Matt
Add Another Business to the “Never Shop There” List


So today, a friend of mine, who happens to be an EMS worker and very pro-cop, and a page administrator at the Facebook page Inside the Fire: A Page for First Responders, was cruising a local mall, the Colonie Center in Albany, NY, and just killing some time.  He wandered into a small gift shop called the Gift Emporium, located on the lower level of the mall.  As he looked around, he noticed something that stood out to him on the shelves of commemorative figurines from varying professions.  What stood out was that all of the military member figurines holding shotguns had their guns pointed at the heads of the police officer figurines.

These were not figurines that were manufactured in that pose, they were separate figurines that had been placed like this, and it was repeated on the shelves.  You can clearly see the figurines and the placement in the photos he took (see below).  As you can see, these are different figurines as in one photo, both the military figure and the cop have a manufacturer tag attached to their leg and in the other photo, it is only the military figure that has a manufacturer tag tied to his boot.



Being more than a bit disturbed by this, he approached a female employee and asked about the display.  Her response to him was:

“That’s the way it should be.”

After receiving that reply, he turned and walked toward the exit.  As he left the business, the same female employee said:


So, not only is the employee outwardly hostile towards law enforcement, she is also very derogatory of someone who disagrees with her views.  Sounds like a fantastic employee who represents her employer well!

If you support law enforcement, I recommend contacting the business and let them know what you think about the display and their company’s representative.  Their contact information can be found here.  Also, please share this to spread the word.


  • They just earned my business. Looks like they believe in keeping America safe from the TRUE domestic terrorists

  • I see no evidence. I see statues that anyone could have moved. If it did happen the way it is described then the friend needed to contact management with the name of the employee. There is no reason a buisness needs to be punished for an employee without being allowed to address the problem.
    Anyone could have moved those statues, including the photographer. In fact, there is no evidence there was more than one of each statue. If there was only one of each statue, then the photographer clearly moved one of them.

  • Someone posted a comment about 45 minutes ago claiming that there was no evidence that this happened, saying exactly this: “I see no evidence.” He then proceeded to list all sorts of possible ways these figurines could have been positioned like this. He then stated that we had no right to punish the business for this. I typed a response to him, but before I could click “post,” he apparently deleted his comment.

    For those with similar thoughts, here is the response I had typed for him:

    Actually, you are incorrect. You do in fact “see evidence.” The problem is that you doubt the evidence, and have provided several reasons for doubting it. But whether or not you believe the account does not make the photos not evidence, it just means you doubt the evidence.

    This is not a court case, this is a blog post and I, the author, live some 3,000+ miles from where this happened. That said, knowing the man who told me what happened, I have no reason to doubt the veracity of the story. Clearly, you do. Feel free to not believe it.

    Finally, no one is “punishing” the business, I suggested contacting the business to complain about the display and the employee. Doing so might have actually verified some of the items you raised doubt about, but you instead chose to post here, which is your prerogative. However, I cannot address your concerns where as the manager at the business could.

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