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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hasidim lace into Sears over lingerie ads

Members of a religious community in Williamsburg who want to stop what they see as racy flyers from landing on their doorsteps say their pleas to halt the distribution are falling on deaf ears.

Advertisements from Sears featuring women clad in lacy or revealing undergarments or negligees have been causing dismay and outrage among devout Hasidim.

"I would be disgraced to hold it in my hand," said Rabbi Sam Weiser, an activist in the tightly knit religious community. "I understand that they want our business, but they are hurting us," said the rabbi, who has repeatedly asked Sears to stop distributing the material.

"These photos are explicit and disgusting. We don't want our children looking at them. Why can't they respect our religion?" he said.

In September, the Hasidic community, which encompasses about 15 blocks in Williamsburg, started to get similar flyers from J.C. Penney. But after the rabbi sent letters expressing concerns, the company halted distribution last month, Weiser said.

Sears, however, said the matter was beyond its control and was the responsibility of Newsday, the Long Island newspaper which circulates the print ads with its newspaper.

"Sears respects the opinions of our customers," said Kimberly Freely, manager of corporate public relations for Sears, based in the Chicago area. "We are unable to selectively distribute within each Zip Code."

Weiser said he is puzzled by the company's explanation.

"We are not asking them to stop distribution in all of the zip code [11211], we just want it stopped in our community, which is not very big," he said.

Deidra Parrish Williams, a spokeswoman for Newsday, said the company wants to accommodate the community's wishes.

"We respect our readers' preferences and our policy has been and remains to process requests for delivery changes or stops as quickly as possible," she said.

But in the case of multiple-family homes, the ads are delivered at a common entry point, not at an individual door. So Hasidic families may find it hard to avoid the objectionable flyers when they share the building with non-Hasidic families.

That doesn't satisfy Weiser.

"J.C. Penney listened to us; I don't understand why Sears cannot," he said. "It makes no sense."

http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/497232p-419125c.html

Comments:
FIRST THE NUMBER TO CALL NEWSDAY IS 1-877-886-5992 OR 718 821-1196 SEARS CUSTEMER SERVICE 1-800-549 -4505 PRESS 1 THEN 5 .

I HAPPEN TO BE VERRY INVOLVED IN THIS WHOLE ISSUE .THE NEWSDAY COMPANY KNOWS VERY WELL HOW TO STOP DISTRIBUTING THE SEARS FLYERS IN THE CHAISIDIC WILLIAMSBURG, BECAUSE IN THE SAME PLASTIC BAG WAS ALLSO THE J.C PENNY ADS AND YHEY WER PULLED 4 WEEKS AGO , SO THEY KNOW WHAT TO DO TO STOP IT.
WHEN HOMEOWNERS CALL NEWSDAY, THEY ARE TOLD TO CALL THIS NUMBER 1877-866-5992 AND TO GIVE NAME AND ADDRESS AND THEY SAY THEY WILL STOP DELIVIRING THE SMUZIGE FLYERS .PLEASE ANY BODY WHO HAS CONNECTIONS TO SEARS TO LET US KNOW HERE, THIS DISTRIBUTION HAS TO STOP RIGHT NOW

 

Ever notice that Sears usually or perhaps always, holds its one day sales on Shabbos?

 

Ever hear of something called a garbage can ?

 

E.T. - Do you think that's by reason of anti-semitic, or because 99% of the country doesn't work on Saturday and can use that day to go shopping?

 

Sears hates jews and they put these advertisements in with the newspaper on purpose to ruin the minds of the heilege jews in williamsburg. It actually costs them MORE money to put these ads in with the paper but, as I quote the rasha in charge "no cost is too high to ruin the lives of the jewz, we will get them at all costs"

 

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