This Bud Ain't For You
Date Added: Oct. 12, 2001
Most Americans' reaction to the terrible events of September 11 was one of outrage and anger, but some actually celebrated the attack. There have been several reported accounts of celebrations (most commonly involving Arab-Americans) - some have been substantiated, some are rumor and others total fiction. This chain fits in the fiction category.
Subject: How Budweiser handles those who laughed at those who died on 11 Sept 01
Thought you'd like to know what happened in a town north of Bakersfield California. After you finish reading this, please forward this story on to others so that our nation and around the world will know about those who laughed when they found out about the tragic events in New York, PA and the Pentagon.
September 11th, a Budweiser employee was making a delivery to a convenience store in a town called McFarland. He knew of the tragedy that had occurred in New York. He entered the business to find two Arabs whooping and hollering and really cheering it up. It was obvious they were elated with what had happened earlier. The Budweiser employee went to his truck, called his boss and told him of the very upsetting event. He didn't feel he could be in that store with those horrible people. His boss told him, "Do you think you could go in there long enough to pull every Budweiser product and item our beverage company sells there? We'll never deliver to them again." The employee walked in, proceeded to pull every single product his beverage company provided and left with an incredible grin on his face. He told them never to bother and call for a delivery again.
Budweiser happens to be the beer of choice for that community. Just letting you all know how Kern County handles this situation!! Pass this along. America needs to know that we're all working together.
Like the 7-11 boycott chain letter, this one alleges that employees of convenience stores (who, according to popular stereotypes, are almost always Arabs) were witnessed "dancing in the aisles" at the news of the destruction. Except, in this case, instead of being told we must stand together to punish the infidels, we're bolstered by the news that a patriotic American witnessed the despicable act and delivered swift retribution.
A spokesman for Advance Beverage of Bakersfield, the Bud distributor for the area, denied the allegation: "We've checked extensively on this story in a number of different locations, with wholesalers and retail accounts and there is no report of a customer reacting in such a manner. Therefore, no product has been pulled from any retail account." Folks who seek to verify the claims above by contacting Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of Budweiser, receive a similar response.
Later versions add to the story by claiming the Bud driver called his friend, a Pepsi driver, who repeated the act of punishment on the infidels.
My father in Nevada sent this to me. Fact is, I live not too far from McFarland here in Central California, and I heard about this at work the day after it happened. Seems a lot of people from work frequented the store in question. But it didn't end there. As Paul Harvey might say, here's the rest of the story...
Seems the Budweiser driver had friends...in particular, the Pepsi route driver. The Bud driver called his Pepsi friend from his cell phone while he was still at the store and told him what happened. Seems the Pepsi driver called his boss, and received the identical orders the Bud driver did. So Pepsi went in and took out everything in the store under their corporate brand. And if you know Pepsico (Pepsi, Frito Lay, etc.), that's damn near EVERYTHING. Last I heard, that store has no product, no customers (word spreads fast in these small towns, y'know) and no hope. And I say good riddance to bad rubbish. I hope they enjoyed their cheers...it's the last they'll be doing in THIS country.
Since this secondary account is predicated on the reality of the original fabrication, there is no reason to believe it is true, either.
Letters like these propagate a stereotype, promote hatred and vengeance and serve no valuable purpose. Break this chain.