An Irish American is hording St. Patrick’s Day merchandise like they’re lucky charms.
Fed up with what he sees as a holiday celebrated on stereotypes, New York resident Kevin Westley stormed over to a nearby Walmart last month and purchased every single “offensive” Irish-themed trinket he could find — totalling about $900.
“The idea is to take the t-shirts off the shelves,” he told Irish Central.
The problem? Westley is sick of seeing Irish culture associated with drunken behaviour. All that merchandise he buys never even sees the light of day, it just gets stuffed into a container or in the trunk of his car.
“…you don’t really see this for any other holiday. It’s just that for some reason people feel they can get away with it for St. Patrick’s Day,” he said.
Westley’s referring to the slogans you often see plastered on these Irish-themed t-shirts, like “I’m so Irish I sweat alcohol”.
And when you think about it, he’s got a point:
— ANDREW W.K. (@AndrewWK) March 12, 2015
— Kira (@Kira_on_ebay) March 16, 2015
My shirt for the St Patrick’s day parade has arrived pic.twitter.com/jlA555bL1Y
— Rick (@rickbroge) March 3, 2015
— eBay Tweet History (@ebaytwhistory) February 15, 2015
Westley isn’t just wasting hundreds of dollars to make a point though, he’s actually pretty smart about the way he goes about protesting. Rather than shelling out the cash, he simply runs the charges on his credit card and then returns all of the merchandise, for a full refund on March 18.
But if you want to get your hands on his secret stash any earlier, we’d recommend looking for it near the end of a rainbow.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.