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Boycott F.O.B. Facebook Page Disappears - Your Thoughts?

A Facebook page alleging discrimination and calling for a boycott of a Town and Country business is gone. It sparked outrage and then support for both sides. Take this Patch poll and tell us what you think.

What started with an email from a Town and Country mother who felt her son was being discriminated against, turned into a firestorm of outrage against one Town and Country business owner.

(Previous Story: Facebook Post Prompts Boycott of Town and Country Business)

A Facebook page alleging discrimiation at F.O.B. St. Louis in Town and Country's Lamp and Lantern Village tugged at the emotions of many, prompting comments on Facebook and even here on the Town and Country-Manchester Patch site. 

The store's owner said the entire incident had nothing to do with discrimination, but was always a safety issue. Despite her side of the story, she received harassing phone calls and visits to her store.

(Previous Story: Facebook Sparks Harassment of F.O.B. Store Owner)

However, late Wednesday night, that page is nowhere to be found. No word on who removed the page from Facebook, or who created it in the first place.

Patch wants to know what you think? Did this entire situation go too far? Are you surprised by the power of a Facebook page? Are you happy to hear the Facebook page has been removed? Take the Patch poll below and tell us what you think by posting a comment.

Maureen Adams February 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I've been following this story as my daughter is a classmate of Carter. He and his mother were asked to leave FOB Designs and the owner said Carter would be better served elsewhere (who says this to anyone, much less a four year old with a disability). Prior to the interenet, people would tell their friends and co-workers who would share their disappointment regarding the incident with others. The process would take a lot longer and not as many people would hear what happened (unless it got picked up by the media). With the internet and facebook, people have larger circles of friends and the messages travel faster. I've seen support for Carter, some bickering, some name calling, etc. online regarding this incident but I haven't seen an angry mob. In this internet age - perhaps a store owner will think twice the next time prior to handling a situation so poorly. An sincere apology from the owner would still go so much farther than a threat of a law suit (for slander???). I feel strongly that no one should threaten the store or it's owner. But I don't see anything wrong with friends telling friends to not support a store where they don't agree with the store's actions.
Travist February 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I also think it is disingenuous for someone to hide behind a social media in secret to post something they do not have th guts to say to someone's face.
Travist February 16, 2012 at 05:16 PM
There are a lot of things we do not know about this incident. Did the mother and shop owner meet to try to settle the problem? If so, was the mother satisfied with explanation? If not, did the mother let the heat of the moment cloud her common sense, if she had any, before sending the email. I hope that she did have common sense to realize in todays world what putting an email out could lead too and if not maybe as some have expressed she did it on purpose. If so, shame on her.
Denise Bertacchi February 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
You don't get it, do you? A FOUR year old in a walker is not the same as a grown up in a walker. Can you seriously compare an able bodied pre-schooler to an able bodied grown up? Kids are kids--they touch, poke and prod things. They pick up stuff to show it to mom, they jump around. I saw this kid on TV, and despite his limitations, he was hopping up and down, using his walker like a pair of even bars. He's a lively looking kid, just as capable of clutzy mayhem as my own 4 year old boy.
Dayna February 16, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I used to live in St. Louis and shopped at that store many times with my child. I was also asked to hold her, for her safety, and completely understood the issue and complied. Parenthood is a responsibility... If it's not safe to have your child in a store like that, then don't go in. I would never take my youngest in there now - she'd take the place down! I understand that a disability is a very difficult issue and I'm very empathetic of that, but it doesn't mean entitlement. You still need to be responsible for your child's safety. Just like I did when I shopped there.

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