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Best Buy Bans Use Of Merry Christmas In Stores

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posted on Nov, 26 2006 @ 09:38 PM
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I wish all of you a very early very Merry Christmas. And as a Christmas present I want the world to stop worrying about political correctness. Thank You.




posted on Nov, 26 2006 @ 09:38 PM
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I wish all of you a very early very Merry Christmas. And as a Christmas present I want the world to stop worrying about political correctness. Thank You.



posted on Nov, 26 2006 @ 09:46 PM
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I despise when people tell me to have a nice day when I'm fnished checking out. I hate my life and want to have the most horrible day possible. Seriously.


Ok not really. But that's how much this issue really matters to me personally. I can't see that what a cashier says to me as I'm trying to shove change into my pockets and grab my bags being a reason to not shop at a store. Regardless of my religious beliefs. The whole removal of Christmas sayings, songs, even the WORD Christmas from the holiday is pretty stupid in my opinion. I mean my grandparents were religious, my parents not so much, and me not at all in the traditional sense. But Christmas can mean so much more to people other than "the reason for the season". To me it's a time to be with my family, to show how we can be kind to others, and to fire up the fireplace like in a Norman Rockwell painting. Cheesy, but I look forward to it the most out of any time of the year. I mean I don't get offended when someone says Happy Kwanza or Hanukkah. If I went to a store and the cashier said Happy Kwanza to me I'd instinctively say "the same to you" before even thinking that it's not a holiday I celebrate!

If anything I am more likely to shop elsewhere ... not because they are banning a word I enjoy, but because they are supporting an insane level of what I consider "over-sensitivities" that are popping up in all forms of corporations and businesses. But that's a discussion for another thread ...



posted on Nov, 26 2006 @ 09:47 PM
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Originally posted by parrhesia
That's kind of ironic because I could say the same of people being offended, angered and made uncomfortable by the decision to say "Happy Holidays."

I don't see it that way. I don't mind if someone wishes me Hapy Holidays, but I do mind it when a store prohibits it's employees from wishing me a Merry Christmas.



posted on Nov, 26 2006 @ 09:54 PM
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Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
They may be catering to what the consmers want, but sales is the bottom line.
For many companies, Christmas either makes or breaks their year.

We have removed ourselves from the trap and do not buy each other gifts. I don't need a holiday to buy for those close to me.


EXACTLY. I agree with you on that. I too do not buy gifts for people or family or friends because it's "christmas".

Also, to me, this whole Best Buy Happy Holidays thing has nothing to do with the customer and politicalness. It's all about their incoming dollars. What will make people happier and spend more money. That is what ALL of these holidays are. The big corporations like Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart etc, etc don't care about the "religious" holidays. They care about their incoming dollar figure around all these holidays. These holidays like Christmas and Easter and Valentines Day are their money makers. Without them, would they really be making the money they do? I think NOT!!! That's why I celebrate NO holidays. I will not give into this corporate propaganda!

Now if you excuse me.. I have to go make sure I'll be working on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing day, New years eve and New Years day so I'll have nothing to do with these darn holidays (except make 2 1/2 times my regular pay!)


[edit on 26-11-2006 by DoNotBelieveThem]



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 05:27 AM
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Originally posted by DoNotBelieveThem
Also, to me, this whole Best Buy Happy Holidays thing has nothing to do with the customer and politicalness. It's all about their incoming dollars. What will make people happier and spend more money. That is what ALL of these holidays are. The big corporations like Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart etc, etc don't care about the "religious" holidays. They care about their incoming dollar figure around all these holidays. These holidays like Christmas and Easter and Valentines Day are their money makers. Without them, would they really be making the money they do? I think NOT!!! That's why I celebrate NO holidays. I will not give into this corporate propaganda!

You are correct, it all comes down to the bottom line. Or supposedly it does. If Best Buy were smart, they would learn from the costly lessons that Wal-Mart and Target have already learned.

That's why their decision is puzzling to me. It must be something else.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 09:23 AM
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Look, if you walk into a store that has something you want or need, then walk out because there's a sign that says 'Merry Christmas', you're an idiot moron and you're in dire need of a life.

Sheesh people, we're going to hell in a handbasket with some BS war and crooked politicians stealing our jack, who gives a rats arse about some freakin' sign?

I'm tired of these damned crybabies already. Get the hell out of this country if you can't learn to deal with harmless, longstanding traditions.

Peace



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 09:46 AM
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Originally posted by parrhesia

Originally posted by marg6043
I tell you this all BS. To many people getting offended, uncomfortable and angry about anything.


That's kind of ironic because I could say the same of people being offended, angered and made uncomfortable by the decision to say "Happy Holidays."

Ultimately, it doesn't matter, but in terms of being inclusive to their customer base, Best Buy decided it does matter. Their choice. Everyone is still quite free and welcome to celebrate as they wish, as well as greet others how they wish. Who cares what Best Buy says to you?

Not me.


yeah but it was christmas to start with not holidays



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 09:47 AM
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The worst part is the sheer hypocrisy.

Personally, I am all for Merry Christmas. I HATE "Happy Holidays" and all the other politically correct stuff.

But if they are going to be morons and go all "Happy Holidays", they could at least stay with it and not play religious Christmas music. I've been in a few of the stores that are hardcore "Happy Holidays", and they still have songs like Joy to The World, Silent Night, and various other Christ-themed songs playing. What kind of mixed message is that? If you aren't going to say Merry Christmas, should you be playing special Christmas music at all? Even if it's just Frosty The Snowman or Silver and Gold, should you be playing that for generic holidays?

If a store wants to go politically correct, they should not be displaying, selling, or playing anything over the sound system that is at all related to Christmas tradition. Then watch their sales flop.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 09:59 AM
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Personally, I'm offended that they don't play Ave Satani at Wal-Mart at the end of April. After all, it's like Christmas for me.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:00 AM
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Oh yeah those employees live to wish you all a happy anything, they work and go home to their lives, I'm sure they just get all depressed over whether anyone here or anywhere else have a Merry X-mas, that's right have a fit crucify me because I put X instead of Christ.

BTW I am an atheist and I celebrate the day like the majority of you do, I celebrate the commericialism of X-mas, only I am just honest enough to admit it. You went out and shopped, and made your credit card companies very happy and as an afterthought some of you said a two minute prayer at the meal, whoopee!

To tell you the truth I should just become a Christian, complain whenever anyone does not put the word Christ in everything and say a two minute prayer every once in a while. Maybe I should start a business and call it Christ Sales, I could sell everything and put Christ in front of it. You'd buy it.

Christ pantyhose, makes you feel all heavenly, Christ potatoe chips, goes down much better with a spicy Christ dip, Christ tvs, shows a clearer picture of Pat R. & Jerry F., Christ jewelry, oh yeah I could start my own line of crucifix maybe I could do an updated version showing how far as a society we have come in how we kill the condemed criminals in our society, (wasn't that what Jesus was?) I could do one of Christ in an electric chair.

Whenever anything goes horribly wrong as in a giant tragedy in a family I could tell everyone God will only give you what you have the strength to bear, oh yeah theres the ticket I could start a line of greeting cards like that.

And why does bad things happen to good people, well because no one prayed enough for it not to happen so I could start a business and hire some Christians just to pray for pay all day, customer coud pay 100.00 for 10 (10) minute prayers from authentic certified Christians to pray for them, it would be like an insurance policy. If it did not work the customer would learn to pay more for more prayer next time. It's a win win situation. Its sort of like the God business, he controls all but yet he had to allow them to crucify his son so that we could go to heaven, who made that rule, God?



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:20 AM
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Last year this was a big issue, it was a hoilday tree, it was season greetings, and so much other crap that I completely lost my Christmas Spirit.
This year I have my Spirit back (thanks to my 2 1/2 years old niece) and I'm not gonna let this stuff weigh me down....I simply will not shop at these stores.

Targets....kicked out the Salvation Army...no more Target for me

Walmart....has tried to make amends so maybe walmart this year


Best buy
Screw them


Merry Christmas to all of you


[edit on 11/27/2006 by jensouth31]



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:20 AM
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Saying "Christmas" sticks in the craw of the anti-christ.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:37 AM
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What's with us americans and being offended by everything under the sun these days? Always whining about someone hurting our feelings,or making us feel uncomfortable.Deal with it. Canada has many a joke made in its expense,but do you hear them crying everytime? No,they just give the finger back.
France also. No matter what you do or say you're going to offend someone somewhere.

Then the whole religion thing,jesus wasn't even born on dec, 25th. Let alone the month of december at all. No one knows the exact date. Numbers have no meaning in christianity,so it was easy for everyone to just pick a date to celebrate.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:39 AM
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they lost my business



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 10:46 AM
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Now this is where it gets rediculous.

In regards to Wal-Mart

The lack of benefits for employees doesn't phase
The incredible inequities between male and female employee salaries doesn't phase
The use of sweatshops doesn't phase
The stealing from Toys for Tots doesn't phase
The environmental destruction doesn't phase
The destruction of local business doesn't phase

But not saying "Merry Christmas", well that's just wrong.

Whatever, as long as people stop shopping there.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 11:00 AM
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Originally posted by jsobecky
Either way, my consumer electronics dollars will be spent elsewhere until they reverse their decision.


Good for you. I'm sure Best Buy will hardly notice.

Anyway i am so fed up on this BS "war on christmas" crap. The christian majority of this country seems so hell-bent on being persecuted EVERY year around this time, so IMO i think it's time we give them what they want.

NO ONE IS PREVENTING YOU FROM WORSHIPING AND CELEBRATING AS YOU SEE FIT.
WHY DO YOU ALL FEEL THE NEED TO CRAM *YOUR* RELIGION DOWN *MY* THROAT EVERY CHANCE YOU GET?!



Face it- you're the majority but hardly the only religious group in this country. If a retailer chooses to embrace ALL the holidays of this season, so be it. take your money elsewhere, and stop making such a huge deal out of it.

If the time comes where you're being arrested for going to church or buying an xmas tree, then please by all means make some noise about it. *SNIP

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posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 11:10 AM
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It's frankly obscene the way Santa Claus has overshadowed Jesus. Consumer electronics have everything to do with the former, nothing with the latter. In fact, you could say that the focus on shopping is the real war on Christmas.

And anyway, whose religious conviction is so weak it needs reinforcement from a store?

Tell you what. I won't go to your church to buy a big screen TV. Don't go to an electronics store to get a reflection of your religious belief.



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 11:35 AM
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Originally posted by Mr_Peel
Tell you what. I won't go to your church to buy a big screen TV. Don't go to an electronics store to get a reflection of your religious belief.



Couldn't have said it better myself.

What does Best Buy have to do with Jesus anyway?



posted on Nov, 27 2006 @ 11:38 AM
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Originally posted by jsobecky
Imo, it is a cowardly move. Either Best Buy is afraid of offending some small element of our society, or they want to be politically correct in all aspects. Either way, my consumer electronics dollars will be spent elsewhere until they reverse their decision.


Best Buy is first and foremost a business and will do whatever is in their best interest to get the most consumer dollars; they are not (or rather shouldn't be) a soapbox for the spread of a specific moral/ethical viewpoint. Cowardly!?! This claim makes no sense and for the most part I think this debate is blown far out of purportion by the media and religious zealots. I can't say I know of a single person that believes this to be a valid or worth-while arguement. So in short, who really cares? Would you honestly not eat at a specific fastfood joint because they did not share your stance on using a blinker instead of hand-signals when making a right turn. The outcome is still the same, although to waste the time on the argument is trite and meaningless.



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