Target: Lowe’s Corporation
Goal: Apologize to Jeremy Smythe and Daniel Soto, a couple harassed for their sexuality by a Lowe’s employee
Recently, Daniel Soto and Jeremy Smythe, who are domestic partners, visited a Lowe’s store in California. They were verbally harassed and physically threatened by a cashier, whose slurs included reference to their sexual orientation. Although the couple has been granted restraining orders against the cashier, Lowe’s refuses to release the video of the incident or admit fault on behalf of the employee.
Smythe and Soto visited Lowe’s to return a defective product. The employee became hostile for no apparent reason, saying, ‘Just so you know, if you’d read the [expletive] directions, you would see that you have to charge it for 12 hours to make it work correctly.’ The employee continued to insult and threaten Smythe and Soto, and had to be physically restrained. Although Lowe’s security cameras captured this incident, Lowe’s refuses to release the video. Smythe and Soto are considering a civil case against the company for their employee’s treatment of them and possibly other homosexual customers.
By staying silent on this situation, Lowe’s is effectively siding with its employee in harassing its customers for sexual orientation. The company needs to fire this cashier immediately for harassing and threatening a customer, and apologize to the Smythe and Soto for the incident. Tell Lowe’s to apologize so that they and other customers with varying sexualities will feel comfortable visiting its stores.
Dear Lowe’s Corporation,
Recently, two customers were harassed at one of your stores. They are domestic partners, and they suspect the harassment was because the employee was homophobic. They are seeking justice and assurance that Lowe’s guarantees the safety of all customers despite their sexual orientation. However, your company is refusing to release the video of the incident or apologize to Daniel Soto and Jeremy Smythe, the harassed customers.
I ask you to apologize to these customers. They do not deserve to be harassed for their sexuality or any other reason. Because they were harassed by an employee representing your company, they deserve an apology from you. The apology will also show other customers with varying sexualities that they will be safe at your stores.
[Your Name Here]