Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: A U.S. Army soldier received a rude response after inquiring with an on-line retailer about shipments to APO addresses.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2007]
Origins: APO (Army Post Office or Air [Force] Post Office) and FPO (Fleet Post Office) addresses are part of a military mail system used for exchanging mail with
The e-mail exchange reproduced above took place in January 2007 between a
Discount Mats has not responded to multiple inquiries, but
This is all fact and true what happened. I'm with the 1st BCT 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq just trying to find someone to send supplies that we needed.(He also said that he appreciates the support of the many people who have asked us for his
The news department at radio station WTMJ in Milwaukee also reported that a vice-president with Bargain Suppliers, the parent company of the Discount Mats web site, had confirmed that the
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also reported that:
Bargain Suppliers of West Allis said its discount-mats.com Web site had to be taken down to address the thousands of e-mails it's received since news of the exchange — in which an employee voiced opposition to the war in Iraq — began circulating on the Internet.Later news reports indicated that the employee in question had been discharged:
Vice president Sajid Nasir said the employee is being "held accountable." But he said the incendiary and threatening nature of some of the e-mails — and voicemails left at the West Allis home that co-owner Faisal Khetani shares with his parents — have shaken the family.
"It's really getting out of control," said Nasir, who described the messages as "angry and vulgar."
"Our main concern is for the safety of the family. That's more important than the business," he said.
Faisal Khetani, the owner of Discount-Mats.com, said he fired the employee who sent the message, but will not release any further details "for their own safety."About a week after the original incident, the Discount-Mats.com web site came back up with the following message displayed:
"The truth of the matter is that this e-mail is true, and this member has been held responsible and liable for their actions," he said.
Hess said that firing means little to him, and he still has not received an apology from the company.
Due to the recent actions of a member within our company, we have been experiencing many difficulties. We have been bombarded by emails and phone calls literally withinAdditional information:
Our technical difficulties were experienced due to severe e-mail and phone call overload.
As a company, we would like to say that it is against company policy to treat anyone disrespectfully, and we condemn any such behavior. The member who was responsible for stating their personal opinion in a disrespectful manner is no longer associated and no longer working with Discount-Mats.com
The members within our company strongly disagreed with the views and actions of this member, and once again, his personal opinion does not reflect the opinions of the company.
We, as a company, are sorry for the events that took place and we do not condone un-professional, rude behavior from any members within our company.
This material may not be reproduced without permission.
snopes and the snopes.com logo are registered service marks of snopes.com.