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Act on this as you will.

[Update: Sergeant Hess has a request - be sure to click here after you read this post! -the Armorer]

I'm sure the retail outlet emailer felt s/he was scoring major points and making a HUGE statement. Or not, just being, an ass. As if the good Sergeant has the choice - and as if the little protestor *truly* wants we military types to pick and choose where we go and when. Sigh. They never think *that one* through.

From Polipundit.

Lefty Business Insults Troops

This is disgusting & pathetic. This business owner is a disgrace.
{This has been verified as TRUE}

Sgt. Hess, who is from the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq, emailed a company called discount-mats.com, an online retailer in West Allis, Wisconsin to inquire about ordering some mats but wanted to verify that they would ship to a APO.

From: SGT Jason Hess Sent: Tue Jan 16 3:25

Do you ship to APO address? I’m in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first.

Well, you wouldn’t believe the disgusting reply he received back from the company:

From: contact@discount-mats.com Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 9:44 PM Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com

SGT Hess,
We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.

Bargain Suppliers
Discount-Mats.com

Please read & take action. I am sick and tired of these anti military left wing nuts. Contact DISCOUNT MATS and let them know how wrong they are. Freedom of speech?

And who exactly protects that right?

414-736-8394
contact@discount-mats.com

Here is their mailing address:

Bargain Suppliers
3259 S.106th Street
West Allis, WI 53227

-- Michael "A.J. Sparxx" Illions

It's hard to boycott people you don't use, but you can certainly send them a nice, polite email telling them how thick-headed their employee is, and how shallow their thinking.

Do have fun. But be polite. Remember the Rulez. You're also far more likely to get read (unlike a blog, where you're more likely to get read if your rude... go figure) if you're polite and reasonable.

[Update: Note the Snopes reference in the comments. Read more here. I reiterate: Be Polite. -the Armorer]

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Heh. I tried to check out their site and it says they're "Having technical difficulties." I'm thinking there are WHOLE LOT of people out there who are also looking at their website... and not because they'd like to purchase.
 
LOL, I saaw that too. I checked the story at Snopes and they have raised the possibility that it's from a rogue employee. http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/apo.asp Not that it absolves the company from responsibility, but it needs to be considered. Also Snopes mentioned that Sgt. Hess has been flooded with offers of mats.
 
I'll let Snopes do the snooping. This has all the earmarks of a "This is horrifying! Target won't...etc." or "I'm fed up! Walmart doesn't...etc."
 
I agree. And if it's a rogue employee - fire 'em!
 
Polipundit's source, a blog called "Euphoric Reality," is now saying that the domain owner for www.discount-mats.com is an Arabic-sounding name: "Faisal Khetani." I ran my own check with whois.net, and verified that that name does indeed come up in response to a whois query for that domain. PLEASE NOTE: It's entirely possible to game whois.net, so there is no guarantee that this information is accurate.
   
I was polite! Ummmm -- feeling okay? No fever? Headache? Want me to send EMS over? *if she jumps on that line, she's fine...as ever...*
 
Want me to send EMS over? Not up to conducting your own exams, Chief?
 
get this, the mat company is owned by a MUSLIM the Web-based company is registered to Faisal Khetani, an American Muslim of Pakistani descent" Go figure they are here in this great country making tons of US dollars and they have the gall to piss on our service men. They should throw this bastard out of this country and let him go sell his mats back in pakistan. God Bless the USA and the men and women that protect it..... and the men and women of the NYPD RANT web site are also on a e-mail campaign against this company
 
I tried to call them to order some mats for you guys, and their voice mailbox is full...go figure
 
discount mats---- there is no other way to say this! You make me sick. If I was located in your area I would do anything in my power to destroy your business. As a dealer myself I would undercut your prices at any cost and be happy to lose money doing it! Hopefully, some of your competitors will do just this. Your lack of respect for the men and women who protect this great country is disgusting. Good luck in the mat business. You will need it
 
My company Image Matters proudly sells to military and ships to APO no problemo. If someone would send me Sgt Hess's email address, I'd be happy to donate some primo mats and ship 'em. let me know. Mark 800-341-6287
 
I was nice? Hope they are comfortable on their mats, they can keep them. Felt like being less nice. U.S. Army Vet. RVN, second place.
 
I am a Vietnam vet and I remember the bad old days when my 19-year-old wife was asked to leave her church and the tires on her VW were slashed because her husband was serving in Vietnam. I had hoped it would not get that bad again. Unfortunately, it is getting that bad, fortunately this time we have the technology and the people to support the troops and let companies like Bargain Suppliers/Discount Mats know how we feel. I will send them a letter. I will also send one to my Teamster Brothers and Sisters in West Allis Illinois, to deliver my message personally.