Publix CEO Todd Jones on Tuesday told the father of a Parkland, Florida student killed in the February 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that the Florida-based supermarket chain would not be making a donation to the school’s student fund.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Parkland shooting survivor, who recently turned 18 and is now a legal adult, has become a boycott bully who has had some considerable success is getting some pusillanimous major corporations to bow to his increasingly unreasonable demands. This past weekend, however, the boycott bully fell victim to what usually brings down most self-proclaimed tyrants – overreach. He began by attempting to instill fear into grocery giant Publix, Florida’s largest private employer, with call of a boycott because Publix supports the candidacy of a pro-NRA politician. Well, Hogg started by calling for a simple boycott, but got a little carried away and wound up demanding Publix donate $1,000,000.00 to his private anti-gun fund. Thankfully, the good folks over at Publix had the common sense to turn down David Hogg’s demand to pay what amounts to nothing more than extortion. Good for you, Todd Jones, hopefully more corporations will follow your lead and stand up to the boycott bully.
Last week leftist revolutionary Parkland student gun control activist David Hogg demanded Publix give $1 million to the Stoneman Douglas Victim’s fund to atone for donating a reported $670,000 in recent years to Adam Putnam, a pro-NRA Florida Republican running for governor. Hogg led a die-in inside Publix stores last Friday to protest Publix’s support for Putnam, who is currently Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner.
Just before the start of the die-ins Friday afternoon Publix announce it was suspending political donations for a period of review. A Publix customer service representative told this writer Friday evening Publix had taken no decision at that point on Hogg’s million dollar demand. The die-ins reportedly only took place at two stores in Parkland and one in Orlando. Publix has hundreds of stores throughout Florida and has expanded into the Southeast.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the massacre, wrote on Twitter about the phone calls he had with Jones and how Jones told him Tuesday the die-in had politicized the situation such that he would not come to Parkland to meet with the victims and families, nor would Publix make a donation to the student fund.
I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) May 24, 2018
Hogg’s million dollar demand was made via Twitter, “I call on @Publix to donate double the money they gave to Putman to the Stoneman Douglas Victims fund, $1,000,000. And never support an A rated NRA politician again.”
On Tuesday Hogg posted a request for a face to face meeting with Jones, prompting Guttenberg to point him to his own conversations with Jones. Hogg was also still demanding money from Publix.