I must have signed up to some loyalty program at Strandbags when I bought a briefcase some time. Tonight I received this:
We have received a number of complaints in relation to our ‘Happy Holidays’ promotion.
It was never our intention to offend or in any way reduce the importance of Christmas, and if it has done so, we sincerely apologise.
To this end, we have instructed our stores to remove the ‘Happy Holidays’ promotion immediately.
As always, your valued input and feedback is welcomed and appreciated.
Chief Executive Officer
You have got to be kidding. Somebody actually complained that saying “Happy Holidays” didn’t pander sufficiently to their religion? And instead of responding with something pointing out how silly that is, and how even Christians can have happy holidays, they actually caved?
Well now you’ve pissed off people who aren’t insane fundamentalists. And there are a lot more of us. And our objection – that you think we’re some kind of theocracy where you must pander to the religious in order to do business – makes a hell of a lot more sense than theirs.
Strandbags’ contact details, if you’d like to let them know what you think of their cowardice.
PS Talking of cowardice, despite ending the email with “your valued input and feedback is welcomed and appreciated”, Rory’s email comes from the presumably not-checked “firstname.lastname@example.org” and there’s no return email address given. Funny, that.