Hobby Lobby definitely read our story on their employee’s anti-Semitic comments and questionable character of the company, because yesterday evening we received an updated apology letter from Hobby Lobby president, Steven Green, that reads as following:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 3, 2013
Statement from Hobby Lobby president Steve Green
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hobby Lobby President Steve Green has issued the following statement on behalf of the company:
“We sincerely apologize for any employee comments that may have offended anyone, especially our Jewish customers and friends. Comments like these do not reflect the feelings of our family or Hobby Lobby.
Our family has a deep respect for the Jewish faith and those who hold its traditions dear. We’re proud contributors to Yad Vashem, as well as to other museums and synagogues in Israel and the United States.
We are investigating this matter and absolutely do not tolerate discrimination at our company or our stores. We do not have any policies that discriminate; in fact, we have policies that specifically prohibit discrimination.
We have previously carried merchandise in our stores related to Jewish holidays. We select the items we sell in our stores based on customer demand. We are working with our buyers to re-evaluate our holiday items and what we will carry in the future.”
So they HAVE previously sold Jewish merchandise, so it seems the demand Marlboro, NJ must have been low this year. As for the future, we can only hope that ALL holidays, peoples, and genders are respected at this craft store.
So there you have it! Que sera, Hobby Lobby.