Controversy continues for Durham, Cary shirt

July 4, 2013 1:13:35 PM PDT
The man behind a controversial Cary and Durham t-shirt is trying to do some good, but he can't.

Designer Gabriel Eng-Goetz designed the novelty tee that reads: "I'd rather be shot in Durham than die of boredom in Cary.'

Now Eng-Goetz wants to make a donation from the shirt's sales to a nonprofit organization, but he is having trouble finding one willing to be linked to the shirt.

The Durham native wanted to donate 20 percent of sales to the North Carolina Victims Assistance Network, to show he and his company are contributing members of the community. He said the company did not want to accept the donation.

"It wasn't so much to appease those offended. It was just more of my way of giving back to the community. I'm born and raised in Durham. I love the city, so anyway I can give back, I'm going to," Eng-Goetz said.

The designer said  so far three nonprofits have shot him down.

"I thought it was pretty wild too. You know, I'm trying to give you free money and help a good cause. But you know this day and age, with people so politically sensitive, people trying to be politically correct, I can understand. The smallest thing can set off a hail storm," Eng-Goetz said.

He said he is trying to reach an agreement with other organizations.

Meanwhile, Eng-Goetz is also having a hard time finding stores willing to sell the shirt. There's only one place in the Triangle that has agreed to sell it. Board Paradise in Durham received some samples Wednesday night.

"We have people putting them on hold so there's a big demand for them already," Board Paradise owner Matt Kelly said.

The shirt is also on presale order and over 100 shirts have been sold.

Click here to see how to preorder the shirts.

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