SILVERHILL, Ala. (WKRG) – An employee of a Silverhill gas station was caught off guard this weekend when he was stocking shelves and saw something that he says upset him.
‘The Zone’ employee found almost a dozen business cards and flyers for the KKK scattered throughout the store.
“We have people of all races come through here,” said the employee, who doesn’t want to be identified.
He said he was stocking shelves Saturday night when he found them randomly spread through the convenience store which is located off County Road 55. “It was like a racist Easter egg hunt. They were scattered all through the building.”
The employee tells News 5 he became angry with the discovery. “It’s sickening because we’re pretty high volume. We have quite a lot of people coming in and out at certain times of the day so I can’t keep an eye on everybody.”
The numbers on the cards had area codes from Mississippi and North Carolina. However, the cards seemed to advertise membership in Alabama.
The employee says he threw them away in the trash can and says the store would never allow their distribution on its property.
Brittany Reynolds is a frequent shopper at ‘The Zone.’ “This is a really friendly store, you know. Nice environment, that’s why I come in all the time. As far as KKK? I’m astonished.”
“I’m surprised because I’m up here every morning to get gas so I’ve never seen anything to do with the KKK up here,” said another frequent shopper and Loxley resident, Joseph Davidson.
News 5 called the numbers on both the flyers and cards.
We received several calls back and did an interview with a KKK member from North Carolina.
However, we decided not to air the interview because of what was said.
The man tells us his members put flyers and business cards out at gas stations all across the country. He says there’s nothing wrong with what they’re doing because of freedom of speech.
He also says he and the other members are planning a KKK rally in lower Alabama for the end of October.