Twitter users were posting their receipts from other stores to show they were shopping else where. They included the hashtags "Boycott Publix" and "Tweet The Receipt" with their receipt photos.
David Hogg, who survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, organized a "die-in" which took place Friday at 4 p.m. at two Publix locations. The "die-in" lasted for 12 minutes.
"We respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues," the company said.
Hogg was seen early Friday morning at the Publix locations of the planned die-in where he drew 17 chalk outlines of bodies to represent the students killed during the February 14 massacre.
.@Publix is a #NRASellOut
In Parkland we will have a die in the Friday (the 25th) before memorial day weekend. Starting at 4pm for 12 min inside our 2 Publix stores. Just go an lie down starting at 4. Feel free to die in with us at as many other @Publix as possible.
“We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers.
We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve. As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.”