Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am a regular Vic customer at your Kill Devil Hills, NC store (Harris Teeter).
I am writing to you to plead for the lives of countless sea animals who cannot speak for themselves. Many people on boats and beaches have observed to their horror, dead and dying turtles, dolphins and other sea life that have ingested balloons that have fallen into the ocean after drifting away from children, many of whom got them at your stores. Some of the balloons were purchased and others given away. The balloons, especially the foil ones, resemble jellyfish, a favored food of many ocean species..
I have personally asked several of your local managers to remove the balloons from your stores only to be told that "corporate insists upon keeping them".
I would strongly urge you to reconsider that policy and practice.
I have also brought this matter to attention of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, who, I understand, are considering some action in this regard. Why wait to be formally requested or compelled to do the right thing?
Please remove all balloons from your local stores without delay. This action on your part should not be limited to the Outer Banks but should include, at a minimum, all coastal communities.
I will be sending a copy of this letter to all local and regional media - print and broadcast - and distributing it on the internet. Information about your response and corrective actions, if any, will be similarly disseminated to the widest possible audience.
If you should choose not to remove the balloons forthwith, I intend to organize a campaign to picket your stores until the balloons are removed. It seems to me that it would also be appropriate for your company to contribute to organizations that protect sea life in order to remediate some of the damage which your callous actions have caused.
Your immediate action in response to this letter would be greatly appreciated.
Very truly yours,
George Jay Mendelson
Colington Island, NC