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Former Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms took to Twitter to voice her complaint about racial discrimination by Publix.

Keisha, who declined to run for a second term in office, compared empty Publix stores in the Black community to fully stocked stores in affluent northern Atlanta neighborhoods.

She tweeted:

"I've received 8 messages & counting from my very polite @Instacart shopper over the last 10 minutes about missing items in the Cascade Rd @Publix. I shopped in Buckhead & Vinings last week and no one else seems to have the supply chain issues."

Keisha lives on the southwest side where she was raised. That side of town is slowly gentrifying but is still majority Black.

The mom-of-four shared a screenshot of photos in text messages from her Instacart shopper showing empty store shelves at Publix in the hood.

Keisha wrote:

"Shelves in SW Atlanta have consistently looked like this for months. I've not seen anything like this when shopping in @Publix stores in other areas."

She hinted that Publix prioritizes stores in affluent neighborhoods north of Atlanta, where groceries are plentiful.

An embarrassed spokesperson for Publix responded to Keisha's complaints by assuring her that the "supply chain" was at fault.

"Hi Keisha. The supermarket supply chain is under a lot of stress, impacted by product and labor shortages, demand, record exports, shipping constraints, and inflation. We appreciate your understanding as we work to obtain as much product as possible for our customers."

Keisha replied by reiterating her suspicions that the grocery store giant is discriminating in Black neighborhoods:

"Thank you for the prompt response. I understand the global challenges, but it is difficult to understand why some stores, within a few miles of each other, are consistently stocked and others are not."

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Publix will no longer require fully vaccinated shoppers to wear masks at their supermarkets, company officials said on Friday. Employees are also free to work without masks. The new policy went into effect on Saturday.

Trader Joe's was the first major grocery chain to drop mask mandates for employees and customers after the CDC issued new guidance.

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CVS, Walmart and Costco also changed their policy regarding masks. Customers who are fully vaccinated can roam about the stores without masks.

The no mask policy by major retailers does not require proof of vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on Thursday, ending mask mandates indoors for individuals who are fully vaccinated.

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Publix's Twitter account responded to questions regarding non-vaccinated shoppers going maskless inside stores. A Publix rep said shoppers will be on the honor system.

"Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be reminded of face covering requirements through store entrance signage. We expect everyone in our stores to do their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19."

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Police identified the man who took six guns and body armor into an Atlanta Publix supermarket.

Rico Marley, 22, was arrested Wednesday after he walked into the Publix supermarket at Atlantic Station with six guns.

A manager called 911 to report a man came into the store with a rifle and headed toward the mens restroom.

"A witness observed the male and alerted store management, who then notified police," Atlanta police spokesman Officer Anthony Grant told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Officers and SWAT team members arrived within minutes and took Marley into custody. According to police he was carrying two long guns and four handguns, all of which were concealed.

Marley does not have a concealed carry license.

Charles Russell, who delivers groceries for Instacart, told Channel 2 Action News he saw a man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle inside the store.

"(That) kind of startled me with the events that recently happened in the grocery store up in Colorado," Russell said, referring to the mass shooting in a Boulder supermarket that left 10 people dead.

Anti-Trump jihadist Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was arrested in that case.

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Police in Naples, Florida found six people dead in a home, including 5 young children, after responding to a missing person's report on Saturday (9/19).

Mesac Damas, 33, the husband of the deceased woman and the father of the 5 children, is being sought for questioning. According to online reports, Damas boarded a flight early Friday morning bound for Haiti.

The suspect's father Jean Damas Sr., called police to say Damas telephoned his brother in Haiti where he has other family members. Capt. Chris Roberts of the Naples police dept. said local authorities are working with Haitian officials to extradite Damas from Haiti, but any extradition would take time.

A family member told the media the children's throats were slit. The bodies of Guerline Damas, her 3 boys and 2 girls were found around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in an apartment in a gated community in the 800 block of Hampton Circle in North Naples.

School officials left an automated message on the couple's voicemail after it was discovered that the three boys were absent from school on Friday.

A family member filed a missing person's report Friday after Guerline Damas failed to show up to work at Publix.

On Friday morning, store employees reached her husband on his cell phone. Mesac told them his wife was sick and on the way to the hospital.

Police believe Damas was at Miami International airport when he took that call. By 10 a.m. that morning, Damas was on a flight to Haiti.

Last week, Damas updated his Facebook account with the words, "Good people do not go to heaven, only sinners do! Thank you God I am going to heaven."

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