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Discrepancies over rules at Greenville mall leads to police being called, viral video posted

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - A disagreement over rules at the Greenville Mall on Thursday led to police being called and a viral video posted to Facebook.

The incident surrounded the right to wear a shirt with profanity on it. Security personnel approached Christopher Tutt on Thursday afternoon and told him his shirt was inappropriate. Tutt was asked to either turn the shirt inside out, or to leave the mall and change.

However, Tutt believes he was targeted based on his skin color because there was no posted rule at the mall that said clothing could not contain profanity.

"At the end of the day I'm hoping that this incident and others in the past will have people opening their eyes and something can actually start being done about these discriminative activities," Tutt said.

Tutt also was confused why he couldn't wear his shirt at the mall when he bought the shirt at the Spencer's story located inside of the mall.

"I just think that it should have never happened, not just to me but to anyone, especially the fact that I bought that shirt from that mall," he said.

Tutt questioned mall security, and eventually Greenville Police, about why a store was allowed to sell clothing inside the mall if you weren't able to wear it in the mall.

WNCT reached out to the mall's management for comment, but never heard back.

While the rules posted inside the mall don't specifically state no profanity on clothing, there is a rule that banned "any activity that would generally disrupt or diminish a pleasant family oriented shopping experience."

Tutt said if rules like this were to be enforced, the mall needs to update their policy and add specific details about what is, and what isn't, appropriate. Tutt argued that if that were to happen, the policy could be enforced evenly regardless of the person's skin color.

As of Friday afternoon, the video of the incident had been viewed more than 75,000 times and been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook.

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