Customers angry over Roxy's choice of wristbands
COLUMBIA - Some customers are angry after Roxy's choice to use wristbands with the words 'hands up, pants up' printed on them.
Protesters showed up on Broadway Avenue in front of Roxy's to express their discomfort with the wristbands. The protesters sat down across the street, forcing Columbia police to close off the street. No arrests have been made at this time. Police have temporarily blocked off the street. The street is now open after protesters started marching down the street.
Roxy's owner Jesse Garcia said the wristbands weren't in anyway directed at the recent protests about the events happening in Ferguson, Mo.
"We've used the wristbands before," Garcia said. "In light of recent events, I think we just need to be more conscientious about what we put on people's hands."
Garcia said the wristbands were only directed at the Roxy's dress code which requires that no one wear 'baggy' or 'sagging' pants.
Student Malcolm Hayden said he was shocked when his girlfriend first told him about what was printed on the wristband.
"It was very distasteful," Hayden said. "This is something that needs to be changed."
Garcia said the wristbands have since been thrown out.
(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to provide the latest information.)