Hobby Lobby: No, we don't carry Hanukkah items. Because we have VALUES! We're SO Sorry to ANYONE who MIGHT be offended!

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    Oct 04, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    Sorry, Jews. But hey, you could always just go find another craft store! You know, one with a "Selling Hanukkah alongside Christmas items won't send us to Hades" sign in the window? icon_confused.gif

    How soon 'til they just merge with Chick-fil-A and get it over with?

    http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/biz-beat/2013/oct/03/hobby-lobby-apologizes-jewish-customers/

    AJCHobby Lobby issued a Facebook apology this week after a New Jersey worker reportedly told a Jewish customer the arts and crafts retailer didn’t “cater to you people” when asked why Hanukkah merchandise could not be found on store shelves...

    Berwitz said he then called the store to ask about the absence of Hanukkah items even though Christmas products were stocked, and he was told “because Mr. Green is the owner of the company, he’s a Christian and those are his values," RNS reported.

    The caller was referring to billionaire Steve Green, who founded the Hobby Lobby chain in 1972 and has overseen its growth from a 300-square-foot store to chain of more than 560 locations that average 55,000 square feet and have more than 67,000 items on shelves.

    With a portrait of Green, the company’s website says the chain is “committed to honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles.”


    Just those in the back half, apparently. Let the conditional apologies commence!

    Hobby Lobby (via Facebook)“Hobby Lobby apologizes for any possible employee comments that may have offended anyone, especially our Jewish customers and friends. Comments like these do not reflect the feelings of the Green family or Hobby Lobby. We are investigating this matter and do not tolerate discrimination at our company or our stores.

    “Hobby Lobby is currently working with our buyers over our merchandise selection. Our customers have brought this to our attention, and we are currently evaluating our holiday items and what we will carry in the future.


    Might wanna speed that evaluation up. Hanukkah kicks off November 27 this year.
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    Oct 04, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    "fuck. what can we say so we can still take all of their money without having to pander to their blasphemic and amoral ways??"
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    Oct 04, 2013 2:34 AM GMT
    hobby lobby was obviously always very upfront about their christianity though. The ones near me are closed on Sundays "to allow for proper worship" or something.
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    Oct 04, 2013 4:28 AM GMT


    O.o
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    Oct 05, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    This is just another episode of "Hobby Lobby" being a purveyor of hatred. The first time, was their recalcitrance in providing health care insurance to their employees.

    They masquerade as "Christian", but should probably consider "What would Jesus Do?" a little bit more often.
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    Oct 05, 2013 2:08 PM GMT
    I also find appalling all the reader comments defending Green and Hobby Lobby. So much so that I wonder if they were planted.

    They're quick to blame a lowly store clerk for the controversy (whom they've speculated was either a "pimple-faced high schooler" or some Black partner in the Obama anti-US conspiracy), while ignoring that someone higher up in the chain confirmed the anti-Jewish policy.

    And they completely overlook the fact that Hobby Lobby deliberately doesn't sell Jewish holiday items. Why don't they? Other stores all do.

    So instead these bigots focus on the hapless messenger, who was only revealing the truth, and not on the anti-Jewish message from Hobby Lobby. Even the official company response inadvertently admits the knowing omission of Jewish items from their shelves.

    And obliquely makes it sound as if the problem is with their merchandise buyers. Which again is shifting the blame, since in a large national chain the buyers are concerned with choosing suppliers and good deals, often from local sources, and they do not make decisions concerning what product types to stock, though they may recommend. The kinds of merchandize sold is a matter of nationwide corporate policy, not made at the buyer level.

    And so therefore a conscious policy to exclude Jewish items, and the lame attempts to CYA after it blew-up as a national story, makes Hobby Lobby a place I will never shop.
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    Oct 05, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    lol, so this business is doing so astronomically well that they can kiss goodbye to business from anyone Jewish and anyone else who has Jewish people in their circle of friends or families.

    I wonder what they'll do if some of most of their suppliers drop them?