The largest grocery store chain in Florida may have made a
slight blunder recently with their free calendars. For the fifth year straight, the Publix
Corporation released their free calendar.
However, it was quickly brought to the company’s attention that the
anniversary of Pearl Harbor was neglected in the holiday listings. In addition, December 7 was recognized in
their calendar as the beginning of the Islamic New Year.
Local AM radio host Joyce Kaufman, who openly criticized the
company for both “errors”, claiming that the omittance of Pearl Harbor day
would insult World War II veterans, highlighted this information. She is also quoted as saying that some
Muslims are enemies to the United States.
Publix pulled the new calendar and Kimberly Jaeger, the Publix
spokesperson in Miami, stated Pearl Harbor would be noted in next year’s
calendar due to “customer feedback”. Jaeger
also stated the Islamic New Year would be listed also.
The Publix calendar lists and always has listed holidays
from around the world such as the Puerto Rico Commonwealth Day. Jaeger states this was simply an error due to
the large number of holidays that Publix attempts to get into the calendar
every year. Kaufman made clear she
wished that Publix had reissued the calendar as opposed to simply removing the
current version from the shelves. We
were unable to reach Jaeger due to the approaching weekend and do not feel
Publix is attempting to avoid the issue.
Publix acted quickly on the wishes of its customers and not on the effect of the comments by