Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Am I being too sensitive or is this BEYOND offensive?

UPDATE [10:50AM, 12/20/2006]:
When I started this post, I was really upset at the insensitivity of whoever designed this item and at the company for selling it. I couldn't imagine what type of person would actually PURCHASE it!

Within an hour, there were several hits on this post from the company. In less than two hours, the item "is no longer available". I don't know when/who brought concerns like mine to their attention, but the most important thing is that they RESPONDED.

Please let Oriental Trading Company know that you appreciate their prompt response to our concerns...

To those of you from Oriental Trading Post, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for listening to us...
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Original post:

As the rest of America is either slapping "Support The Troops" magnets on their cars or sending care packages to Iraq...

...while over 200,000 families prepare for holidays without their loved ones (either their soldier is deployed over the holidays or is one of the 2,952 Americans who have been killed or one of the 22,300 injured men and women)...

...while our politicians bicker over strategies for the war in Iraq...

...The Oriental Trading Company provides a PINATA in the shape of an Army Humvee filled with soldiers... !!!! What were they thinking??

And who would BUY one of these?? What kind of sick and twisted person would feel pleasure while taking a stick and pounding at this pinata? Am I missing something here??

If this bothers you, as much as it bothers me... let them know.

H/T to Steve O., for the post at Bring It On...

3 comments:

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

I published this at 9:18AM ... and at 9:23AM, someone from Oriental Trading Company clicked on to the page:
Domain Name oriental-trading.com Commercial)
Time of Visit Dec 20 2006 9:23:22 am

WOW, that was fast. They must have a super-high powered search engine working or something!

Sara E Anderson said...

It's a good thing they're not in the effigy business. What idiots.

Diana Rowe Pauls said...

I agree... what an amazingly stupid idea...

However -- unlike SOME PEOPLE WE COULD MENTION -- they heard the concerns of the people, evaluated the situation, and made the correct change. Instead of "staying the course" and pretending there isn't anything wrong with what they were doing.

I'm human. I make mistakes. I hope I'm strong enough to admit it and try to undo the damage.

That's pretty much all that I ask from others...