The father of a student killed at Parkland visited the CEO of Publix Super Markets to convince him to visit the school and donate to its victims fund. After the students staged their coercion method to stop Publix from donating any more to a political candidate that supports the NRA, this parent figured they would get on board and coerce money from them.
A father of a victim of the Stoneman Douglas high massacre says the controversy over Publix and its political contributions isn’t over.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was shot and killed in the Feb. 14 tragedy, said he asked Todd Jones, president and CEO of Publix Super Markets Inc., to visit Parkland to talk with the students, and for Publix to donate to its victims’ fund.
Last week, students demanded a boycott of Publix and then staged a “die-in” in response to the supermarket’s political contributions to gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a self-proclaimed “proud #NRASellout.” The supermarket chain became a target after a media report that Putnam had received $670,000 over the past three years from the company.
Minutes before students and sympathizers protested inside stores Friday, Publix announced it was suspending future political contributions.
But Guttenberg on Tuesday said he was angered by Jones’ recent response. He said Jones wouldn’t agree to a Parkland visit or donation to the victims’ fund. “That is the right of Publix to make a decision like that, but I also have the right to call it out,” he tweeted.
He said Jones “had the gall to say to me that because the die in made this so political that he would not be able to come down here to meet with the Parkland kids and families, as a reminder we are customers, and that Publix would not be making any donation to the victims fund.”
There is it right there. He couldn’t strong arm money out of him so now the father is pissed off.
Guttenberg told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the students’ actions could have been avoided if the company would speak to the people impacted.
“We love Publix… [But] Publix has done something really offensive to us,” he said.
It’s terrible what happened to his daughter but they’re going after the wrong people. It wasn’t the NRA that blew off numerous warnings this kid was dangerous, had guns, and stated he wanted to shoot up a school. It’s sad him and others have become a tool of the Progressives.