Like many Americans, Maria Goldstein is disgusted with Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of baby parts after they end a child’s life. And she wanted to do something about it. So, she took a flyer to Office Depot in Schaumburg, Illinois. She wanted to have 500 copies of a pro-life prayer. The flyer also included facts about Planned Parenthood.
Office Depot refused to print her flyers citing corporate policy. Maria contacted corporate headquarters to inquire why she was turned away. Diane Demma from the Office of the Chairman doubled down on the diss. And the company sent a letter defining the flyer as “hate material.”
The prayer included on the flyer was written by Father Frank Pavone. He has been vocal in fighting back against the outlandish refusal by Office Depot. He spoke with LifeNews and detailed the corporation’s hypocrisy.
“One of the prayers I wrote for this campaign was taken to an Office Depot in a Chicago suburb by Maria Goldstein, who wanted to make a few hundred copies for her parish,” explained Fr. Frank. “The store refused to print it and the Chicago Tribune reports that an Office Depot spokeswoman said this is because the prayer ‘advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.’ Actually, the opposite is true: the prayer advocates their conversion, enlightenment, and salvation.”
Office Depot got considerable backlash from this public relations nightmare. Shortly after sending a letter supporting the refusal to print a pro-life flyer, Office Depot finally relented and apologized.
There is a lot to be learned here. Office Depot certainly didn’t get the mainstream media attention that bakers refusing to make cakes for gay weddings received. And the market corrected itself rather than an activist judge. Facing an avalanche of angry customers, Office Depot changed course and apologized.
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