MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based Mills Fleet Farm has changed its mind about allowing Salvation Army bell ringers to stand outside their stores.

At first, the company said it would not to allow the ringers from the Red Kettle campaign, deciding instead to give direct donations to the Salvation Army.

Now, though, the company calls that decision “unfortunate” and has since decided to allow the bell ringers.

The co-president of Mills Fleet Farm told a reporter earlier this year the company was worried about setting a precedent, saying that it could open the floodgates for others wanting to raise money in front of the stores.

Comments (15)
  1. Colleen says:

    Another big company who practices discrimination, won’t be shopping at Fleet Farm this year.

    1. Jake says:

      That’s a ridiculous response. Discrimination? Where? Against whom? Look up the definition of “discrimination.” It doesn’t apply here. As a business owner, their reasoning was legitimate. Once you allow one group a privilege, then they ALL want the same “right.” That’s because of people like you and your overly political-correct mind who read into things that aren’t there.

      And, chances are, you never shopped at Mills Fleet Farm anyway. You probably step foot into one once a year. Stick to Target. MFF won’t miss you.

      1. Tom says:

        @ jake

        She must be catholic! Anytime you say no them they claim discrimination! They don’t like it to well when it is being done to them. How do I know I am Catholic and not afraid to call them out. When other stores started banning them they threw a fit!

    2. Mike says:

      What a profiling comment that was. You will be back like the rest of them.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Salvation Army is a religion that borders on a cult. They are “mainstream” because they have been around for a long time. Fleet Farm should have stood by their first decision and not allowed them to beg outside of their stores. Remember the floods Red River flood of late 1990’s? To get a sandwich from the Salvation Army you had to “accept Jesus” and listen to a sermon. I wonder if a gay person could have gotten a sandwich? The group has what I consider cult rules (who you can marry (even date), where you can live, what you can do on your personal time, etc.) They also discriminate based on sexual orientation.

    1. Mike says:

      That was then and this is now and does not happen anymore because they do not want to profile like you and your sister Coleen. Better eat that sandwich and ween off some of those past grudges.

    2. Mad Dog says:

      Good I used to not give to them but now I will. I think just because they stand up to gays doesn’t make the Salvation Army a cult. If you don’t like it don’t give.

  3. RickyO says:

    Not their only faux pas this year. Building a new store in Carver; received tax dollars to do it, and then they bring in minimum wage labor from other parts of the country. Guess they don’t believe they need to support the families that would have shopped with them. Really stupid business decision: Saving a few bucks on construction to leave a lasting negative memory in the minds of their core customers (blue collar construction) that will last for decades. Who hired that decision maker??? I use to shop them. Not anymore.

  4. Kevin says:

    It is discrimination! Its discrimination twoards bell ringers! Every American has the right to ring a bell where ever, and when ever they want to! The ACLU was getting ready to go after MMF! I love going there! Where else can you buy a horse whip and a bag og M&Ms…???

    1. Peace says:

      I think the part you don’t understand Kevin is that they are not just ringing bells, but asking for money as customers enter and leave the store. This can be annoying to some customers. MFF was making the decision based on the concern of how their customers would respond to this.

  5. j speedbag 64 says:

    plenty of wal marts,k marts,malls,plenty of places to ring the holiday cheer so lets not be offended folks we’ll be able to shove a buck or two in the ”red kettles”where ever we go……c’mon it’s christmas……..

  6. rml says:

    The Salvation Army helps a lot of families, with food pantries and their stores. I’m glad that they decided to allow the bell ringers, I can’t imagine why they would even consider not allowing them. But this really changes my mind about Fleet Farm now, shame on Fleet Farm for even considering to not allow this.

  7. Rubin says:

    you can ring my bell, you can ring my bell
    (ding, dong, ding, do-ong)

  8. Common Cents says:

    I love the “Mans Mall”. If you don’t want to donate, don’t. I have to watch those stupid commercials on tv that cost millions to produce to beg for more money for the needy, and I can walk past a bell ringer if I’m not in the mood to contribute. But I would have to say I’d rather donate to the needy than have it taken from my paycheck and distributed to the lazy through wellfare.

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