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Friday, 6 August 2010

Boycotting The Co-op

 If you shop at the Co-op in New Addington, Croydon, think very seriously about giving them your money again.

A soldier returning from Afghanistan had been back in the country for about an hour when he popped in to buy a few beers.  The cashier and manager refused to serve him because he was in uniform.
...when he arrived at the till to pay he was met with a blank stare from the cashier, who refused to serve him and called for her manager.

When the manager turned up he told him he 'couldn't do anything about it' and refused to serve him while he was in uniform.

'It was great to be home after a difficult journey and I just thought I'd grab a couple of beers - a luxury I hadn't had in a while.

'But when I came to pay the cashier refused to serve me and rang her bell. A male supervisor came along and the cashier explained she was refusing to serve me because I was in uniform.

'He looked at me and said "I can't do anything about it".

'I put the beer down and walked out.'

Anthony, who joined up when he was 17, said it was 'tough' in Afghanistan and that he had witnessed the death of one of his best pals, Sapper Daryn Roy, who died at the age of 28 in an IED explosion in May this year.

He added: 'It's really tough out there. Sometimes the only thing that keeps you going is the support and love from home.

'I appreciate the Co-op cashier may have had her own opinions about the war, but we are just doing a job and laying our lives down for this country.

'A little respect and appreciation would be nice.'

A Co-op spokesman said the incident had been a 'genuine mistake on the part of our two members of staff' and apologised for how Anthony was treated.
That's not good enough - not by a long way - and it isn't the first time it's happened.  A pernicious virus has infected the country and it will take more than a change of government, particularly this government, to change attitudes that have been inculcated.  In fact, I doubt we'll ever see the real, decent, neighbourly, commonsensical England again.  Those who have infiltrated the country's institutions and infrastructures and now run it from within are quietly contented with their dystopian handiwork.

UPDATE:  This is the automated response I had from the Co-op when I emailed them earlier at customer.relations@co-op.co.uk
The Co-operative Group responds to all enquiries as quickly as possible.

We appreciate that some enquiries may require urgent attention and if you need to discuss the matter with one of our Customer Relations Team at this time please call our Freephone Customer Careline on 0800 0686 727. When calling please ensure that you mention that you have previously sent an email so that this can be referred to at the time of your call.

Our opening times are as follows :-

Monday to Friday 9.00am to 8.00pm.
Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Kind regards,
Customer Relations.
So, it's nice to see they're on the ball.  I'll let you know if/when there's any response.

11 comments:

  1. Well GV, it seems to me a programme of boycotting every Co-op in the land until the most grovelling apology ever issued is made.

    And the same boycott should be made of any and every establishment that dishonours our armed forces in this fashion!

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  2. We should run a campaign. Get people to write to the CEO and tell him/her that we will not use their shops until the two gibbons are fired and they have sent the squaddie a case of beer.

    CR.

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  3. 'I doubt we'll ever see the real, decent, neighbourly, commonsensical England again'.

    Year Zero - 1948

    At war's end England had a highly cohered, technically advanced society. Our society - for it is ours - has been smashed to pieces by a few dozen politicians.

    Make no mistake, Parliament is the enemy of the English Nation.

    Steve

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  4. FEEL FREE TO GIVE THE MANAGER A RING 01689 842267 Co Op New Addington Croydon...March For England under cover squad...

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  5. An absolute bloody disgrace - but just take a look at the origins of the Co-Op movement - socialist to the sodding core.

    They're f*cking useless anyway, so boycott or not, they won't see this recession out, thank God.

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  6. Head office email is:
    customer.relations@co-op.co.uk
    and I think an email is the least we can do.

    A Co-op spokesman has said it isn't the store's policy, so it could be a personal preference on the part of the cashier and the manager at New Addington.

    This isn't an isolated incident and our AF should be able to go anywhere in their uniforms without being harangued by ill-educated thugs.

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  7. Captain HaddockAugust 06, 2010

    hedgehog said...

    "An absolute bloody disgrace - but just take a look at the origins of the Co-Op movement - socialist to the sodding core" ...

    Which is why I never have & never will spend a single penny of my money in any branch of the Commie Co-Op ...

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  8. As an ex soldier this has angered me beyond belief. I have a local Co-op which I have used at least four times per weeek. Not any more they can fuck right of. And I will be e-mailing them to say so. Soldiers endure enough shit without these fucking arseholes behaving like little Hitlers.

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  9. In my opinion these are non-stories to divert attention.

    I have and am serving (32 years) and for most of the time our orders were not to drink or buy alcohol in uniform (bringing the forces into disrepute was the charge). In fact for security reasons for most of my time we could not wear uniform off base.

    Also when I got back from deployment the beer was already cold and the missus was hot so I did not need to organise my own carryout for Johnnies party.

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  10. Email sent. Mind you, like anonymous says, I remember when soldiers were told not to buy alcohol when in uniform unless it was from a NAAFI. Of course things have changed these days but I would have thought this young chap would have preferred to get into civvies before going to a party.

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  11. The sales assistant in question is a young lady named Gina and a Muslim......March For England Undercover Squad....the nail is knocked into the coffin a little further each day, on a once proud country...

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