Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality
So, I guess Dean’s group is still making the rounds. This via friends in Iowa on Facebook:
You Can Run is at it again, this time at Fareway in Ankeny. Iowans need to be alerted to the workings of this fraudulent extremist hate group. I’ve got a call in to Kyle Munson of the DSM Register. Trying to call WHO tv, but i’m in bumblefrick and can’t get a connection. Please call a tv station or two and tell them about these people!
So – that’s all I know for now. It appears there are two Fareways in Ankeny:
Okay, so it was confirmed it is the south Fareway. The woman who witnessed it went straight to the manager. I asked what his reply was and here’s her answer:
He looked very surprised. He said they came in today and he had not even talked to them. His ass’t had. His ass’t told him just what he believed them to be based off what they told him. I told him he did not have to take my word for it, just look it up and it could be verified. (Not that he seemed to doubt me, but I wanted him to know this was a legitimate concern.) I also pointed out that I knew Fareway was owned and operated under Christian values. That they may personally be against these subjects, but that I highly doubted all of their customer base would agree. I believe most businesses would not want to associate or support such a thing… regardless of their personal opinions.
and, she added;
He [the manager] said he would take care of it.
From the Newton Independent:
JULY 10, 2012
Editor’s Note: Hy-Vee released the following statement today regarding fund-raising by the group You Can Run But You Cannot Hide at the Newton store last weekend, a situation that caused concern for some customers.
To the Newton Community:
Some of our customers have expressed concern that an organization called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide was allowed to conduct fundraising at the Newton Hy-Vee. I want to apologize personally and on behalf of Hy-Vee for the presence of this group at our store.
The group presented itself to us as a suicide prevention organization, and group members said they wanted to raise money for the schools for suicide awareness. We now know they weren’t completely honest with us regarding the organization’s goals and activities – if they had been, we would not have permitted them to use our property for fundraising. My management team and I should have been more diligent in checking out the background of this group before granting permission to solicit at Hy-Vee. I apologize for this oversight, and assure you that we have put procedures in place to prevent such situations in the future.
Hy-Vee strives to create a welcoming environment in which all customers and employees feel respected and appreciated. The inflammatory and divisive agenda and comments made by You Can Run leaders do not reflect the opinions or values of Hy-Vee.
If any of our customers feel they were misled into contributing to this organization, I invite them to contact me personally. To assist in the cause of suicide awareness and prevention, the Newton Hy-Vee is donating $250 to Capstone Behavioral Healthcare of Newton, an organization that provides mental health counseling, treatment and prevention services in our community.
Once again, I am very sorry for any distress this situation has caused.