Leave Weg­mans out of it

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The Feb. 15 Econ­omy & Busi­ness ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Weg­mans chain is urged to pull the plug on Trump wines” de­scribed a threat by the Prince Wil­liam County chapter of the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Women to boy­cott the su­per­mar­ket chain un­less it pulls Trump Win­ery prod­ucts from its Vir­ginia stores.

Never mind that Weg­mans in­tro­duced Trump­brand wines when the win­ery was owned by an­other vint­ner as part of the chain’s on­go­ing ef­fort to pur­chase lo­cally. Never mind that Gi­ant, Har­ris Teeter, Safe­way, Kroger and Whole Foods carry Trump-brand wines. Never mind that Weg­mans con­sis­tently ranks at the very top in terms of em­ployee morale and cus­tomer ser­vice. Never mind that NOW could eas­ily have called for a boy­cott of Trump prod­ucts with­out im­pugn­ing this par­tic­u­lar su­per­mar­ket chain.

Frankly, it makes me won­der about NOW’s mo­ti­va­tion and reck­less dis­re­gard for the thou­sands of Weg­mans em­ploy­ees grate­ful for em­ploy­ment, in­clud­ing col­lege stu­dents, re­tirees, im­mi­grants and, yes, women re­turn­ing to the work­place.

Marv Fried­lan­der, Fair­fax

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