Lowe’s plans to change the way the company sells rope after discovering a noose in one of the store’s Florida locations. The incident occurred at the Lowe’s on Lake Underhill Road in Orlando, FL.
The home improvement retail company plans to work alongside the authorities to investigate the incident. Earlier this week, the company released a statement regarding the issue.
A Lowe’s spokesperson responded to the issue in an email statement to WFTV Channel 9. “We’re appalled by this incident and are investigating diligently in partnership with law enforcement,” the spokesperson writes.
Store management at the Lake Underhill Lowe’s removed the noose after shoppers brought it to their attention. Shoppers tell Eyewitness News that both the customers and the employees appeared visibly upset.
Lowe’s Statement on Racism
In the second half of the statement, the company appears to suspect racism motivated the incident. However, the company didn’t provide information leading to this conclusion.
“Lowe’s will not tolerate racism or our products being used to create a symbol of hate, and to ensure this staple product cannot be misused this way again, we are changing how we sell rope in our stores nationwide,” the company said.
While the company announced plans to change the way it sells rope, Lowe’s did not explain how exactly the store plans to do so.
The noose closely resembled the garage pull found inside NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace’s stall at the Talladega Superspeedway. The FBI later concluded that the incident was not a hate crime. Earlier this week, Wallace addressed the issue in an article. Learn more here.
[H/T WFTV Channel 9]