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ADL Accepts Hobby Lobby Apology

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League accepted an apology from the retailer Hobby Lobby for an employee’s alleged comment that the store “doesn’t cater to you people.”

Hobby Lobby was mired in controversy after a blogger reported that the chain neglected to stock Hanukkah items. After calling a New Jersey Hobby Lobby store and inquiring about the Hannukah items, the blogger was reportedly told: “We don’t cater to you people here.”

In a statement published Oct. 3 on the ADL’s website, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green apologized for the alleged remark and indicated that his company has “deep respect for the Jewish faith.” The statement made clear that the owners “do not tolerate discrimination at the company or our stores.”

The ADL also issued a statement saying that the organization “has no reason to believe that Hobby Lobby has refused to stock Hanukkah items because of hostility to Jews or anti-Semitism.”

“A store choosing not to carry Hanukkah items does not violate anyone’s rights,” the organization added.

Hobby Lobby Slammed for Absent Hanukkah Goods, Slur

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The chain Hobby Lobby, following a blog report that it did not stock Hanukkah merchandise, said it was evaluating its inventory, and also looking into an alleged anti-Jewish slur by one of its employees.

Ken Berwitz on his Hopelessly Partisan blog wrote over the weekend that a friend who asked about Hanukkah goods at the arts and crafts chain’s store in Marlboro, N.J., was told “We don’t cater to you people.”

Berwitz reported that he called the company’s home office in Oklahoma and was told that Hanukkah is not on the chain’s list of holidays and that it would not be stocking Hanukkah merchandise “(b)ecause Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian and those are his values.”

David Green, an evangelical pastor, according to Berwitz, owns the chain.

In a statement issued Monday on Entrepreneur.com, the chain said it “is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Due to multiple customer requests, we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future.

“Alleged comments made by employees are being investigated and will be addressed accordingly. These comments are in no way indicative of Hobby Lobby culture, the owners and the operators.”

The company is not required by law to sell Hanukkah or any other Jewish-related merchandise.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/hobby-lobby-slammed-for-absent-hanukkah-goods-slur/2013/10/03/

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