Home Depot calls worker's hat 'inappropriate' after furious Trump supporters complain

Home Depot worker's 'America Was Never Great' hat spurs death threats

Supporters of Donald Trump's presidential campaign are furious over a Home Depot worker who was spotted wearing a hat critical of the US.

The hat reads "AMERICA WAS NEVER GREAT" — which is a play on Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America great again."

Someone snapped a photo of the employee wearing the hat at a Home Depot in Staten Island, and shared it online.

The photo went viral on social media.

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Home Depot calls worker's hat 'inappropriate' after furious Trump supporters complain
If I see someone in an America was never great hat I'll whoop that ass real talk you fake fucking cowards.
Why do trumps hats say Make America Great Again? It was never great to begin with.
Death threats, hat says "America was never great" I'm sure none were black https://t.co/1RNQX8LdZM
If you honestly believe, "America was never great." I have an easy solution for you, LEAVE
I need that "America Was Never Great" hat
From now on, protestors need to be rocking their "America Was Never Great" hats at every anti-Trump rally.
All of the "America was never great people" should go live in another country awhile. I hear the border with Mexico is open. #justsaying
When y'all figure out where to get that America Was Never Great hat, link me. Cause that's an aesthetic I need in my life.
Obviously not supporting Trump because I absolutely despise him. Just saying "America Was Never Great" is silly
I applaud this young sister for wearing her America Was Never Great hat. We can strive for greatness, but we're not there. Never have been
People who think America was never great should move to a 3rd world hellhole. I'm sure you'll change your tune after a few days...#Caring

Hundreds of Trump supporters are now threatening to boycott Home Depot in response.

"This is disgusting," customer Trevor McNulty wrote on Home Depot's Facebook page. "If we do not hear what action was taken against this employee and the manager, I will never step foot in any of their stores again. You've got until Monday HD." The comment has been "liked" 54 times.

Another person wrote, "If this woman is not fired I will never shop at Home Depot again. She represents everything that is wrong with our country!"

Home Depot has swiftly responded to critics on Twitter and Facebook, saying the hat was inappropriate.

The employee who wore the hat, 22-year-old Krystal Lake, is now getting inundated with death threats, according to the Staten Island Advance.

"The point of the hat was to say America needs changing and improvement," Lake told the Advance. "I don't think it's a positive message to say, "Let's look to the past.'"

She claims that none of her managers reprimanded her for wearing the hat. She also claimed that she's not the only employee sharing a political message in stores. She says she has seen other employees wearing pins supporting Donald Trump.

Home Depot did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

A spokesman for the company told the Advance that the Staten Island store would be "following up with the matter to ensure that it will not happen again."

"We appreciate and understand the concerns of our loyal customers," he said. "In terms of the message, our associates are not permitted to wear items that reflect political statements. Unfortunately, no one on our management team saw her wearing the hat — otherwise, they would have had her remove it immediately."

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