Home Depot worker's "America Was Never Great" hat causes stir

A Home Depot employee is causing quite a stir online after a photo of her in her trademark orange apron and a hat that read "America Was Never Great" went viral. "I was honestly shocked -- I didn't expect any of this to happen," Staten Island resident  Krystal Lake, a Bernie Sanders supporter, told the Staten Island Advance.

A spokeswoman from Atlanta-based Home Depot said employees aren't to wear items that reflect political statements, but Lakes says she "definitely" will wear her hat to work again.

"I feel it offended a lot of people because a lot of (Donald) Trump supporters live in Staten Island," she told the Staten Island Advance, noting her hat's send up of Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. "Trump is very rash and in your face, but when someone else has a message against him, his supporters can't take the criticisms."

New York City Council candidate Alex Gomez tweeted his support of Lake's sentiments:

This metro Atlanta resident tweeted his support as well:

But many detractors are voicing their opinion, too:

This shopper says he's going to Lowe's from now on:

And this guy saluted the freedom of expression Americans enjoy:

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Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett
Jennifer Brett is a multiplatform journalist and digital coach. She writes The Buzz blog for accessAtlanta.com.