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Letter: This veteran will do his grocery shopping elsewhere

By   /   June 26, 2013  /   5 Comments

To the editor:

Last week a Barrington Times article explained that the Shaw’s Supermarkets “in” Barrington, and on the periphery of town, this year had banned military veterans from selling Memorial Day Poppies in the stores’ lobbies for charitable fund raising.

One of the store managers interviewed “…asked that his name not be used…”

As for me, I’ll just switch to buying groceries at nearby Stop and Shop stores and the newspaper can use my name because I’d be embarrassed to hide behind anonymity.

Dr. Len Hardisty (United States Coast Guard veteran and former Shaw’s customer.)

Barrington

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5 Comments

  1. Joyce says:

    Not a veteran, but I support our veterans 100% and I also will never darken the door of Shaws Market again.

  2. kmom says:

    My first reaction was to NEVER shop at Shaw’s again.

    Then I called the Barrington Shaws store and spoke with Tracey, who identified herself as the Customer Service Manager.

    Tracey stated that “Nobody ever said that” and “We welcome all local…everyone…”

    I asked her to contact the East Bay Newspapers to refute the letter and she stated that it was not her job. “Things like this are handled by corporate, but I will pass the message along”

    I then called Josh at Barrington Times and left a message.

    Let’s get the full story before we back it (which I will do if it is true)!

    Hoping it was a miscommunication.

  3. DAVETAXPREP says:

    KMOM – YOU HAVE A POINT, WHERE IS THE WRITE STORY? SOMETHING I HAVE LEARNED DO NOT BELIVE EVERYTHING YOU READ IN THE EASTBAY PAPER, THEY PUBISH STORIES TO SELL THEIR PAPER AND THEY DO NOT RESPOND TO ARTICLES AFTER THEY ARE PUBLISHED. I BELIEVE THE STORY HERE WAS SHAWS COULD NOT LET THEM SET UP SHOP INSIDE THE FOIER FOR LIABILITY REASONS, AND OFFERED THEM TO SET UP OUTSIDE. BUT BECAUSE OF THE POOR WEATHER THAT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT FOR THE OLDER VETS. MY QUESTION WAS, DID THE STORE MANAGER OR THEIR CORRP OFFICE ADVISE THEM OF THIS PRIOR TO THE DATE, OR WAS THIS PUT ON THEM LAST MINUTE. IF SHAW DID NOT SHARE THIS TO THE VETS THEN SHAME ON THEM. I WOULD HOPE THAT SHAWS MAKES THIS RIGHT NEXT YEAR AND HAS A TENT SET UP OUTSIDE TO ACOMMIDATE THE VETS IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER. I WOULD ALSO HOPE THAT SHAWS MAKES THIS ISSUE KNOWN FOR FUTURE GROUPS LOOKING TO RECEIVE DONATIONS FOR WORTHY CAUSES.

  4. kmom says:

    I agree that the terms of where and when should be well in advance of the event, if at all possible.

    I did, however, receive a call-back from the Barrington Times’s Josh Bickford. Josh stated, as above, that the correct story is that Shaw’s would not let the Veterans sell their poppies INSIDE the foyer, but told them that they could set up under the overhang outside.

    It may be that this is a policy for liability. Given that Stop and Shop and other stores are more flexible, however, I still believe that Shaws could also be more respectful of the men and women who fought and served for our country. If it is true, that the employee would not give their name, that is unprofessional and disrespectful behavior.

    IMHO, there is no need to ban them from the foyer. I will stand by the original writer (veteran), and no longer shop at the Barrington Shaws.

    I thank Mr Bickford for his quick and thorough response.

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