This Harris Teeter is also posted:
5365 Robinhood Village Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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"The Harris Teeter on Oberlin Road has reposted the "No Fire arms signs again.
I found the same signage at the Charlotte-Morrocroft Harris Teeter today. I called the local store and the manager stated it became effective policy for ALL North Carolina stores Wednesday.
I contacted the HQ customer service and spoke with a nice rep named Julius. He said they received a few complaints from customers in NC who saw guns while shopping and were upset. He said the company takes customer complaints very seriously so they implemented a blanket-ban for all of NC.
Interestingly, Julius stated he also had a concealed carry permit and understood my frustration. He stated that if enough customers complained about the policy, HT would be inclined to reconsider.
1-800-432-6111, option 3 for customer service HQ."
This is not about OC but about CC also. More and more corporations are folding to a minority of complaints and over reacting.
This Harris Teeter is also posted:
5365 Robinhood Village Dr
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
I just e-mailed HT and posted this on my Facebook page... no more shopping there for me. Good thing there isn't one close to where we're moving to in Lincolnton.
I just hate that a couple of people (minority) complain and a company gives in.
I know Julius Personally from working at HT years ago. Top notch guy. Can not find a bad thing to say about him
From my COLD DEAD HANDS!
From their website:
Any chance this was posted on a national site?We are experiencing a very high volume of emails. We will respond as soon as we possibly can.
Thank you for your patience.
Response from my e-mail to HT:
Thank you for your email. Customer feedback is crucial to our business and I have forwarded your comments to our Loss Prevention department for review. We hope that you will reconsider shopping with us and hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Harris Teeter Customer Relations
This is how my response read,
"Thank you for your email. Customer feedback is crucial to us, and I will certainly forward your comments to the appropriate management personnel.
Thanks for being our customer!
Harris Teeter Customer Relations"
To Whom it May Concern,
While I have been an on and off shopper for years, I recently moved into an apartment that is literally within walking distance to one of your locations in Wilmington, NC, and was planning on using this location pretty much exclusively for my groceries. However, it was brought to my attention that your stores have now been posted with signs banning the carrying of concealed firearms. This concerns me greatly.
The North Carolina government has issued me a concealed handgun permit, which means that I have taken the proper classes, been given a thorough FBI criminal background check, been given a thorough mental health background check, and demonstrated that I am proficient enough with a handgun as to not endanger those around me. I'm willing to bet that this is a far more in depth background check than your employees are required to go through. I believe that this proves that I am a responsible and law abiding citizen only interested in protecting myself and my loved ones, and not intent on causing any trouble.
The safety of myself and my loved ones is of the utmost importance to me, however, doing it legally is also something that is important to me. This being the case, I will not be visiting any of your locations until this decision has been reversed and the signs have been taken down. I can also assure you that my friends that share my same values with be doing the same.
Thank you for your time.
A friend that came over today to help us move said he went into the HT he uses and gave the manager his VIC card and told him why he wouldn't be coming back. Maybe they are getting the message...
email sent. Simple and to the point. "In response to the banning of concealed carry in your NC stores, my family will no longer shop at Harris Teeter."
[QUOTE=Lawmaker;416173]Loss Prevention? Huh.
Yep, loss prevention in most large chains is responsible not only for controlling theft but also with facilities security as well.
In most cases it isn't the company wanting to stop you from carrying, it's wanting to stop the lawsuit that will happen if someone comes in with a gun and shoots someone in their store and it's not posted or some similar event.
The best way to get a company to reverse from posting it's locations is to raise hell. Emails, letters, phone calls, etc to let them know that the "few customers this would effect" aren't exactly a few. A nice reminder that the nationwide concealed carry law came as close to passing as the stupid health-care bill did legally before it was shoved down everyones throat illegally might help them realize the scope of people with guns.
A nice statement like "Congratulations you just prevented xxx,xxx people from being a customer in your store" and a link back to the current number of concealed weapon holders in the state works well too.
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have notified Grass Roots North Carolina which lead the charge to revoke this policy several years ago and requested a state-wide alert to be issued.
The Harris Teeter in Hickory on 127 got a call from corp this afternoon and was instructed to remove ALL "No firearms" signs.
They are no longer posted.
GRNC will issue an alert this evening with an explanation of what occurred yesterday and today. I will post that alert as soon as I get it. This is an example of what like minded individuals can accomplish when the appropriate resources are applied and the consequences of trampling our Second Amendment explained.
Harris Teeter has reversed their policy. Signs in Cary have come down. The word has been sent out to stores state-wide to take the signs down.
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GRNC Update 05-10-10:
GRNC Gets Harris Teeter to Pull ‘No Guns’ Signs
Over the weekend, numerous reports came into GRNC that Harris Teeter supermarkets across the state were posting against firearms, including those carried by lawful concealed handgun permit-holders.
Happily, a single phone call by GRNC president Paul Valone to Harris Teeter Communications Director Jennifer Townsend seems to have resolved the problem, as Ms. Townsend assures us signs will be removed immediately.
GRNC ‘DON’T BUY LIST’
Recall that in 1995, after GRNC passed North Carolina’s concealed handgun law, then-Governor Hunt’s “Crime Commission” printed up 3,000 “no firearms” signs and began encouraging merchants to post.
Anticipating the problem, we created the “GRNC Don’t Buy List” through which gun rights supporters reported posted merchants, which were contacted and informed that their business would be transmitted to tens of thousands of gun owners via gun shows, gun shops, concealed handgun classes, and the Internet.
As a result, hundreds of stores removed signs -- including major chains such as Lowes Home Improvement Centers, Wilco Convenience stores and others -- breaking the trend toward posting. Given the success of the project, GRNC wrapped it up in the late 90s to focus on gun legislation.
THANK HARRIS TEETER
When the realities of the Don’t Buy project were explained to Harris Teeter executives on Monday morning, they wasted little time, calling back two hours later to inform GRNC that signs would be removed. As it turns out, the explanation for this situation was a misinterpretation of the law at the corporate level. We have heard from members that their local store managers have reported being contacted by the corporate office to remove the signs.
As a North Carolina company with 132 of its 189 supermarkets in this state, let’s all offer a big “thank you” for being a responsible corporate citizen and supporting the ability of its customers to protect themselves.
Please offer your thanks to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GRNC Symposium and Raffle
Don’t forget to come out to the GRNC Second Amendment Symposium Friday night for a great slate of pro-gun speakers, including Sen. Richard Burr and attorney Alan Gura:
If you can’t make it out, at least take advantage of the opportunity to win a fine rifle compliments of Remington Arms.