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Sunday, December 9, 2007

"Christmas" Verbotten At Sears & Kmart

Thank you Tammy Bruce and Liberty Counsel for letting me know that the three Christmas generic non-specific religious day of observance gifts that I purchased at Kmart may have inadvertently brought great offense to their employees and other customers of different religions. Vincent V., a representative from Sears Holdings Corporation, explains their decision:
The reason for our use of holiday tree is due to the [sic] Sears Holding is a very diverse company, we do not want to offend any of our associates, but also our valued customers. We decided to call them holiday trees because even if Christians are the only religion that uses a Christmas tree we still do not want complaints from other customers of different religions complaining about our use of Christmas.
They weren't big gifts, two were really just stocking stuffers, but God Allah Buddha whatever! knows I don't want to offend anyone, so I will be returning them tomorrow with my apologies.

I would urge y'all to do the same, and to contact Sears Holdings Corporation at (847) 286-2500 to let them know you won't be bringing any offense (or money) to them this CHRISTMAS!

Update: My letter to the CEO of Sears Holding Corporation
To: Mr. Aylwin B. Lewis, CEO, Sears Holding Corporation

Via: eMail and Fax

Dear Mr. Lewis,

I am writing to express my deepest apologies to you and your company. It was with great regret that I learned that I had brought offense to the employees and my fellow customers when I recently shopped at my local Kmart for Christmas gifts. That was surely not my intention.

I was heartbroken at my faux pas when I read the following statement by "Vincent V." a representative of Sears Holding Corporation:

"The reason for our use of holiday tree is due to the [sic] Sears Holding is a very diverse company, we do not want to offend any of our associates, but also our valued customers. We decided to call them holiday trees because even if Christians are the only religion that uses a Christmas tree we still do not want complaints from other customers of different religions complaining about our use of Christmas."

I recently purchased three gifts at Kmart. Not big ones mind you, two were really just stocking stuffers. I hope that mitigates the offense I have caused! But just in case, I will be returning those gifts first thing tomorrow morning along with my sincere written apologies to the manager of the store and its employees.

Please be assured that I will bring no more of my offensive "holiday" purchasing power to any of your stores.

I look forward to your acceptance of my apology.

Merry Christmas! (oops!)

Kevin

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