This idea is spreading and I can’t really understand why. The Florence Mall did decide not to allow charities to ask for money there. This does include the Angel Tree efforts by the Salvation Army. The Angel Tree will be at a new place this year New Location because of the malls decision to eliminate any charitable group to set up on mall property. Hey, its their mall. Personally I would think that one, the Angel Tree efforts would attract customers to the mall and two, the mall could allow certain charitable events while saying no to others such as say, Underwood Dixie youth, just as an example. The mall management could pick and choose which charities could be there but they have chosen to not allow any. Which is a mistake in my opinion.
But, to say one is going to boycott the mall is in simple terms,…. STUPID!! While I do try to shop/advertise/preach mom and pop stores, the mall is still 1000 times better than going to wally world. Boycotting the mall doesn’t do a thing except to hurt the retailers that are there and paying rent to be there. Most of us know someone who works there or has worked there I would think. Boycotting the mall will not bring the Angel Tree back.
Continue to shop and eat there so others can continue to work there. Our area doesn’t need anymore businesses to close. Manufacturing or retail or otherwise.
One of the sad things about this whole situation is charities will suffer. The malls decision was based on a lot of things I’m sure, laziness being one of them. You want to do something? Call mall management and voice your opinion. Go ahead, pick up the phone and dial (256) 766-2176. Call them,… leave a message if they don’t answer. Ask them why the Kudzu Queens can’t wear their green wigs and ask for donations,… Go on and dial the number, you know you want to. But continue to support the people that work the retail jobs there. Retail isn’t fun a lot of times. I know!