After a controversial post by blogger, Ken Berwitz, about an anti-Semitism comment made by a Hobby Lobby employee, thousands of customers spoke out about the incident.
Berwitz explains in his post that when a friend asked why a new store in Marlboro, NJ did not have any Chanukah decorations the employee responded, “We don’t cater to you people.”
The blogger then decided to follow-up at Hobby Lobby headquarters to ask why they do not carry Chanukah items. Berwitz was told that it was because the owner of the company, David Green, is a Christian and does not have Judaism values.
Hobby Lobby is open about its Christian roots. On the “Our Company” tab of its website they state their beliefs.
However, shortly after Berwitz published his blog, thousands of angry Twitter followers, including comedian and actor Seth Rogen — who is Jewish — expressed their opinions to the company.
Hobby Lobby released a statement on both Facebook and Twitter quickly after the public comments. The company also created a post on Facebook asking followers for feedback to help improve shoppers’ experiences in the future.
Hobby Lobby even made a conscious and sincere effort to repsond to Seth Rogen’s comments.
Two days following the hype on Twitter and Facebook from angry followers, Hobby Lobby released a second statement online. The statement announced that the company would begin to offer Chanukah items in select stores in New York and New Jersey. Hobby Lobby decided on the two states due to the large number of Jewish communities in both places.
A representative of the company also provided a statement to Entrepreneur.com regarding the employee who originally made the comment and the new Jewish holiday merchandise that will soon be available.
After reading this post have your views on the company changed? Do you think that Hobby Lobby handled the situation appropriately? How do you feel about the company only providing Jewish holiday merchandise in only New York and New Jersey?