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Danger: Sprouts Farmers Markets Are Now Gun Free Kill Zones - Shop Elsewhere

The corporate board of directors of Sprouts Farmers Market has apparently decided to put all their customers at risk by designating all their stores as gunfree zones, adding them to the list of targets for madmen intent on taking their rage out on defensless mothers and children (and a few men).

One would have to be blind to not see that there is a multi-faceted attack on our right to keep and bear arms. While politicians work to regulate, ban, then confiscate our arms, there are other ploys being out into action by local governments to decrease the places where armed citizenry can frequent while carrying arms.

This is done by "encouraging" businesses, especially large corporations and major chain business corporations to provide a "safe" environment for their shoppers. If successful, we will all be in situations like Susan Gratia Hupp was (see video below) without the need for state laws.

http://youtu.be/n9xUCI3nJsQ

Why should we wait for the corporate strangle hold to get stronger?

Let's mount a massive campaign to let every Sprouts store in the country know that we in the patriot community who may well be the anchor for the market of healthy farm foods will not put up with this flagrant denial of our rights given the history of mass shootings in "gun free zones".

Please go to the following website:

http://sprouts.com/stores

and find the store(s) near you and go in person and protest this decision. Find an alternative source for farm foods and commit to not shopping at Sprouts until they reverse their decision and the signs come down!

They are headquartered in Scottdale, Arizona. Here is the number to the corporate office: 480-814-8016

You know what to do.

It would be good for some of you to organize people in your state to make a thorough boycott of this corporation. Make them feel a loss of FRN's they'll never forget.

It would be nice to make a list of things you normally buy and show it to the manager as you say, until the sign comes down and SProuts changes its policy, I/we will not be shopping here and here's how much business you will be losing.

Let's do this people!

For those interested, here's my story:

I have shopped at Sprouts for years, and I always carry (usually openly) my defense tools/arms. But a few weeks ago, I noticed a No Weapons Allowed sign on the front window of a different Sprouts store than where I normally shop.

I asked to speak to the manager and informed him that I would no longer shop at Sprouts if they discriminated against people like me who like to be responsible for our own safety rather than relying on police who always show up too late.

He said he believed it was the policy corporate-wide. I informed it the store I normally shop at did not have the sign. He gave me the Sprouts corporate office phone number, and said I would need to speak with them.

I called the next day and spoke to the receptionists. She was very sympathetic, and indicated that she was in agreement with all the points I had made supporting the right of people to carry arms in public places like stores, even though they are privately owned.

She said she would get back to me after getting the official scoop from her bosses. I never heard from her again.

Two weeks later, my wife wanted to go to the Sprouts store where we normally shop. I said no at first, then because I hadn't heard back, I thought, why not, after all it would provide another opportunity to spread the word and confirm whether it this store still had no gun ban sign.

Alas, when we walked up to it, there it was - a brand new sign. I was angry.
I put my gun in my car (after moving it so no one would notice I had a gun and now didn't and break into my car and steal my gun while we were in the store), and went in. After getting the supplies we needed and checking out, I said to the cashier, "We are very sad. This is our last time to shop here." She said, "Oh really, why? Are you all moving?" I said, "No. We just can't support a store that leaves us vulnerable to a cruel, senseless death." "What do you mean?" she asked. I explained to her that because guns are not allowed in Sprouts stores anymore, they have become a potential target for crazy, madmen who want to take their anger out on the world and we will not shop where we are not allowed to protect ourselves from such random violence. She said she understood and was not aware of that decision. I suggested that she look for a safer environment to work, where people like me were welcome and madmen wouldn't likely consider as a target for their rage.

I then went to the other store, where I normally do not shop and told the manager that they for sure had lost my business.

Now I write this, hoping the DP community will rise to the occasion and make this go viral.

Any other ideas that would lead to causing Sprouts more financial loss until they change their policy would be appreciated, or for that matter any ideas that would get them to change their mind without financial loss. That would be preferred as I would like an otherwise good store to be successful.

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I guess I'll have to start

I guess I'll have to start taking my Viking battle-axe with me to Sprout's from now on...

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i just got mine

Dear Kirk,

Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.
That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to address concerns of a majority of our customers and team members.
That's why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises. While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

Thanks for taking action!

Templates are how corporations communicate!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Phxarcher87's picture

yeah

i live in peoria the trader joes is only another 1.2 miles down from sprouts and my car gets 55mpg so its not a big deal to go the extra 7.2 miles a week to the store not to mention my friends wife works there and i can say hi. pretty crazy how they would do this considering arizona just passed a law that lets anyone conceal carry

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect" - Mark Twain

Good for you!

Unfortunately for us, Trader Joe's is about 7 miles further, one way. But, hey, no sacrifice is too great to stand for the right to protect life!

I am committed to this long-term.

Maybe we can start a Phoenix Sprouts Boycott Meetup?

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

send them the trader joes receipt

Make a big weekly or monthly stock up purchase at trader joes and send them scan of the receipt

Finally, a response from Sprouts.

As mentioned earlier, I sent a message to Sprouts using their website contact form.

Here's the response from Susan Cameron, their Customer Relations Manager:

Dear Paul,

Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.
That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to address concerns of a majority of our customers and team members. That's why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises.
While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.

Susan Cameron
Customer Relations Manager
11811 N Tatum Blvd Suite #2400
Phoenix,AZ 85028
Direct 480-385-2341

Here is my response to her:

Dear Susan,

Thank you for responding. I will respect the right of Sprouts to ban whatever they want from the property of their stores. I am a big supporter of property rights. However, I am a bigger supporter of the right to defend life, and too often people who do not respect laws, life or property rights enter gun free zones and kill lots of people. Since you all chose to make your stores gun free, you chose to be free of my patronization.

I will not permit my wife to shop in such dangerous zones; so you all have lost our business, and I feel so strongly about it that I will be doing my best to steer my friends and even strangers away from your danger zones, for their own safety.

I also believe in the right of people to believe that 2 + 2 = 5, but I believe they are wrong, and I will not do business with people who are that foolish.

Enjoy the facade of fake peace while you can. The world is full of crazies and I will mourn if Sprouts customers and workers ever suffer as a result of this decision. I think their loved ones will have a case if they ever suffer a wrongful death due to that foolish policy.

Again, I respect the right of private businesses to make their own rules on their property, but I do not respect the decision that was made.

I think there has been a great failure to adequately evaluate the statistics. It sounds like you listened to a few scaredy cats before the majority even knew what you were considering.

Your loss.

Paul

I hope more of you will send them emails and spread this all over the western states and wherever there are Sprouts stores.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Interesting article...

Colorado, as of January 1st, made recreational use of marijuana legal. A citizen wants to use a "private business", a dance club, to celebrate:

Matt Brown is the owner of “420 Tours” in Denver and had plans to host “Cannhibition,” the first “private” pot party of the new year at a dance club downtown.

Representatives in the City of Denver disagreed stating:

...The city says the dance club is considered a public place under Colorado law... and openly smoking marijuana at an event there would be a violation of state laws prohibiting public consumption.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/12/30/city-warns-against-pub...

Forget for the moment this is about state law making marijuana legal, or open carry being legal, consider the question,"Is the dance club a "private business" (such as the claim made by Sprouts) or a public place as claimed by the state?

I am a strong supporter of private property.

I support Sprouts right to ban guns in its stores, but I disagree with their policy and it is my goal to get them to change their mind and use their freedom to ALLOW guns on their private property.

When we open the door (wider) for the state to rule on what someone can do with their property, we open a can of worms.

I will be voting every week with my feet and dollars and urge as many other people as possible to do the same. Let them lose our business, and wonder why. Let them suffer a mass shooting with no one to stop the carnage because the only person there with a gun is a law breaker.

Monday, I will be taking my wife to Trader Joe's for some serious shopping. Sprouts will lose even more money.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Followed

One day, I was followed around in Sprouts by what seemed to be a group of people who were "keeping an eye on me" (needless to say, it thoroughly creeped me out once I realized what was happening.)

I described to my husband the 5 people that I could concretely remember and their unusual actions / terrible spying technique and he replied "UHH, THEY SOUND LIKE DEMOCRATS."

(Sorry to any Dems out there, but it was REALLY funny and spot-on.) I'm not sorry to you fools who actually tried to follow me around town. Tryin to dig up dirt I presume, next time wear fake mustaches. You'd be less obvious. Especially the gal on the motorized cart with a bum leg and adult braces who lingered on my aisle--putting nothing in her basket. Even asked her if she needed help--boy, those Salsa jars must have been interesting to read for the 5 minutes I purposefully took deciding between Quinoa and Rice pasta.

Therefore, I'm not surprised at all that Sprouts has officially joined the dark side because I'd been noticing that it's a haven for fanatic Dems to assemble.

For anyone who's still reading: if you ever suspect someone is following you around a grocery store, get a good look at what's in their basket. For example, one lady stayed in the vitamin section for 45 minutes while I shopped and when I went back over there, she only had fish oil in her basket. I quite obviously stared directly into her basket and she frantically grabbed something off the shelf. It was so so so bad--supremely comical. Funny thing is she grabbed "Sharkies" which are fruit snacks.... Because we all go to sprouts for fish oil and fruit snacks. Lame.

Have you ever seen a group of three adults go shopping together and joint-push a cart? Me either until that day. I particularly loved their conversation about how they support the government "banning gluten". I myself go easy on the gluten, but sadly farmers will have a hard time extracting a naturally occurring protein and only an additive in certain foods. Ugh. Get your facts straight before playing James Bond in the grocery store. :)

I have had similar

I have had similar experiences in stores. I don't think it ever happened in Sprout's, but in a few other stores. It seemed to start some time after 911. I chalk it up to this country going insane after that happened. And if you've ever talked to a manager at a Fry's grocery store, you'll know they don't tend to be rocket scientists. And considering that many of the other staff arguably do not have the mental capacity to do their jobs properly, it makes sense that these people could be easily terrified into thinking their store will be attacked by shoplifting tourists...oops, I mean terrorists at any moment. And the Tempe public schools got federal grants to put up "anti-terrorism" fences around the school yards to protect the kids. Seriously. Any idea how many times Tempe schools have been attacked by terrorists? I don't know for sure, but my guess would be ZERO. I pointed out that the kids would be even safer if they were forced to stay at the school 24/7 and if lookout towers with machine guns were erected in each school yard. Wait, that sounds more like prisons doesn't it? The fences do make the schools seem more prison-like.

I wouldn't take it too personally. The federal government is monitoring absolutely everything we do. A few fools with nothing better to do than follow you around a grocery store are the least of anyone's problems. Just be sure to f&ck with them whenever possible. ;-)

I think this is a great

I think this is a great opportunity to teach a mindless corporate board about the insanity of "gun free zones". They're the height of liberal cluelessnes. I often joke that liberals should make global warming illegal if they hate it so much. Thing is.. they're so brain dead thwy might just try.

Good point Robert,

I read some of the information on their board members. They certainly have been insulated in their "pursuit of happiness" from the reality of the price of liberty (eternal vigilence). We must wake them up.

This could be huge if we keep up the pressure and continue to spread this to everyone we can.

While the political scene is a little slower than during presidential primary season, this is certainly a worthy cause for us activists.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Here's what I put on my query form

On the Sprouts home page, you can select the About menu item, then, Contact Us, and fill in a form where you can make a comment or ask a question.

http://sprouts.com/contact

Here's what I sent them today:

"Short-sighted corporate decision.

Here's why many people will be taking their business elsewhere.

http://youtu.be/n9xUCI3nJsQ

We're voting with our feet and dollars. News is spreading fast.

Your workers are actually more at risk now than ever. Gun free zones are kill zones for crazies and government covert false flag attacks. I will not allow my wife to shop at such places."

Trader Joe's is a good substitute.

Whole Foods also bans guns, but I knew that years ago and consequently have not shopped there in years.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Went to another Sprouts today

Living in a large metropolitan area allows opportunity to shop at several branches of chain stores. Such is the case with Sprouts in our area. Today I went to a third Sprouts store, due to visiting my Dad. Since I was carrying, I stood in the doorway (letting cold air in!) and asked for the manager. She came and I let her know I could not shop there any more because of their new sign. She asked what sign, and I pointed out the gun ban sign. We had a good conversation. Bottom line she knows they lost my business and the business of a lot of other people.

I then drove across town and shopped at Trader Joe's, spent about $60.00 and took some mighty good stuff home, many ofd the same items I would have purchased at Sprouts - but no more!

It felt good!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

What I will do

I will let them know they will no longer have my business. Then will mail copies to their corporate office of receipts from where I do my shopping. Let them know how much they are losing!

Formerly rprevolutionist

Fabulous idea!

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Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Consumers Rule

I love it that consumers outnumber voters, and can have more clout. I sometimes think it is more effective to lobby one's suppliers than one's representatives.

Certainly, when it comes to my health and wellbeing, we can change things much faster as consumers working together, than as voters, for the simple reason that most suppliers don't have the option of extortion.

If only consumer groups would stop there, and not insist on changing laws to mandate what suppliers can offer consumers by force.

I love the internet, and regularly ask my favorite restaurants to offer no GMO or corn syrup options, etc. It would be so much better for a chain store to be silent on guns than to take sides.

My chiropractor once pointed out that he pays much less for malpractice insurance than MD's do. Think about that. I wonder whether a gun-ban raises or lowers one's liability insurance?

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

"lobby one's suppliers"

Excellent point!

A tactic worth pursuing.

Thanks, IMIssLiberty!

I do, too!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

A letter recieved by a person on Facebook

Good afternoon Paul, Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms. That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our customers and team members. That's why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises. While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.

Continue reading letter and response:

https://www.facebook.com/SproutsFarmersMarket/posts/10151946...

Thanks for the info, fonzdrew!

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Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

The light bulb went off...

Sprouts is not a "private retailer." Sprouts does operate in the private sector. Just a suggestion, if one confronts them directly they will probably ignore the email, letter, etc. What I would suggest doing is ask questions. People are more likely to answer questions.

The first question I'd ask is if Sprouts, Inc. has a valid license to operate a business in the state of _____?

If Sprouts has a valid license to operate in the state of _____, does Sprouts feel it is incumbent upon the business to operate within the laws of the state in which Sprouts is licensed to do business? If no, please provide an explanation.

As a business, licensed in the state of _____, does Sprouts feel it is incumbent upon the business to abide by federal law? If no, please provide an explanation.

If Sprouts, Inc. received overwhelmingly positive feedback concerning their policy to prohibit guns, was this in the form of a survey or public opinion poll? If so, will Sprouts provide the data, from any and all sources, upon request?

_____

By now, Sprouts knows where you're going with this, so don't be intimidated if the response is on "Sprouts Legal" letterhead.

As an aside, the 2nd amendment is an individual right. Nowhere in the 2nd amendment does it state "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed by the government."

I'd start here and await their response. If they don't respond within a certain time, keep at it, don't give up.

Contact them and let them know they've lost your business

Main Line: 480-814-8016
Toll Free: 1-888-5-SPROUT
(1-888-577-7688)

Their Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SproutsFarmersMarket?ref=ts

Better yet, don't do

Better yet, don't do anything. Don't shop there. When they have to close the shop it will send a message to other businesses.

Give them the A&E shock

I like your thinking.

Lets play spades, in the card game of spades, spades are trump

IMHO, the right of self defense trumps all other rights and laws or any regulations. Self defense is the #1 natural right of any life form. .

Triple

Amen!!!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Done with them!

I shopped there weekly. They just lost a steady customer. Looks like I go to "Trader Joe's" now :)

"You only live free if your willing to die free."

Nice

Whole Foods allows, from what I understand, people to carry weapons into their stores in states that allow open carry or concealed carry. I could be wrong, but that's what my brother told me, and he usually keeps up with things like that. Also, make sure to avoid Henry's too, they are owned by Sprouts. I'm not sure about mothers market.

"I could be wrong"

Yep, you're wrong. Whole Foods has gun ban signs in their Tempe, Arizona store. Arizona is an open carry state and no permit required for concealed carry. So I don't shop there either, haven't for years.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17