Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2007]
Below is an email exchange between a friend of mine's husband and a company that sells different types of mats. He is stationed in Iraq and was inquiring as to whether or not the company ships overseas. He wanted to get the troops better gear to sleep on. This is the companies response. I am floored. I am floored as a military wife and as an American. Please repost this so that this company will hear us loud and clear that we do not stand for this. Whatever your view is on this war — these troops are just following orders. Most are passionate about what they are doing. You can disagree with the war without disrespecting our troops.
From: SGT Jason Hess
Sent: Tue Jan 16 3:25
Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the
Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM
Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com
We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.
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
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:
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.
"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.
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.
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(Fox 6 Milwaukee)
Johnson, Annysa. "E-Mail to Soldier Spurs Outrage." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 22 January 2007. Shane, Leo. "E-Mail Sent to Soldier in Iraq Brings Backlash for Online Mats Company." Stars and Stripes. 25 January 2007. WTMJ-AM [Milwaukee]. "West Allis Company Says Employee Who Sent Inflamitory Email Will Be Dealt With." 22 January 2007.