When worded properly to avoid targeting specific groups, warning signs can be a small comfort to customers. Such signs should send a positive message regarding safety, not one that could be construed to target specific groups.
As far as the sign of the times at Mounds Mall, perhaps the posting should carry a further explanation to make it clear why hoodies should be lowered, as well as a note that the policy is not intended to single out specific groups.
In summary, Mounds Mall’s “lower your hoodie” policy is an understandable safety measure, but the signs announcing it could be worded better to avoid the interpretation that a specific group is being targeted.
— The Herald Bulletin, Anderson