The incident with a man wearing a shirt with the words “Jesus Saves” inscribed on it has been addressed in a statement from the Mall of America. The security guard’s interaction with the person in the video went viral because it was widely reported that he was expelled from the mall.
The Bloomington Mall in Minnesota has stated that this is untrue and that the consumer was permitted to remain on the property wearing the same blouse despite being approached.
Mall of America Answers to Jesus Saves Shirt Viral Incident
The Mall of America acknowledged to KARE 11 that the man in the video had been given a “temporary trespass notice for soliciting” but that he was ultimately allowed to remain within the mall and wasn’t “forced” to take off his shirt.
“Mall of America security approached the guest referenced in the video on January 7, 2023. “One week prior, he was issued a 24-hour trespass for soliciting guests. After a brief interaction, the guest was not required to change his shirt and was allowed to remain at the Mall,” the statement reads.
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As of the time of writing, the individual in the video has not commented on the temporary trespass notice.
What the Video Shows
Millions of people have watched the video above, and it has been distributed thousands of times on social media. It shows a man talking to another while donning a yellow shirt with the words “Jesus Saves” and “Jesus is the only way” printed on it. According to The New York Post, “coexist” has also been crossed out.
The security guard can be heard saying, as quoted by The Daily Mail: “I’m giving you a couple of options. You can take the shirt off, go to Macy’s, and do your shopping. Or you can leave the mall, OK? Those are your only options right now.”
This was after the man said: “I didn’t say anything. I didn’t speak. I didn’t say anything. I just went to Macy’s.” The security guard then says: “It is religious soliciting. No soliciting is allowed on mall property, which is private property.”
Security Policies of the Mall
It is forbidden to “solicite” according to the security guidelines provided on the Mall of America website. It qualifies as chaotic or disruptive behavior that could endanger or interfere with customers or the business.
I automatically assumed this was overseas, but it's right here in America. pic.twitter.com/Q79eUCG7xh
— John Mason (@LivingGodsTruth) January 12, 2023
The mall bans “Loitering, engaging in soliciting, blocking storefronts, hallways, skyways, fire exits or escalators, or walking in groups” along with “picketing, demonstrating, soliciting, protesting or petitioning.”
Customers must wear “suitable clothes,” which includes “shirts and shoes,” according to the clothing or attire guideline. It prohibits certain types of clothing, including but not limited to:
- Clothing with offensive language, gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs could cause a commotion.
- Masks or hooded tops that intentionally hide the face are examples of such clothing.
- Vests that are either natural or fake bulletproof vests.
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