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Company that glamorizes drug use lashes out at mom who lost her son to overdose!

Posted by on Aug. 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM
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Company That Makes T-Shirts Glorifying Drugs Tells Mom No One Cares That Her Kid Overdosed

 

pillsWhat's worse than a company that glamorizes drug use by selling clothes printed with logos of commonly abused prescription drugs (and instructions on how to use them)? A company that glamorizes drug use AND lashes out at a mom who lost her son to an overdose!

Patty DiRenzo of New Jersey has been actively campaigning against drug abuse since losing her 26-year-old son Sal to a heroin overdose five years ago, so she was understandably horrified when she saw the designs of California-based Urban Stash Spot Clothing: sweatshirts, T-shirts, shorts, and pants printed with what look like label designs for such medications as Vicodin, Percocet, Codeine, Xanax and Adderall. Here's an example:

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So naturally, the concerned DiRenzo wrote an email to the company:

"Explain to me how glamorizing drugs on clothes is good??? I lost my son to drugs and do not understand why you would create clothing that glamorizes them," she wrote.

"I will be reaching out to my support groups through social media to fight against your clothing,"  she added.

Most likely DiRenzo wasn't expecting a warm, friendly email in response -- but I doubt she was expecting a reply quite as hateful as the one she received. 

The first email DiRenzo received read:

"B***h, help your kid out next time."

And the messages just got worse from there:

"#UrbanGangB***h, don't be mad at Fields cause ur [sic] son made stupid decisions," read the second email. But the third (each email was from a different company employee) was definitely the worst of all:

"No one gives a f*** how you lost your son. F*** YOUR SON. I'd kill em [sic] myself if he was alive still lol jk you f***ing petty b***h ... post this too you f***ing lowlife. You still won't do a damn thing and you aren't going to change s***! You're as insignificant as a grain of sand so just wash away."

Unbelievable! How cruel can you get? I understand that Urban Stash Spot Clothing sees nothing wrong with their designs (after all, they're the ones manufacturing and selling the clothing), but their response is beyond uncalled for. If nothing else, this kind of behavior is incredibly damaging to the reputation of their business -- did no one think of that? And to make light of such a tragic loss is simply unforgivable. Of course, once DiRenzo realized the level of screwed-up-ness she was dealing with, she was pretty much paralyzed with shock.

"I didn't know what to do," DiRenzo said.

She continued: "I was so dumbfounded because I couldn't believe a business would operate this way."

No doubt! Who CAN believe that? Although perhaps the history of Urban Stash Spot Clothing serves as something of a clue: Apparently the business was started by "two brothers and a close friend" while in prison. Guess that's not exactly a surprise. As for what DiRenzo or anyone else can do about the company, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that no one probably has to do much of anything -- this venture will probably fall apart all on its own, if these emails are any indication of how they run their business. I mean, if people want to wear these clothes, they're free to do it -- but supporting such callous mean-spiritedness is another thing entirely. If the content of their designs alone doesn't merit a boycott, their actions certainly do.

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by Anonymous 1 on Aug. 8, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Herson was 26 years old. No teenager who thinks it is cool. It is not the tshirts company that is at fault for her 26 yr old adult sons drug use. People want ton blame blame blame to take the heat off of themselves because they feel they failed as parents and most of the time that is not true either. The person toblamefor her sons death is her son. hen was old enpugh to understand what he was doing an did it anyhow,  Did she honestly expectthis company to give a damn?? She can take her little support group amd raise all kinds of hell but will it matter? People his age know better and teens will do as they damn well please. We wil NEVER win the the was on drugsandthe GOvt is doing nothing to win it either too busy destroying the USA. More people die from OD here then guns LOL BUt they go after the guns instead of the people behind the drugs.

faire_jour
by on Aug. 8, 2015 at 3:27 PM
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They are to blame for their nasty responses though.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

Herson was 26 years old. No teenager who thinks it is cool. It is not the tshirts company that is at fault for her 26 yr old adult sons drug use. People want ton blame blame blame to take the heat off of themselves because they feel they failed as parents and most of the time that is not true either. The person toblamefor her sons death is her son. hen was old enpugh to understand what he was doing an did it anyhow,  Did she honestly expectthis company to give a damn?? She can take her little support group amd raise all kinds of hell but will it matter? People his age know better and teens will do as they damn well please. We wil NEVER win the the was on drugsandthe GOvt is doing nothing to win it either too busy destroying the USA. More people die from OD here then guns LOL BUt they go after the guns instead of the people behind the drugs.


LoveMyDog
by Bronze Member on Aug. 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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And giving them free advertising was probably the point to their nastiness.  If Cafe Mom or the Daily Mail gave a shit they would black out the name of the company.

Valentina327
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2015 at 7:15 AM
While I think the shirts are stupid and can't imagine why anyone would but something so hideous, I don't think they glorified or encouraged drug use by any stretch.

I can't believe those responses. Do they have 13 year old juvenile delinquents running their customer service?

Unbelievable.
justpeachy71904
by Member on Aug. 9, 2015 at 7:20 AM
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So so sad.

Unfortunately the drug business will never die. It will always be big and booming in America.and world wide. These fools know this.

Poor lady. She is dealing with a different breed. Trash actually.
FBomber76
by on Aug. 9, 2015 at 8:20 AM
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She didn't blame them for her son's death. She feels that the company shouldn't glamorize drug use. Big difference.

The company is full of asshats. Probably dumb, entitled, early 20s, whose rich daddy fronted the cash for their shit business.

Their reaction was completely uncalled for.

Quoting Anonymous 1:

Herson was 26 years old. No teenager who thinks it is cool. It is not the tshirts company that is at fault for her 26 yr old adult sons drug use. People want ton blame blame blame to take the heat off of themselves because they feel they failed as parents and most of the time that is not true either. The person toblamefor her sons death is her son. hen was old enpugh to understand what he was doing an did it anyhow,  Did she honestly expectthis company to give a damn?? She can take her little support group amd raise all kinds of hell but will it matter? People his age know better and teens will do as they damn well please. We wil NEVER win the the was on drugsandthe GOvt is doing nothing to win it either too busy destroying the USA. More people die from OD here then guns LOL BUt they go after the guns instead of the people behind the drugs.

Patti-Gee
by Bronze Member on Aug. 9, 2015 at 10:23 AM


  Ehh with the amount of "fake" responses/reciepts going around, I guess everyone wants their "15 minutes" of fame. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Aug. 9, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Nah, I have to agree--although I wouldn't be so harsh

Was her son wearing one of those shirts while doing perscripion drugs? No, wasn't doing prescriptions drugs and he never saw one of those shirts--so how does one have anything to do with the other.

You can't legislate or ban every single thing that you, personally, have feelings about. She's coming from pure emotion--not the ramifications of surpressing the constitution to make one person feel like she's "made a difference".  You shouldn't need to legislate for safety, or because people are stupid. Personal responsibility goes a long way...and also makes you less sensitive to innocous things, like silly t-shirts.

The difference she should have been making was in her OWN son's life before he o'd, not by making a mountain from a mole hill over a t-shirt.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Aug. 9, 2015 at 7:17 PM

I don't believe they really wrote those replies to her about her regarding her email.

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