Retailer Pulls Pressure Cookers in Wake of Bombings, then Puts Them Back After Public Outcry
A humorous meme was going around Facebook this week, with an angry Senator Feinstein saying “No one needs 7 quarts of pressure cooking capacity.”
Well, it seems that someone took that a little more seriously. Political correctness has run amok in one upscale retail chain.
From the “We Couldn’t Make This Up” files, Williams-Sonoma, with over 250 stores in the United States, has pulled pressure cookers from the shelves in response to the Boston Marathon bombing.
“It’s a temporary thing out of respect,” said Kent, who is the manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall, an upscale shopping center in Boston.
Update: via Infowars
Pat Connolly, a Williams-Sonoma spokesperson, provided “Right Views” a statement regarding the decision, including an apology to anyone who was offended:
“Pressure cookers are available at all our stores nationwide.
“In the days immediately following the tragic bombings in Boston a local decision was made to remove pressure cookers from the sales floor of the stores near where the bombing occurred. We apologize if we offended anyone by this action.”
Williams-Sonoma sells gourmet cookware and home furnishings. The company has said they will continue to offer pressure cookers on their website.
The bombs that shook finish line of the Boston Marathon were improvised explosive devices housed in pressure cookers. The force of the blast was so strong that the lid of one of the cookers was found on the 6th floor roof of a hotel, 35 yards away from the site of the explosion. Three people were killed, 14 people suffered amputations, and more than 260 people were treated for injuries sustained in the bombing.
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