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Autozone Gun Issue

Discussion in 'Activism' started by dbp, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

  2. SigMic

    SigMic Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the heads up. Just went to their website and left a comment for them informing them I'd be bringing my business to O-Reilly Auto parts in the future.
  3. BigHossCCF

    BigHossCCF Member

    Interesting...thanks for the heads up!

    MANY other places to choose from! :neener:
  4. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

  5. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    Obviously a managerial case of terminal cranial retitus morphed with seasonal Scrooge syndrome. :)
  6. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    A travesty, but not an uncommon one. :(
  7. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Here is the email I just sent:

    I will be taking my business elsewhere after learning that you fired Devin McLean from the York County, VA AutoZone for exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. He prevented a robbery and quite possibly prevented a double homicide. He should be presented with an award yet your response was to fire him. That is cowardly and anti-American. I will be going to O’Reilly in the future.

    Kind Regards,
  8. jon86

    jon86 Well-Known Member

    I used to work at an autozone and ever since, I've done my business with them. Guess I'll be shopping at Advance now.
  9. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Let their Board know that they're losing your business, even if you're not a shareholder!
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    It is important to keep the emails and letters brief and to the point while avoiding over the top rhetoric.

    Tell them exactly which competitor you'll be spending your money with.
    Explain that you'll continue to support that competitor until Mr. McLean is reinstated with back pay.
    Tell them that the manager has credited Mr. McLean with saving his life.
    Use Sheriff Diggs' quote to explain to them that AutoZone may be open to armed robbers, but it is closed as far as your concerned.

    Here's my message to them.

    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012
  11. dbp

    dbp Well-Known Member

    HSO has the response down perfectly. This was a decision based on corporate policy and sending threats and testy messages will not positively influence any corporation. They will at least sit up and take notice when revenue starts to go to competitors.

    This is all about perceived liability to AutoZone. I am sure that their corporate attorneys are advising them that they shouldn't listen to the objections. Their thinking is that they will give up some business to prevent a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Our real problem in this country is tort reform, but that's another topic for another day.
  12. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for posting this. I did like Autozone before hearing this.

    HSO Well written as always.
  13. Bovice

    Bovice Well-Known Member

    I haven't stepped into an autozone for 2 and a half years, because they were selling me shoddy power steering pumps. Then they wouldn't refund my money.

    They know that I'm pissed already!
  14. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    Without those "testy messages" they will have no idea what a drop in revenue is. A boycott cannot be successful without making it public and vocal.
  15. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    mgmorden is correct.

    You have to tell them why their revenues are going to fall off (might be the quarterly report before they see they've lost business) instead of hoping they'll understand why they had a lower quarter than expected.

    Tell them you're going to pay your money to their competitors; tell them why you're going to do it; how long you're going to do it; what they can do to regain your business; and, lastly, tell them again you're sending "their" money to their competitors until they comply with your request.

    Here's their Facebook page for you to post the same sentiment.
  16. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I don't have any use for FaceBook, but I will snail mail (or hand-deliver) a letter using HSO's guidelines to the manager of both of my local AutoZones...and will follow it up with a letter to Corporate.

    And I will share this with everyone I know (nearly every one of whom are gun owners). See if some of them will follow suit.
  17. zorro45

    zorro45 Well-Known Member

    maybe the Sheriff can use a new deputy
  18. Prophet

    Prophet Well-Known Member

    "I am a very satisfied and long-time customer of Autozone and up until this point drove the extra 15 minutes past the local NAPA to do business with them for the last three vehicles I have owned. I've always driven decades-old junk and always do my own repairs, so I'll let Autozone determine how much business they've gotten from me already and stand to lose in the future (I'm 20, so I've got most of my cars and repairs ahead of me). I hope Autozone soon realizes that they fired this Airman for doing exactly what he was obligated by oath and professionally trained to do; defend against enemies foreign and domestic. He further exercised commendable restraint in giving the criminal a chance to leave, as he was well within his legal rights to shoot him. Since Autozone has decided to make their establishments known targets for criminals who endeavor to have a gun-sterile environment in which the only weapon present will be theirs, I will be taking my business to the much closer and more convenient NAPA. Autozone can regain myself and many more of their turned-off customers by simply giving Mr. McLean his job back and paying his backpay or, in the event that he acquires another job from someone who recognizes his courage and selflessness, issue him a profuse apology and reimburse him for the work hours the firing cost him. I look forward to hearing from Autozone in regard to this matter. "

    -My message to them. Posted this up to my FB and will tell everyone I know, all of whom are 2A supporters... and car owners, coincidentally. :neener:

    It's a real shame, because I always got my parts from Autozone because the quality control on the parts usually seemed to be tighter and the employees at my Autozone were always super people to deal with; not that some of the folks at the NAPA aren't great people either (there's one guy who works at the one closest to me who is a know-it-all jerk, but the rest of the people who work there are great) but having the combo of quality parts and quality service is always nice.
  19. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Well-Known Member

    Now, does anyone know what would happen if a NAPA or Advance Auto Parts store employee did the same thing next month? (I hope they don't have to; I doubt many of us here can fabricate all our own auto parts.)
  20. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    ^ Think about it.
    It is an opportunity for one of them to get more business from a competitor.
    A local bank has a big no guns signs. A smaller bank has a CCW Welcome sign. Guess who got my business.

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