• Some DNC labeled merchandise isn't made locally

    By: Allison Latos


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The economy and creating jobs will definitely be a big topic of the Democratic National Convention.

    Eyewitness News learned some shirts that say "DNC" on them aren't made locally or even in this country. The Walmart store off Independence Boulevard is selling T-shirts that say "DNC" and "Democratic National Convention," but the tag states they were made in Honduras.

    Eyewitness News contacted Walmart for a comment, but had not received a response as of Thursday afternoon.

    The Charlotte Visitor Information Center in uptown is also selling DNC labeled clothing. The T-shirts for sale were made in Haiti.

    Officials from the Convention and Visitors Bureau said they purchased the shirts from a Denver, Colo. vendor but had them printed in Charlotte.

    Some voters were not upset to hear some clothing was created overseas.

    "The economies are such a scale that they have to go outside the country to get some of this stuff made, or we wouldn't buy it,” John Geuss of Charlotte said.  “A T-shirt has to be at a certain price.”

    The Harr family wasn't happy.

    “For this event, it should be made in America, and I would rather buy it made in America," said Samantha Harr.

    The Harrs are thinking of relocating to Charlotte from Long Island, N.Y.

    "It's important that people look at the labels and buy from local vendors to support the local economy," said Graig Harr.

    The DNC Host Committee told Eyewitness News any official event merchandise sold in their store will be made in America.

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