When a company does something despicable, there are a lot of ways to address it. If one happens to be, say, mayor of a major city, one’s options are even greater. One can denounce the business, call for a boycott, even send in officials to search out any violations.
One thing you just can’t do, however, is send in people to just confiscate offensive — but not illegal — merchandise.
I’ve spoken out before against the “STOP SNITCHIN” T-shirts. I think they’re vile, contemptible, and borderline evil. They might even merit being banned — I think it’s a debatable point.
But the seizures Boston’s Mayor Menino is calling for — that’s just too far.