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Buy Advertisement with a Muslim Holiday Greeting -Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email with an image of a
Thanksgiving sale ad for the consumer electronics store Best Buy.
At the bottom of the ad is a greeting for the Muslim Eid al-Adha
holiday. Some versions of this email call for a boycott of Best
Buy because they are ignoring the mention of Christmas.
The Truth: The November 2009 sales ad was
real and did include a "Happy Eid al-Adha" greeting for the Muslim
festival of sacrifice.
It appears as if Best Buy is being
inclusive in December 2009 ads by wishing readers holiday greetings for
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza. Below are clips from a sales
ad we received on December 12, 2009:
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
TAKE A GOOD LOOK...THE MUSLIM GREETING IS
CIRCLED IN RED. WHERE IS "MERRY CHRISTMAS"?!!!
TO BEST BUY CORPORATE:
Our family in the past 15 or so years have spent THOUSANDS of our
hard earned DOLLARS at your stores in Memphis, Tennessee. camcorders
(2), computers both desktop (2) and laptops( 3) audio systems, surround
sound system (1) and HAD PLANNED to buy a laptop for my wife this
CHRISTMAS, but since you choose to eliminate MERRY CHRISTMAS from your
advertising, and showing wishes to the Muslim holiday instead, we will
NEVER darken your doors again. I am emailing this to people on my
contact list who are CHRISTIANS and asking them to do the same.
Have a Happy and Holy Merry Christmas!!
TAKE A GOOD LOOK...THE MUSLIM GREETING IS CIRCLED IN RED. WHERE IS
I'll skip Christmas shopping at Best Buy
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