Kroger is to the Midwest what Publix is to Florida.
I was heartened to see the story about Kroger’s decision to ban magazines that feature assault weapons. (For story, click here.)
Publix isn’t there yet.
In Issue 178, I wrote about Publix selling magazines devoted to the AR-15 (the weapon used in the Parkland shooting) and the AK-47 (a weapon popular with terrorists).
I asked Publix about this, and the grocery chain issued the following statement:
“It is our mission to do our very best to satisfy all Publix customers, but unfortunately in today’s complex world this is not always an easy task. Occasionally, we receive customer concerns regarding certain materials that contain objectionable print or photographs. As a result, our stores have “blinders” available which can be used to conceal the objectionable cover.”
In a follow-up email, I asked:
“So, just to make sure we’re on the same page, you’ll continue to sell magazines devoted to the AR-15 and SK-47? And it’s up to customers to request the ‘blinder’?”
Publix did not respond to my follow-up questions.
So, I sent this email:
“Seeking confirmation that you’re still going to continue to sell magazines devoted to the AR-15 and the AK-47 … and it’ll be up to the customer to request the ‘blinder.’ ”
Again, no response.
As of yesterday (March 19), Publix was still selling magazines that feature assault weapons.