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Mansfield residents upset after selectman's tweet about sign

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MANSFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -

A Mansfield selectmen is in hot water after sending a series of tweets that some residents are calling offensive.

After seeing a sign at the West Bridgewater Lowe's that had accepting applications written in Spanish underneath where it was written in English Oliver Kozlowski tweeted "@Lowes what level of customer service can I expect from applicants who need the lower half of this sign?"

The selectmen isn’t backing down from that comment and others that people called racist.

"If you're looking to hire people who are your agents and will be communicating to all people on your behalf it makes sense to me that you would want people who can communicate with all people,” Kozlowski said.

Some people say they are offended and many people said they don’t believe he is representing the town of Mansfield well.

"It's their company they can decide who they can hire. They can hire Americans. They can hire people who speak Spanish, English whatever they want. That's their prerogative,” Bill Clemmey, a Mansfield resident, said.

Others said they saw where the selectman was coming from.

"Well that's kind of wrong, because that's kind of discriminating. But then again, I understand it's hard. You go to a lot of places and you can’t understand what the people are speaking and they look at you like we're the one that's wrong,” Mansfield resident Christy Reed said.

Kozlowski said it has been insinuated that he is anti-immigration.

"It almost gives a chilling effect that one can't speak about certain topics for fear of being accused of something that isn't true,” he said.

Lowe’s isn’t commenting on this particular incident but they did release a statement.

“Lowe’s is committed to providing a pleasant shopping experience for all of our customers.  For many customers English is their second language so our stores have bilingual signage and we recruit prospective employees who are fluent in multiple languages and can communicate in the customer’s preferred language. It’s our way of providing exceptional service and a welcoming shopping experience.”

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