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Enigmatic
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The original story of a woman getting kicked off a flight for wearing an offensive t-shirt has been mentioned in another thread.

However, TShirt Hell has just announced that they would provide free alternate travel arrangements for anyone who gets kicked off a flight for wearing one of their shirts. I was wondering what people thought about this offer.

Warning! The page linked below doesn't have any offensive language other than the H-word in the company's name, but following any of the links on their site will lead to their t-shirt pages which contain some shirts that are offensive in nearly every conceivable way. The story is safe, the rest of the site isn't.
Here's their travel offer.

--Enigmatic

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MyrddinFyre
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That's pretty neat.
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jeniwren
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I think that's lovely. [Smile]
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And I quote:
"Your organization's Internet use policy restricts access to this web page at this time.

Reason:
The Websense category "Tasteless" is filtered.


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URL:
http://www.tshirthell.com/traveloffer.htm


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jeniwren
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Enigmatic, I know you warned us not to look, but I'm not very obedient, obviously, because this tshirt left me [ROFL]

http://www.tshirthell.com/store/product.php?productid=510

(repeats offensive content warning)

edit: Don't look if you haven't read the Half Blood Prince yet.

[ October 14, 2005, 04:08 PM: Message edited by: jeniwren ]

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Enigmatic
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Websense bans by the entire domain name, unfortunately. I know this because my own website is also filtered out in the "Tasteless" category. I think that's inaccurrate though, because extremely bad taste is still taste.

Jeniwren: It's not that I don't want you to look, I just want you to know what you're getting into. There are a lot of shirts on that site that the majority of Hatrack would hate, and it's only fair to have a nice big warning.

--Enigmatic

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jeniwren
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(I know and I appreciate it. I wouldn't have wanted to wander into that site unaware.)
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NOOOO! One of those shirts spoiled the next Harry Potter book for me! *tear*
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You cannot access the following Web address:
http://www.tshirthell.com/store/product.php?productid=510

The site you requested is blocked under your organization's filtering policy. It fits into the following filtering category(ies) that your organization has chosen to block: Profanity, Nudity

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MandyM
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Will they also provide me with a new job when I lose mine after trying to look at their website at work?
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jeni, you know I hadn't read that yet.
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Enigmatic
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Maybe, if you want a job sewing t-shirts in a sweatshop somewhere. [Big Grin]

--Enigmatic

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[ROFL] [ROFL] [ROFL] at that shirt, jeni!!
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Enigmatic
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Here's the text of the offer, for those who can't access the site due to webfilters. (I didn't copy the fine print/how it works part though.)
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Recently a woman was kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight in Reno after she refused to cover up a T-shirt some considered to be in poor taste. We believe her only crime was purchasing a t-shirt from somewhere other than tshirthell.com

At T-Shirt Hell we are dedicated to protecting the rights and civil liberties of our customers. One of these liberties is freedom of expression, and another equally important one is freedom of travel.

We have decided to make the following offer: if any T-Shirt Hell customer is kicked off of any commercial airline flight simply for wearing one of our shirts, we will provide you with alternate transportation to get you to your original destination. This transportation includes, but is not limited to, the T-Shirt Hell corporate jet.

We will not allow our customers to be intimidated into wearing less interesting clothing, or forced to cover up our shirts. Or even worse, we don’t want our customers to have to remove their shirts and display their pale, flabby midsections and suffer the taunts of the other passengers. T-Shirt Hell customers are supposed to be subjecting the other passengers to ridicule, and not the other way around.

This is not a joke. But by no means should this be construed as a challenge or a contest. We are not trying to encourage anyone to actively or intentionally engage in an attempt to disrupt operations of a commercial flight. Doing that is dangerous, stupid, and against the law. If you get yourself kicked off for being drunk, abusive, belligerent, having poor personal hygiene, or any form of general disorderly conduct you are on your own. If you are reasonable, and courteous, and are refused passage solely for getting up in the morning and putting on your favorite t-shirt, we'll get you alternate transportation, and pick up the tab.


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camus
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I would link to the ones that made me [ROFL] but then I'd probably get banned.


I even laughed at the really bad ones. [Frown]

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jeniwren
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[Frown] Zan, I'm so sorry. I should have spoiler warned. Still read it. I actually don't think that's the most important part.
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Icarus
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I found the spoiler before reading the rest of the thread, when I went and read all their T-Shirts.

Maybe a spoiler warning on the first post?

[/whine]

To be honest, I think I've had that particular surprise spoiled a couple of times already . . . :-\

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I am very, very tempted by the baby t-shirt that says, "All Mommy wanted was a backrub" [ROFL]
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camus
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back to the original topic...

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At T-Shirt Hell we are dedicated to protecting the rights and civil liberties of our customers. One of these liberties is freedom of expression, and another equally important one is freedom of travel.
Well, I wouldn't exactly consider a corporation that requires a dress code to be encroaching on civil liberties.
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No, but a company granted permission to use a protected and limited public commodity should necessarily protect certain things other companies are allowed to curtial, IMO.
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camus
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OK, I can accept that, but who gets to determine which liberties or rights are protected?
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That depends on a lot of things, but the short answer is:

The authors of the Constitution, Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court, each with their own part to play.

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Enigmatic
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quote:
Originally posted by camus:
OK, I can accept that, but who gets to determine which liberties or rights are protected?

Me! I called dibs. [Razz]

--Enigmatic

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