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Conservative Kiosk Not Allowed at Mall
American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | Jim Paul

Posted on 07/23/2009 8:59:27 AM PDT by This Just In

July 23, 2009

Conservative kiosk not allowed at mall Jim Paul

One of major mall operators in America seems to be aligning itself with the Democrats. Apparently the Simon Property Group has again bowed to the transparent complaints of a single person to shut down a conservative memorabilia peddler due solely to the political slant of the items sold.

As reported by BETH SHAYNE / WCNC.com:

The owner of the mall group, Mel Simon, has been a generous contributor to Democratic causes and politicians, including Barack Obama. Spivack [owner of the kiosk in question] thinks the decision about his lease is political.

"If they have decided to make their malls conservative/libertarian free zones, where those opinions can't be expressed, I do think it's their right to do that, but it's our rights to publicize the fact that they are doing that," he said.

If the issue is about causing offense, he told us, the mall should police other stores. Spivack sent NewsChannel 36 pictures of several T-shirts and banners from novelty stores at the mall that were so crude we've chosen not to share them.

You remember the Simon Property Group, they are the ones who chose to cancel the Atlanta Tea Party at the last minute. Perhaps a review of our shopping habits is in order?


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: retail; tshirt
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1 posted on 07/23/2009 8:59:27 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Sorry fellow FreePers a Mall is PRIVATE PROPERTY and as such the Mall Owners can decide what(and Who) goes in his Mall. HOWEVER this doesn’t mean that you cannot protest on the PUBLIC sidewalk that goes AROUND the Mall.


2 posted on 07/23/2009 9:03:42 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: This Just In

Find a mall to boycott here:

http://www.simon.com/findamall/


3 posted on 07/23/2009 9:07:15 AM PDT by Tax Government (Sarah NOW.)
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To: US Navy Vet

It also means that the businesses who do business in the mall can be the targets of boycotts. It’s time that we apply some pressure of our own.


4 posted on 07/23/2009 9:08:08 AM PDT by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I agree they can do what they want, but so can I. Therefore I have sent the Simon Group an email indicating I will no longer patronize any shops which reside in malls they either own or manage.

Here is the web site. I invite you all to comment to management as you see fit.

http://www.simon.com/


5 posted on 07/23/2009 9:09:33 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: US Navy Vet

I would agree that the private owner has every right to call the shots, and we, as consumers, have every right to spend our hard earned cash somewhere else.


6 posted on 07/23/2009 9:09:50 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: This Just In

Email sent to their corporate offices:

We’d just like to give your firm the ‘heads up’ on a change in our family shopping habits. Unless you stop making politically motivated decisions that stifle freedom of speech, we will not even entertain going onto your property or spending any money with the merchants that you lease to.
We are specifically referencing your Atlanta decision to put a stop to a Tea Party this month AND your decision to cancel the lease of a SC kiosk selling conservative memorabilia.
You do have the right to make the decisions above, but we also have the right to shop elsewhere. Please write back if we are in error or you change your policy.
Thank you.


7 posted on 07/23/2009 9:10:21 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: This Just In

If there’s a Spencers in any of these malls, it proves the company doesn’t care whether or not there is offensive material in their malls.


8 posted on 07/23/2009 9:13:30 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Survival is a Mom's Job! Check out my blog: www.thesurvivalmom.com)
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To: US Navy Vet

Absolutely.

One question does come to mind, what exactly is a “Conservative Kiosk”?


9 posted on 07/23/2009 9:15:19 AM PDT by Lord_Baltar
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To: Lord_Baltar

A Kiosk that sells anything that tells the truth about RINOS, Obambi, and the ENTRE Dem party.


10 posted on 07/23/2009 9:16:33 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: George from New England

sent similar email....


11 posted on 07/23/2009 9:18:26 AM PDT by The Wizard (Democrat Party: a criminal enterprise)
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To: Tax Government

I contacted the co. and told them that I and my conservative friends would respect their wishes not to have conservative thought or displays in their malls, and refrain from shopping at any Simon mall, and that we would spread the word to every conservative group we could find.


12 posted on 07/23/2009 9:18:33 AM PDT by WVNan ( (Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.: Sun Tzu))
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To: Lord_Baltar

“Conservative Kiosk”? ........................... About a 10x10 foot floor space in the open.


13 posted on 07/23/2009 9:18:48 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Democrats have nothing to fear but Palin being herself.)
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To: This Just In

I haven’t been to a mall in years and have no need or intention to ever go again.


14 posted on 07/23/2009 9:20:18 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: 101voodoo

The Good News here is that most of the Simon Group malls in my 2 state area (IS,NE) are either “outlet” type or a Mall that is either dead or dying. Most will soon be eligible of inclusion on: deadmalls.com website.


15 posted on 07/23/2009 9:21:22 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Tax Government

Whew. Glad to see that the malls I like to patronize are not owned or managed by Simon.


16 posted on 07/23/2009 9:24:41 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: norraad

I agree. Malls are a scourge on America. Shop in town. No superstores either.


17 posted on 07/23/2009 9:29:28 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: drubyfive

The little hardware store in our little town has survive generations of “mall competition” by providing great service and dedicated hometown friendly advice.


18 posted on 07/23/2009 9:33:12 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: sionnsar

WA Ping.....heads up - this company owns....Tacoma Mall, Northgate Mall, Tulalip Mall, Snoqualmie/Fall City Mall and I think one other.....


19 posted on 07/23/2009 9:33:30 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Abort the Obama Presidency, now!!!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’m in Ocean Cty NJ and I have called and emailed the anchor stores in the mall here and informed the mall manager of why neither myself, my family and as many of my friends as i can convince will no longer shop at either their stores or any other stores managed/owned by the Simon Group.

The mall manager was a polite individual and after I was done he asked m,e if i thought it was fair to all the employees and business owners in the Ocean Cty mall to penalize them for the decision in which they had no part.

My response was that the mall manager who made the decision did so because he had the freedom to do it and I assume it was based on what he believed was good business sense. I also have the freedom to disagree with his actions and if by exercising my rights cost the tenants of his mall money, then maybe it is he that ought to consider the fairness of his actions in refusing to renew the lease of the tenant selling conservative t-shirts, slogans, etc.


20 posted on 07/23/2009 9:34:19 AM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: norraad

Bravo.


21 posted on 07/23/2009 9:42:55 AM PDT by drubyfive
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To: US Navy Vet

thats an awesome site though... so is caldor rainbow, the ames fanclub and labelscar


22 posted on 07/23/2009 9:44:19 AM PDT by wrhssaxensemble (Piyush "Bobby" Jindal in 2012 after Obama makes an even bigger mess of everything)
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To: norraad

We’ve got a few of those stores too in UT! They seem to find a niche with many people. We have a number of big chain stores around; however somehow these little stores survive! One branch of a chain of small stores did go under and is getting ready to close, sadly! It had been around for about 33 years. I don’t know what happened with that one. Two in the same chain are still open, and will stay open. Surprisingly, they are in large cities with bigger stores surrounding them!

We have a few conservative-oriented stores in the area. One of them I know is still opened (at least for the time being) is “Smith and Edwards”. It is also called: “Country Boy Store”! LOL It is a large farm supply, hardware, department, military surplus type store on the outskirts of Ogden! Probably some Ogden, or Weber County-area Freepers are familiar with it. Some out of the area are somewhat familiar, as well!

There’s a large counter in the store with patriotic pictures and books and pamphlets. And, oh yes, they do sell guns and ammo! Last time I was there, the whole counter was full of people looking at guns!

This store is locally owned and operated, and has been around for years and years! I think it was/still is a local family that started it, and runs it. If you are ever there for some reason, look it up! It might even be on the internet.


23 posted on 07/23/2009 10:42:13 AM PDT by dsutah
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24 posted on 07/23/2009 6:23:43 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Neda Agha-Soltan - murdered by illegitimate government)
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To: goodnesswins
WA Ping.....heads up - this company owns....Tacoma Mall, Northgate Mall, Tulalip Mall, Snoqualmie/Fall City Mall and I think one other.....

Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick is a Simon property

26 posted on 07/23/2009 7:45:09 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Robwin

Thank you! I will never shop at these malls again, and - more importantly - I will tell my wife this!


27 posted on 07/24/2009 12:35:24 AM PDT by Lexinom
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