El Paso disc jockey Johnny Kage is under fire after he tweeted that he lied about being in the military to receive discounts at the mall.
The tweet was posted November 5 on Kage’s twitter account. “Cashn in on some savings at the mall..all the cashiers ask if I’m Military which I’m not..I say I am and I save! Lol #winning,” said the post.
The tweet resulted in thousands of comments from El Paso fans and military members at Ft. Bliss. “Not cool saying you’re in the military to get a discount,” said Facebook fan and Ft. Bliss soldier Carol White. “Running ones mouth at a radio station who just sits on his ass does not deserve the honor or a military discount like the ones who are apart from loved once for a year at a time fighting in some nasty war and giving their lives so U can lie about being a soldier I think NOT! You on public radio should be a role model not a liar! Thanks to someone like U we could lose our discounts cause of people like u! Hope u feel good about yourself loser!”
However, not everyone is pointing fingers at Kage. Local cashier Amber Quinonez says the store should require identification before any discounts are provided. “I’m a cashier and I always ask to see their military i.d.” she said. “There [are] other ways to save.”
Kage later tweeted that the comments were a joke. “Funny how “SOME” people have hairs so far up their ass, they cant even take a joke…like the one i made earlier about me saying Im military,” he tweeted.
However, fans were not convinced and demanded a public apology. “Instead of being defensive, why not just apologize?” posted Cynthia Estala. “Even if it was just a joke, we have our military base here and out of respect for the troops a sincere apology would be nice.”
Kage has not apologized for the comments.