Dear Mr. Halle,
I love Discount Tire. I’ve lived in Maricopa County 29 years and never have purchased tires anywhere else. Your training program must be sensational. I’ve never encountered a Discount Tire employee who was less than friendly, honest and helpful. On one occasion, an employee told me I’d been sold the wrong type of tires for my Prius, and discounted the price of a new set to compensate me.
But I’ll never buy tires at your stores again.
Using your stores to promote Arpaio’s re-election crosses the line. The insensitivity is shocking. Latinos whom Arpaio has persecuted for decades have helped make you a billionaire. To slap them in the face as you have is stunning.
If you want to quietly make political contributions to Arpaio and his ilk, I have no quarrel. I think you’re misguided, but you probably think I’m misguided in my political views. To each his own.
The use of your stores to promote Arpaio, however, is different. Customers of yours have relatives who’ve died in Arpaio’s jails or been brutalized by Arpaio’s goons. Sticking your thumb in their eye as you have is unconscionable.
I write and read a lot about America’s billionaires. Too often, obscene wealth ruins people. You, my friend, are Exhibit A.