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Pipers stores will keep controversial ‘Newfie’ shirt on the racks for Paddy’s Day

Pipers store management says it will continue to sell the controversial “Newfie beer removal services” T-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day.

Tara Bradbury/The Telegram
A pile of “Newfie beer removal” T-shirts was selling at the Stavanger Drive Walmart location for $10 on Sunday, days after Walmart said it was not selling the shirt at all. Walmart says the shirts have now been pulled from the stores.

The shirt, which Walmart pulled from its shelves earlier this week after negative feedback from customers, has earned a positive reaction with Pipers customers, the store said in an e-mailed statement.

“We have decided to continue to sell the shirt and let the customer decide,” Piper statement reads. “Pipers apologizes to our customers and fellow Newfoundlanders who may take offence to the St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt, as this is not our intent.”

Related story:

Walmart pulls ‘Newfie’ t-shirts

The shirt will feature on the front of next week’s Pipers’ flyer, which had already gone to print when the controversy over the shirt erupted.

“St. Paddy’s Newfie Beer Removal Service — pints, pitchers, kegs” is printed on the green shirt in white lettering along with an image of a beer stein. The shirt is made by local business Islandwide Distributors, which also produces Newfoundland-themed souvenirs like jewelry, Christmas ornaments, mugs and cards.

“The St. Paddy’s Day T-shirt was designed by a Newfoundland artist (who), like the owners of Islandwide, has deep roots and pride being a Newfoundlander,” Bill Coady of Islandwide told The Telegram in an e-mail, adding the shirt was also printed locally.

Similar designs had received positive responses in the past, he noted.

The shirt is also being sold by Only Deals dollar store chain, whose head office did not return a call from The Telegram for comment.

Organizations: Walmart, The Telegram, Newfie Beer Removal Service Islandwide Distributors

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Room 203
    February 25, 2016 - 12:43

    Had it been an anti-Quebecois or anti-Muslim shirt the same people complaining about Newfie graphic would be screaming "censorship" and "political correctness."

  • What?
    February 25, 2016 - 12:10

    Pipers - Still classy after all these years.

  • Newfoundlander
    February 24, 2016 - 20:34

    Not surprised. That store has no class anyway.

  • Huge Giant Storm of...nothing?
    February 24, 2016 - 20:30

    Can we get Great Big Sea to explain this situation in a song? They not very loud, or cogent, on Twitter. News, news, everywhere but not a drop to print. Tely editors, check the Twitter-feed. See what Russell Crowe thinks of this situation please. We need to know. What does Rod Steward think of our storm-patterned news?

  • Redgrave
    February 24, 2016 - 20:14

    Way to stick to your guns Pipers. I love it! Thank you, I'll be in tomorrow to buy a dozen.

  • Patrick
    February 24, 2016 - 19:39

    A man in the USA is famous for buying ALL the offensive Irish stereotypical t-shirts leading up to every St. Patrick's Day and then returning them, with the bags and tags attached, the day after St. Patrick's Day. He certainly proves his point. I suggest we do the same here with these ones.

  • ger
    February 24, 2016 - 19:09

    Good for you guys. Nothing wrong with it.

  • Political Watcher
    February 24, 2016 - 17:40

    proper thing Piper's, keep local businesses in business. Why don't we all boycott the Irish Pubs for their stereo-typing of "Drunken Irishmen"? I am sure Mr. Hallet will have something to say.

  • Jk
    February 24, 2016 - 17:10

    Good for you Pipers! Let the customers decide.

  • Dee
    February 24, 2016 - 16:47

    I don't like these shirts myself,but if who ever wants to buy them,well them,if you don't want to buy them well don't.There are a lot of offensive clothing out there don't mean that stores has to yank them.

  • Chebucto
    February 24, 2016 - 16:03

    How cultured Pipers is.. embarrassing.