Unauthorized signs have been popping up at Philadelphia area grocery markets, and they have been causing indignation with patrons and the store management alike. Now the man responsible for posting the signs is facing backlash in social media as well.
Amateur comedian Jay McGuire has been posting official looking signs at the entrances to Philadelphia based Wawa grocery stores, and then posting them on his Facebook page. The signs denigrate users of food assistance programs and wrongfully state that the grocery chain no longer accepts food subsidies. Now his social media is facing backlash.
Jay McGuire is an amateur comedian who came up with an idea to prank welfare recipients: he decided to post signs at the entry doors of a local Philadelphia grocery store chain that alleged that the customers were no longer welcome.
The signs read:
“We are no longer accepting EBT. Please use cash or credit. If you do not have cash or credit then maybe it’s time to get a job.”
The signs were not authorized by store management and do not reflect company policy towards EBT users. They are removed by the stores when they are found.
Once McGwire posts the signs, he stands aside to monitor reactions from customers as they enter the store, and then shares what he observes on his Facebook page. His posts have actually garnered over 5000 views since he started his project.