Monday, December 29, 2008

Attempted Gesture of Good Will

This is Barry Goldberg. He's an out of work mortgage lending executive. 

On December 22nd, Mr. Goldberg purchased $1,300 worth of $10 gift cards at Wal-Mart. His intention was to hand out the gift cards to people entering his local Wal-Mart store "to do something nice to make the holiday brighter."

Wal-Mart accused Mr. Goldberg of "soliciting" and asked him to leave the store for "interrupting the flow of foot traffic into the store."

Mr. Goldberg left the store with 44 of his remaining gift cards. He was later contacted by Target and told he could exchange his remaining gift cards for Target Gifts Cards, and was free to pass them out there. 

I purchased $50 worth of $10 gift cards at Albertson's Grocery Store and handed them out in the parking lot. Luckily, I was never harassed, scolded, or shown the door for my efforts.

Who knew that an attempted gesture of good will could be so controversial?

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