October 8, 2012
T-shirt offends military: ex soldier
By Allison Salz, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - A T-shirt being sold at a city clothing shop is insulting to military members across the country, says a former Edmonton soldier.
The men's shirt, sold at HG2 Clothing in Southgate Mall, has sent ripples of frustration through the Edmonton's large military community.
The shirt reads, "Join the army, learn a trade, butchering."
In the middle it has a drawing of a baby and a knife with blood dripping down the blade.
Steve Greenough, 36, served in the Canadian Armed Forces for seven years, a stint which included work in Kosovo in 1999.
Greenough said he first caught wind of the shirt on social media when a former co-worker posted a picture of the tee.
He says the store should "be ashamed of themselves," for selling a product that he feels is a direct insult to military members past and present.
"There are members, both current and former members, that are hard working, who put their lives at risk so that everyone else in the country can sleep well at night," he said.
"It makes military out to be evil baby killers or whatever the shirt is trying to say."
The shirt is not available on HG2's website and a trip to the store revealed that it was nowhere to be found on the shelves.
Staff there refused to comment and attempts to reach the store owner were not returned by press time.
Greenough now drives truck for a company in Edmonton, but says he'll always be a soldier at heart.
The shirt, he said, further drives misconceptions that many have about the work that soldiers do overseas.
"There are a lot of people who do not agree with military, but without them we would not have some of the same rights and freedoms," he said. "It's cliche, but I always think if they walked a mile in my shoes, they'd think different."
Greenough said ultimately he wants the store to stop selling the shirt, but adds he's looking for a little bit more than that.
"I don't know if it's asking too much, but maybe even a public apology, at least to military members," he said, noting the city's booming military population.
"There's a big military base in Edmonton, there are military families everywhere, they don't want to see that. Even non-military members wouldn't like to see that."