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Toys 'R' Us: Boycott.

Discussion in 'Activism' started by thx997303, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    I was in toys r us yesterday, open carrying as usual.

    My wife spoke with an employee about a toy, and the employee spoke to her and left.

    After she left, my daughter was playing with the toy train display they have, and I was approached by the same employee.

    She informed me that they don't allow guns in the store, it is a new policy, and that there was a sign posted on the door.

    I responded "Ok, I better go stop my wife from spending money here then."

    I picked up my daughter, and approached my wife, and from about 15 ft away told her "Don't buy that, they are anti gun."

    Several people were standing at the checkout line and heard me say that. Not sure what they thought.

    My wife expressed concern, since we wanted to buy a toy for my daughter, so I assured her (loudly, but not overly so) "Don't worry, we'll buy the same toy from a place that respects our rights."

    We left. On the way out I verified that there is a no firearms sign on the door.

    As such, I will be writing a letter to toys 'r' us detailing my disappointment in their policy, and asking if it is a national policy or if this local store is acting on it's own. I will also be informing them that I will not be spending money in their stores unless and until they fix their policies.

    I ask others to join me until this is resolved.


    This is the text of an email I sent to Toys 'R' Us.

    To whom it may concern,

    Earlier today I was open carrying a firearm in accordance with Utah law in the Orem, Utah Toys 'R' Us store.

    I was going to buy a toy for my daughter, but before I was able to, I was informed by an employee that I could not have my firearm in the store. I was further informed there is a sign to that effect on the front door of the store.

    I replied that I would leave, and not spend any money there. I put the toy back and left.

    I went to a local Wal-Mart and bought the exact same toy there, despite the slightly higher price.

    I am a concealed carry permit holder, and carry a firearm for defense of myself and my family.

    I would like to inquire if this is a corporate policy, or if this might be an individual store doing it's own thing.

    Pending your response, I will not be spending any money in any Toys 'R' Us stores, or Babies 'R' Us stores.

    I will also being asking members of www.utahconcealedcarry.com and www.opencarry.org as well as everyone with whom I regularly associate with, to join me in such a boycott.

    I would appreciate a timely reply on this matter.


  2. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    I just got off the phone with Mike, a manager at the Orem TRU location.

    According to Mike, the no guns policy is a new policy that was enacted as little as 2 weeks ago. That is when they received their sign and instructions to post it.

    The new policy is from corporate.

    Mike expressed that he doesn't like the policy, and will e-mail the district manager on my behalf, and will notify me of the response.

    It appears we have support even within TRU itself.
  3. smhbbag1

    smhbbag1 New Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Keep us posted.
  4. hawkass13

    hawkass13 New Member

    Sep 2, 2009
    Western Kentucky
    Thanks for the heads up.
  5. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Senior Member

    Jun 4, 2008

    Called local and national and let them know.

    So fricking stupid, so I'll leave my gun in the car so a criminal can break into my car get the gun and go into the store.
  6. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    I got a response from TRU.

  7. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    Here is my response to Mr. Latner.

  8. cl4de6

    cl4de6 New Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    I wrote them and got the following reply:

    Thank you for contacting the “R” Us Team.

    At Toys “R” Us, Inc., the safety and security of our customers and our employees is, and always has been, our highest priority. As a retailer that welcomes millions of kids and families into our stores across the country each year, we take our responsibility to create only the safest shopping environment very seriously. While we respect citizens’ rights to carry firearms in public areas according to certain state laws, our company policy prohibits customers from doing so in any of our stores out of an abundance of caution for the safety and protection of the children and families shopping with us.​

    I won't be going there again. I don't live in a state that allows non-employment or non-politically connected carry, but I would hope you CCW guys would pull together for us sport shooters.

    Funny that they would do this right before an IPO. The company had two straight years of profitability. I think they are about to get a dose of reality.
  9. Aahzz

    Aahzz Member

    Mar 6, 2003
    Just sent them this:

    To Whom it may concern,

    I have just been made aware that it is now a coporate policy of your stores to prohibit legally armed citizens from entering. I must inform you that I will happily buy toys for my children elsewhere from here on, as I carry a firearm legally for the protection of my family. The protection of my children is of highest importace to me, so I will not enter a store that feels I am not qualified to handle my own safety as well as that of my family. Policies like yours serve to keep law abiding citizens who have been trained, fingerprinted, and thoroughly background checked from entering your store, while doing nothing to deter any criminal element. I regret that I must curtail my dealings with you, but unless this policy changes I will not do business with any of the entities listed on your corporate information page.

    My legal name

    Oh, and not in the email, but here's the page for all of the businesses they own:
  10. ndugu5

    ndugu5 New Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    I’m staying away from there now. I can see the reason they think it would be a "Responsible” CYA policy, but I just don’t like the ignorance. I’ll shop elsewhere considering the signs I see here say “It is illegal to enter this establishment with the UNLAWFULL possession of a firearm.” And their corporate policy just bans them all together. Also, I am not speaking for everyone, but the people that are licensed to carry that I know, shoot more and train more than the police I know.
    Food for thought:
    To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding.
  11. Crusader103

    Crusader103 Member

    Nov 22, 2009
    My email to corporate:

  12. Jorg Nysgerrig

    Jorg Nysgerrig Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Gentlemen, please remember the mission of the activism forum. I've removed several posts that wanted to debate whether one should work for a company than doesn't allow open carry if one is going to boycott business who don't allow it. If you want to discuss things along those lines, the General Discussion forum would be a better place.
  13. TGT

    TGT New Member

    Mar 11, 2005
    The Great State of Texas
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2010
  14. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    I think maybe I should copy the receipt for all the toys I bought last night after being kicked out of TRU.

    Something in the manner of $200 worth of toys I had intended to spend at TRU.

    Another business got the money. Good for TRU.
  15. VinnAY

    VinnAY New Member

    Aug 12, 2010
    Making a scene isn't helpful. For any of us. I thought first-rule when confronted by these folks is not to make a scene. But whatever.
    Second, private property, it's their choice. Your choice to not spend your money there and ask others no to as well...good on you for that.

    But making a scene. Tsk Tsk...you know better than that. That only makes you (us) look like volatile people...with guns.
  16. thx997303

    thx997303 New Member

    Jul 4, 2008
    Wasn't really a scene. And I was speaking in a calm and rational manner.

    Just a bit louder than normal. It really wasn't on purpose, I was a little taken aback by the whole thing.

    But you make a valid point.
  17. Gouranga

    Gouranga Active Member

    Jan 30, 2010
    Gaston County, NC
    Hey guys, can someone post up the contact info email/snail mail? I want to get in touch with them and direct a couple orgs I am a member of to do so as well.

    Being the father of 4 children, I am going to make sure they see no revenue from my family.

    answered by own question

    Customer Relations:

    1 (800) TOYSRUS
    1 (800) 869-7787

    Media Relations:

    1 (973) 617-5900
    Corporate Sales: 1 (800) 353-8811
  18. Russ Jackson

    Russ Jackson member

    Dec 17, 2009
    I picked up my daughter, and approached my wife, and from about 15 ft away told her "Don't buy that, they are anti gun."

    Several people were standing at the checkout line and heard me say that.

    (loudly, but not overly so)

    Maybe I was wrong in my assumption also because I read these comments as a scene at the front of the store. I guess I read to much into them. The vision I had in my head was one of people frantically gathering up kids, leaving store merchandise where you were at, and storming out the front door while a group of customers were standing in awe watching an upset customer with a gun feeling violated. Sorry about that....Russ
  19. Bullnettles

    Bullnettles Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Just sent an email with a request to search Suzanna Gratia and stating I won't be shopping there until they remove this policy. Didn't want to put a link and seem malicious.
    Are the people who say anti-carry policies ok, are they trolls?
  20. Kentucky_Rifleman

    Kentucky_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 2, 2010
    Lexington, KY
    Oh, and...

    Before we belittle the efforts of boycotters to sway business practices, please consider the sudden and complete reversal of Kroger's corporate policies regarding armed customers.

    They had begun posting anti-carry signage and enforcing the new corporate anti-carry policy when the issue came to this forum and others. Lots of folks emailed and called, myself included. Kroger beat a pretty hasty retreat from their stance, and those of us who carry can again do so in Kroger stores.

    Every victory matters, even the small ones.


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