Grocery Chains Unite, Tabloids Taken Off Shelves
Posted September 3, 1997
RALEIGH — Two of the nation's largest supermarket chains say they will not sell tabloid papers that publish pictures of the car crash that killed Princess Diana.
Kroger Corporation and Winn-Dixie announced their decisions Wednesday, while Food Lion, and Harris Teeter were also considering joining their fellow grocers in the ban.
Shoppers told WRAL'sMark Roberts they are behind the move all the way.
Jeannette Bennett says it's a great idea. She says if it weren't for the Paparazzi chasing Diana, the car wouldn't have been going so fast, and the accident might not have happened.
Betty Barbour agrees. She says Diana was a great lady who doesn't deserve to have such things published. Barbour isn't worried about what people may say about censorship.
Nese Pulley says even though the accident happened in another country, when she heard about it, she felt like it was happening here. Pulley also blames the media. She believes everyone needs privacy.
Most of the photos being talked about won't be out until later this week. Some of the tabloids are claiming they won't publish the photos of Diana's final moments in their magazines.
Harris Teeter and Winn Dixie have already pulled some tabloids off the shelves, after receiving customer complaints. The pictures in those issues were taken well before Diana was killed. So already, the tragedy is having a ripple effect, at least in local stores.