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Letter: She wants an apology

Green Fields Market treated me like a felon. I was evicted while INSIDE THE OFFICE politely explaining how their discount system could be improved to make it fair. I was referring to an article that ran in The Recorder Good Life seeking older member-owner volunteers.

The store’s representative said, “co-ops don’t need to be fair” and evicted me from the office and store.

That afternoon, I began calling all the board members. I wrote letters and sent a letter to each board member. I sent a copy of that letter in with a separate letter to the management team. No apology!

The New Beet Co-op newsletter claims the co-op “will be an outstanding example of the Cooperative Principles and Values” and that store “Customers will have a positive experience with each visit.” I was shocked!

Since being evicted, I have spoken to many managers and store owners. All agree; they NEVER evict people for speech, just shoplifting. I spoke up because I expected the co-op to admit its mistake and begin treating its member/customers fairly.

Why does the store operate on the principle that freedom of speech must be checked at the door? I was inside the office, not in the store area, so why was I evicted? What are the store’s motives, intentions and objectives for evicting member/customers? What purpose does eviction serve?

Because the co-op claims to be community oriented and democratic, I never expected to be treated like a felon. I never would have paid to join had I known that the co-op did not intend to treat people fairly. Evicting people for politely speaking about something that doesn’t affect security only brings lots of negative publicity. The store is under new management, so I am writing this letter.

I still believe in cooperative ideals and principles, but often wonder how many other people have been evicted from Green Fields Market without justification.

MURIEL E. RUSSELL

Colrain

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