Former North Carolina state Rep. Scott Stone took to Twitter Friday afternoon to voice his righteous indignation with a furniture chain’s reduced hours and appointment-only shopping policies.
“Dear @potterybarn (and other retailers),” the proud forced-birther with an “A” NRA rating wrote, in a tweet that’s been deleted (cached here) in the time since I started writing this story. “ I am NOT shopping by appointment. You’re allowed to be open, so be open. And why close at 5 when mall is open until 7? Do you actually want to sell anything?” Based on the time stamp of the tweet, Stone had gotten to the mass home goods retailer within minutes of its closing.
It’s unclear what the failed Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, who has been using the platform to complain about the Tar Heel State’s COVID-19 restrictions under Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, expected to happen. Did he expect employees to be ordered to open by the corporate social media team while he was in line at Orange Julius? Did he expect free coupons to help dull the pain of not being permitted to touch $200+ faux-alpaca throw blankets with his own two hands? Did he expect commiseration from fellow Reopen! protesters who also were denied the joy of running an ungloved finger along the faux-distressed frames of a Statement Mirror?
Whatever Stone, a huge fan of voter ID, may have expected, what he got was so much better.
First, the tweet itself! You’ll note that Stone originally was self-aware enough to applaud the geniuses whose creative labor amused him, even as he lectured those who “took it in a partisan direction.”
Now for the responses! Oh, the responses.
Pottery Barn trending number one and its not because their candles are overpriced 🤷🏾♂️
— Nick 🏳️🌈 (@Fiddies2) May 23, 2020
This one made a play on one of the Branch Covidians’ favorite sign slogans!
Give me linens, or give me death! pic.twitter.com/J1ka678y5Y
— Marie Connor (@thistallawkgirl) May 23, 2020
It’s all about perspective, y’all.
I thought health care workers who were getting pay cuts and rationing PPE had it bad.
But, then I saw that poor Scott has been inconvenienced by having to make an appointment at the Pottery Barn and it really put things in perspective for me.
Thoughts & prayers, Scotty. pic.twitter.com/cbf1cahVzm
— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) May 23, 2020
Who’s the snowflake, really?
Hard-pressed to think of a more perfect definition of “snowflake” than “grown man who gets upset when a global pandemic makes it hard to shop at Pottery Barn exactly when he feels like it.” https://t.co/TCt45VQeAA
— Farmer Jones (@thefarmerjones) May 23, 2020
Many praised Pottery Barn for protecting its staff.
Speaking as a frontline worker: Smart companies are not endangering the health and safety of their staff, just because your privileged, uneducated ass, isn't considering the health and wellbeing of others.
Good on pottery barn for looking out for it's employees. pic.twitter.com/qXC8Jlbdbp
— кεℓℓү (@Kainin) May 23, 2020
Stone has a pretty vague platform on his website (along with an embedded Twitter feed), but there’s no question of his unwavering support of law enforcement—except for those “Sanctuary Sheriffs” who won’t help ICE, of course. Anyway, this tweet feels aligned with Stone’s alignment.
OPEN THIS POTTERY BARN NOW, YOU TYRANTS, OR I'M CALLING THE COPS
— bitteranagram (@bitteranagram) May 23, 2020
Considering North Carolina’s history with protecting businesses’ right to inflict discrimination upon the LGBTQ+ community, this is particularly biting.
Just to be clear: Bakers don’t have to make cakes for gays, but Pottery Barn must stay open whether it wants to or not so Scott can get some new throw rugs? https://t.co/7bCgGk7uib
— Jeff Sharlet (@JeffSharlet) May 23, 2020
Stone’s vague stances are definitely pro-business, and anti-regulation, so this is a great point.
Republicans don't believe in government telling business how to do business…
…until they do. https://t.co/eAZPJiQEQH
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 23, 2020
As is this one.
Rep. Scott: I agree it’s an outrage that a privately-owned business refuses to serve customers when they demand it, like when I’m hungry for chicken sandwiches on Sundays yet Chick-fil-A refuses to open its doors regardless of how long I hold my breath.
— Don Hammond (@bluestatedon) May 23, 2020
“Nanny Stone” does have a certain ring to it.
I’m old enough to remember when Republicans said they believed businesses should make their own decisions without The Nanny State telling them what to do. Then here comes along Nanny Stone. Sad. https://t.co/CSKMhLQSdd
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) May 23, 2020
Who cares about science and danger? Nobody should have to plan ahead to purchase a set of bartending tools that fit in a holder shaped like a boat.
Ok that does sound serious but I still don't see why we have to make an appointment to shop at Pottery Barn. https://t.co/Ly7KsRA0s4
— YesBiscuit (@YesBiscuit) May 23, 2020
It’s just cruel, really.
The only thing that separates America from Nazi Germany is the late PM shopping hours at Pottery Barn. Without those two Pottery Barn hours during this pandemic, we are lost. What even is America if I can't shop at Pottery barn between 5-7 pm? It's a fucking garbage country.
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) May 23, 2020
And the GIFs, my friends. The GIFs.
— MarieCassidy (@severncassidy) May 23, 2020
Of course, COVID-19 doesn’t only kill older people. That tweet is actually referencing another poor choice Stone made with his tweetin’ thumbs in recent hours, where he defended his infamous tweet by dismissing the nearly 100,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19. “96k US deaths are tragic,” Stone generously acknowledged in the since-deleted tweet; “but of Mecklenburg Co’s 72 deaths, 100% had pre- existing conditions or were in nursing homes.”
Charlotte-area comedians (Stone once represented the area) were in shock that Stone could have such an impact on the nation.
— Charlotte Squawks (@CltSquawks) May 24, 2020
Shortly before deleting the tweet that made the construction CEO a household name, however briefly, Stone tried, in yet another deleted tweet (cached), to reframe the whole mess as the fault of “lefties.”
“Love how lefties are so worked up about my last tweet which highlights the frustrations so many have about how slow NC economy is reopening – slower than most states,” the failed politician wrote. “Maybe they believe govt should continue to write checks forever and keep the entire economy closed?”
Thing is, even self-described conservatives were disgusted by the millionaire’s lament.
I’m a conservative not that it matters what anyone’s political views are when voicing an opinion about your Pottery Barn temper tantrum whine…. You’re just a schmuck😂
— Auntie Em (@AuntieEm1970) May 23, 2020
Some were even angry.
As a lifelong Republican, let me be the first to say that you're an idiot for posting this. Since everyone is coming out of the woodwork to talk about their freedoms, looks like Pottery Barn is excising theirs and bravo to them – from a high risk 43 yr old who'd like to see 44
— WascallyWabit (@WabitWascally) May 23, 2020
By the time the tweets were deleted, of course, it was far too late. Stone also forgot one pesky detail.
Rep. Scott Stone deleted his infamous Pottery Barn tweets but forgot to delete his replies. 😂 https://t.co/8GTz3D6W8X
— 🌺 (@samanthacoast) May 23, 2020
This tweet is probably an accurate summary of Stone’s perception of his own entitlement.
Content warning: brief inconvenience, houseware-related trauma
In perhaps today’s most harrowing story, former Representative Scott Stone of North Carolina was unable to make immediate purchases at an area Pottery Barn.
Please keep Scott in your thoughts at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/zki6leYD6a
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 24, 2020
In all seriousness, in addition to minimizing employee exposure to the novel coronavirus, these new policies are designed to protect consumers.
What kills me about this FORMER NC Representative bitching about Pottery Barn is that he doesn't realize that the employees have to sanitize everything after every shift. That's why they close early. And they're appointment only bc they only want serious buyers. Entitled prick.
— Noodle Bae (@jkfrommer) May 24, 2020
Here’s to all the businesses that are doing what’s right, even if they do charge over $100 for shower curtains.
Stay safe, dear reader!