SAN DIEGO - Some t-shirts are causing quite a controversy at national retailer dd's Discounts.
“Let’s be honest, the kids are their target audience,” said a concerned father who did not want to be identified. “As the parent of a child, I don’t like the idea that the store is opening up in my community and it targets and it promotes drug use.”
One shirt reads, “I’ll get high if I want to” and another reads, “Stop, drop and roll” with a picture of a joint.
"They're not targeting adults with these shirts,” said the father. “They're targeting kids and making seem like it’s cool and hip for them to wear those types of shirts.”
He was surprised to learn that anyone could buy a shirt.
"Well, I asked her if there was a policy as far as what age the kid could be to buy it, and they said no, they'll sell it to anyone as long as they have the money,” he said.
The store located on Euclid Avenue in central San Diego opened its doors last September.
"dd's set up shop in a lot of minority communities and a lot of their merchandise is drug-related,” said the father.
He says he spoke with management about his concerns.
"They said it's not illegal for them to sell the shirts, but they do understand where I'm coming from,” he said.
10News reached out to the store management who referred us to the district and media managers. 10News left several messages and calls were not returned.
“Before you came up, there were several of them, yup, and they all disappeared … yeah, a lot of them,” said the father.
10News still found a few shirts on the racks in the men's section on Wednesday. They were priced from $5.99 to $8.99.
Irvine-based Tilly's was selling similar clothing including leggings, swimsuits and belts. A Parent Teacher and Student Association petitioned to have the clothes removed from a Huntington Beach location and won. That was last month.
The father would like to see the same thing happen in San Diego.
"Sell shirts that focus on education, you know. I know it's not the popular move but at least it's the right move,” he said.