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Cracker Barrel Apologizes After Patron Snaps Photo of “Noose” Hanging From Ceiling

Cracker Barrel Apologizes After Patron Snaps Photo of “Noose” Hanging From Ceiling

When everything is racist, nothing is. And when everything is outrageous, nothing remains to be outrageous.

Can we just enjoy sweet tea and corn bread in peace without people looking for racism hidden in the bread basket, or is that too much to ask?

Cracker Barrel recently apologized after a patron posted a photo of what appeared to be a noose-like knot hanging from the ceiling of a Connecticut location.

More from CNN:

The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain is apologizing after guests saw a decoration that looked like a noose hanging from the ceiling of a Connecticut location.

It was spotted on November 7 among the antique tools, boxes, utensils and other decorations at a restaurant in East Windsor, Connecticut, and customers posted photos and videos on social media.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store media relations told CNN that it was the cord of an old electric soldering iron that had been in the restaurant for years.

“The décor item — an antique soldering iron with an original wrapped cord — in our East Windsor store should have been noticed and corrected before ever being displayed, and it has since been removed,” the company said in an email.

The company said it apologized to the guest who pointed it out and thanked them for doing so.
“We are grateful to our guest who pointed it out to us so we could correct this mistake,” the email said.

“We work hard to create a culture of hospitality that’s welcoming, respectful and inclusive to everyone who walks through our doors,” the company said.

Cracker Barrel also apologized on Twitter in response to a post showing photos of the object.

Tamra Hawkins went to the East Windsor Cracker Barrel on November 8 and posted a video of the store’s decorations on Facebook because she didn’t believe the reports on social media.

She told CNN she’s eaten at that Cracker Barrel, which is about 15 miles north of Hartford, at least four or five times a month for the last five years.

Hawkins didn’t see the cord while she was shooting the video but was outraged when commenters pointed out that it was there.

She told CNN she didn’t believe the company’s explanation and did not accept the apology.

“I would respect it more if they took ownership with poor taste in judgment in the prop being on display,” Hawkins said.

“This antique electric soldering iron has an original wrapped cord,” is where it should have stopped. No further explanation necessary. It’s not the racist thing you think it is, move on. So tired of companies apologizing over ridiculous things like this. The Trader Joes‘ and Goyas of the world shouldn’t be on an island unto themselves for simply saying “no” to childish accusation.

When everything is racist, nothing is. And when everything is outrageous, nothing remains to be outrageous.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 17, 2020 at 5:09 pm

Only the world’s worse Racists imagine should things from innocence.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | November 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm


    Maybe we can get Cracker Barrel to publicize this if we accuse them…..

    Trump Lawyers Powell and Giuliani Claim ‘Massive’ Vote Rigging By Dominion, Allege Company Link to Antifa

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | November 17, 2020 at 5:26 pm

      And this.

      “The ironic thing in what Powell, Giuliani and the Trump legal team have found is that while this sophisticated and likely international plot to rig our elections actually was going to fail, as we watched Trump start to sweep the South and head north across the upper Midwest, it was the good old fashioned in-your-face ballot stuffing that they relied upon to get us to where we are now.

      They have massive evidence and will make a case that will no doubt wind up at SCOTUS. But I do not think it is within their purview to pick the winner. I have a feeling that they will kick it back to the state legislatures. Powell herself made a statement that while absolutely true may also hint at her team’s ultimate goal. She said (paraphrasing) if Chief Justice Roberts does not take up this case then he should be impeached. Kind of harsh words given he’s the guy that’s going to review the case. But perhaps ultimately she figures SCOTUS kicks this back to the state legislatures, they in turn refuse to award any electoral votes and ultimately, the election is decided in the House of Representatives where Trump – in theory – wins it 26-24.”

        If the relevant state legislatures decide that their state will not have any electors at all this year, then Biden wins and it doesn’t go to the House. Remember, Biden already has a solid majority of those electors who have already been chosen, and that’s all he needs. He doesn’t need 270 unless there are 538.

          iowan2 in reply to Milhouse. | November 18, 2020 at 10:27 am

          Of the few states I’ve looked at, if the vote is unable to be certified by the deadline, the power to name electors is delegated to the state house of representatives. The people still get a voice in the election of President, through their elected representative at the state level. It’s important to understand the US Constitution is intentionally structured to prevent direct democracy. Solutions should always be provided by those elected representative closest to the people.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | November 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

          That’s as may be, but the comment I was replying to explicitly said: “perhaps ultimately she figures SCOTUS kicks this back to the state legislatures, they in turn refuse to award any electoral votes”. If that were to happen, Biden would win.

    This is my hometown. I grew up in East Windsor and am thoroughly embarrassed by this. East Windsor was as a diverse town in the 70’s….so this happening here is quite the surprise to many of us. It’s ridiculous.

Please, please, please,PLEASE, dial the sensitivity back from Super-duper to anything less than 5-7! Everything and everyone is not out to get you and there are NO reparations.

“Someone at Cracker Barrel in East Windsor need to explain why there are…”

No, YOU need to explain why you are such a sniveling, punk ass bitch that sees the boogey-man in every shadow.

Snap out of it, grow up, or shut the fuck up. Your choice.

The Friendly Grizzly | November 17, 2020 at 5:12 pm

As I’ve said here and elsewhere: I may as well just BE a racist and live up to their expectorations.

Breakfast is served in an IRON SKILLET! Racist scum! Those skillets can remind you of slavery, it was Corn Pop’s favorite way of eating right before mr sniffles went on lifeguard duty!

Antifundamentalist | November 17, 2020 at 5:24 pm

People need to stop apologizing for manufactured racism. Explain what the item is, if you must, but for the love of the Light, hold your ground against this nonsense!

Cracker Barrel comforts some hypothetical customers, loses many other real customers. Oh well, get woke, go broke.

If every corded loop is a “noose”, then your shoelaces are racist.

In Connecticut? HUH???

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to David Jay. | November 17, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    I’m surprised soldering irons are even legal there.

      “De-milled” I guess. Anyway, soldering irons were used with lead solder and that was dangerous. Will “noose” be banned from the lexicon? I doubt it… they need “noose” to jump the “lynch” to jump to KKK to jump to Trump.

    David Jay in reply to David Jay. | November 17, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Must be a graduate from a prestigious University. They certainly didn’t learn to fear nooses growing up as a child in Connecticut.

    Geologist in reply to David Jay. | November 17, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    I think this comment is pointing out that CT is a Yankee state, not a Confederate state. We didn’t do lynchings in New England and there should be no super-sensitivity to ropes that innocently look sort-of like nooses.

    Dusty Pitts in reply to David Jay. | November 18, 2020 at 1:37 am

    A notorious hotbed of white supremacy, apparently.

    Either that or not all dangling loops are nooses.


    Nah, it’s got to be racism.

There are racists who complain about the name cracker barrel being a hidden racist thing because some blacks call white people cracker. So the Cracker Barrel name is some kind of hidden white agenda against blacks.

I am so sick of all these racist people being offended at life. If they cannot handle simple, every day items without turning them into some kind of trigger then they should just join in their party’s blood lust and end their own life.

It’s their own problem, their psychosis, how is that anyone else’s responsibility?

    zennyfan in reply to oldgoat36. | November 17, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    I love the “enraged” reaction to something that had been there all along. Were the Cracker Barrel people racist on her previous visits, or were their Klan robes out for washing? I really hate these sniveling racemongers.

I can’t say now but at one time the CEO was black.

they should have gone the NASCAR route and waited for the FBI to investigate it

You want to wrap an electrical cord securely? Wrap it like a noose.

These hyperventilating, hypersensitive hypocrites are just walking around looking for stuff to bitch about.

I must be real insensitive because I’m black, unbothered by the sight of a noose or the thought of hanging anybody. They used to hang murderers in the Caribbean, and lots of people want a return to that.

People, just go outside, look up and around, and thank God for the beauty of His creation.

What does valor thief Senator Blumenthal have to say about the matter?

Cracker Barrel should have said NOTHING. If there was some misrepresentation, just take it down. There food has been good, to my experience. I don’t want to know a damned thing about their “corporate beliefs, philosophy, value set, mission, morality” or anything else.

It is regrettable that anyone found themselves in Connecticut, a place that I avoid as a plague.

I’ve got a whole drawer filled with noo — uh, extension cords. Does that make the drawer racist?

Even better, “There is nothing racist about actual nooses, let alone this which isn’t even a noose. Get over yourself.”

The pics don’t match the soldering iron defense. That’s definitely woven rope.

This is so stupid, but why say something so stupid? They don’t even match up.

It’s a good thing these weren’t garage door pulls or the FBI would have to get involved!

Poor, brave bubba

What idiot.

A proper noose has what… 13 turns on a hitch knot?
This is not a proper noose.

So what is Cracker Barrel doing in Connecticut anyway? Do they server grits? My South Georgia Dad always said that Yankees suffered from a grits deficiency.

    henrybowman in reply to hvlee. | November 18, 2020 at 3:09 am

    I fondly remember an editorial cartoon from decades ago, in which a Democrat handler was trying to teach presidential candidate Mike Dukakis to appeal to Southern voters.

    “Let’s hear you say y’all.”
    “No. Y’all.”
    “That’s great! Now try: grits.”

I was reading the Twitter feed of ‘Progressive Blogger” Alfonso Robinson and I have to say my blood pressure must have shot through the roof. This country will never, ever get along if places like Twitter and Facebook remain. The hate is palpable and they have no fear of expressing it. I despise them as much as they despise me but I would be embarrassed as a person to write the things they write.

Has Cracker Barrel apologized for calling it’s white patron’s ‘crackers’?

    Dusty Pitts in reply to | November 18, 2020 at 1:38 am

    What could be more fun than a barrel of crackers?

    henrybowman in reply to | November 18, 2020 at 3:16 am

    Cracker Barrel was the #1 favorite of the RV crowd. However, most of the deplorable crackers I know actually stopped eating at Cracker Barrel back in 2016, when they disallowed concealed carry, and in an extremely cowardly manner to boot (no signs to inform patrons, they just publicly embarrass you and kick you out).

      Evil Otto in reply to henrybowman. | November 18, 2020 at 5:46 am

      That article was about open carry, not concealed carry.

        henrybowman in reply to Evil Otto. | November 18, 2020 at 11:53 pm


        The patron who was ousted was open-carrying, because it was obvious to the management that he was armed.

        The management posted on their sign that unless you are law enforcement, you were not allowed to enter with a gun. Any gun. If you conceal your gun, in all probability they’ll never be aware of it, but still you are not welcome.

        That is now their chain policy, and gun owner organizations have verified it.

      Here in TX, unless they post both 30-06 (concealed) and 30-07 (open) standard signs forbidding it, our response is an extended middle finger and instructions to “get your butt back in the kitchen and make me some pie.”

“She told CNN she’s eaten at that Cracker Barrel, which is about 15 miles north of Hartford, at least four or five times a month for the last five years.”

And . . . she didn’t even notice the thing. But NOW she’s outraged.

Whatev. (And Tamra, girl, all that hashbrown casserole ain’t good for the waistline.)

funny, i thought you went to cracker barrel to eat food. not to sit around staring at the ceiling until you start seeing ghosts, that aren’t even there!

“Someone needs to explain …”

Why? No one *needs* to explain —

YOU *need* to ask. The appropriate people … which is not social media doxxing. It’s called communication and in the old days was done person to person because that was deemed civil, as opposed to snarky superiority which in fact is based on gross ignorance.

Why didn’t you ask (and show your ignorance) privately, thereby avoiding the ridicule you are now receiving in bucketloads, albeit in venues you would never deign to read or appear in.

ASK. Get educated, and then maybe you both should apologize for your racist eyes being unable to see the world realistically, and rather more innocently and pragmatically.

And somewhere along the line you should have someone like Salena Zito introduce you to America.

We need to stop giving these people power.

She told CNN she didn’t believe the company’s explanation and did not accept the apology.
IOW, “I’m gonna rage on you because it makes me feel good and superior, regardless of the truth!”
Note she says they didn’t “take ownership.” From someone who probably has not a single bone in her body with any real sense of responsibility. “Taking ownership” is exactly what Cracker Barrel did. But their version of it doesn’t involve enough flagellation and cancelling for her.

While this complaint is as snowflake and safetyist as the rest, at least this one DOES look like a noose.

    JimWoo in reply to GWB. | November 18, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    If Cracker Barrel gives her one dime I will never eat there again. Even if it was a noose tough crap wake up and tell her to shut up and go away.

    Milhouse in reply to GWB. | November 18, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    No, “taking ownership” would be to say “This is our property, you’re no longer welcome on it”.

Can I be offended by the term “Cracker” – I self-describe as a white male 😉

When did black people get a monopoly over nooses? I’m pretty sure more white men have been hanged than black men have been lynched.

    Milhouse in reply to phelps. | November 18, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    More white people than black people have been lynched. Not only does a noose not imply lynching, but lynching itself is not a racist phenomenon. Yes, some people have been lynched for racial reasons. Some people have been stabbed, or shot, or punched, or decapitated for racial reasons; does that make references to stabbing, shooting, punching, or decapitation racist? Is anything resembling a knife, a gun, a fist, or a sword racist? Come on, man.

The most racist thing by far is militant black people.

Somebody’s looking for a payoff.

Cracker Barrel should ban her for life.

Every electrical extension cord and every bundle of rope, in fact, every bundle of yarn I’ve ever seen or purchased in Walmart is secured in the fashion of a noose.

They got a lot of work to do fixing all those hate crime objects.