Recep Turhan, the owner of a Greenwich chip store, and Cagri, the shop manager, are facing blowback over the name of their establishment, which has been branded "Jack the Chipper."
For those of you that may not know, its a play on words of the actual term, or person rather, Jack the Ripper. He was a serial killer that operated in the area and surrounding areas of Whitechapel in 1888 against women.
As expected, the shop has received a heavy amount of backlash over the name. Customers are perplexed as to why the owners don’t see the magnitude of the situation. In response to comments made by the public, Recep Turhan said “They were historical events. I wasn’t celebrating what he did, its a play on words. It’s not like it’s a murder from last year.”
Many deem his response as insensitive, but Recep is adamant on keeping the name and has already offered incentives such as 50% off orders for women, to show his ‘respect’.
The public does not appear to be backing down on this one, as Jack the Ripper's murders were really incomprehensible and rocked Britain to its core. It's hard to understand why anyone would want to be connected with such violence, let alone a chip store.
On the other hand, numerous people appear to like the joke and have no problem with the name. Several Twitter users used the medium to express their opinions.
One user wrote “I’m sorry but if you’re offended by a chippy called Jack the Chipper, then you need to go back to bed.”
Some would argue that any publicity is good publicity. Is it, however, worth it when it comes to your company's survival?
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