Local mayor enters Sikh-owned conveniance store; tosses Sikh literature in trash

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http://www.wane.com/dpp/news/indiana/garrett-mayor-apologizes-for-throwing-out-sikh-pamphlets

GARRETT, Ind. (WANE) The mayor of Garrett has apologized to a local business owner for an act that she herself called, "unrighteous." Our partners at KPC News reported the apology on Monday.

The manager and part-owner of Quickway in Garrett, Kulwinder Nagra, 38, said he put pamphlets about his Sikh religion on the counter of the store after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin .

“I just wanted to let people know who I am,” Nagra told KPC News. “After 9/11, there was a lot of misunderstanding. ”

Surveillance footage shows Hoeffel entering the store at about 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. She bought a soft drink and walked away. She then returned to the counter, grabbed the small stack of pamphlets, took them outside and threw them into a trash bin.

Nagra said he went outside to ask the mayor why she took all four of the pamphlets that had been placed on the counter in front of the register.

“She said, ‘It’s against my beliefs,’” Nagra said. “She said, ‘This is against Christianity.’”

Hoeffel later said she disposed of the pamphlets because of a lack of personal interest, not as a statement about the religion.

Hoefell has since apologized, saying, "I just grabbed what was there. I just decided I didn't want it."

Hoefell and Garrett City Coucilman Brad Stump met with Nagra and his business partners on Monday to discuss the incident.

“I personally believe if you do something wrong, you go to that person,” Hoeffel told KPC news. “I apologized for offending them. I said I know they are a peaceful people.”

Nagra said the Sikh religion teaches forgiveness and the issue was resolved for him when Hoeffel apologized.
Since I don't have a subscription to this news site, but I do have a copy of today's paper handy, I will attempt to fill in the blanks without copying the entire article wholesale. All quatations are lifted directly from the article.

Basically it plays out like this: Mayor Hoeffel stops at this Quickway for a soda. As she begins to walk out, she spies a stack of Sihk literature on the counter. She then proceeds to pick up the entire stack and throw it in a trash can outside. Hoeffel stated that the reason she did this was because "it didn't interest me". The owner of the Quickway, Kulwinder Nagra, a Sikh who began displaying the pamphlets after the recent Sikh temple shooting, says he confronted Hoeffel outside and asked her why she threw away his literature. According to him, she replied "It's against my beliefs. It's against Christianity". This runs contrary to her official statement of "it didn't interest me".

She has since apologized, and described her actions as "unrighteous". "I reject discrimination for any reason". Nagra has apparently forgiven her, though many people in my town have not. I'm of the personal belief that, as mayor, you represent your public in both your public and private lives. She had the nerve to walk into this man's private business, as an elected official, and discard his property as though it were her right. It reflects poorly on my community, and I want to do something about it other than bitch and moan.

I believe the topic is worthy of discussion in it's own right, though it pales in comparison to most of the shit GAF sees. The difference for me is that it's personal - I've met both of these individuals, and I'm employed by a branch of city government. Mostly I just want to ask, is there any way I can expose this story to a larger audience? I want to see this woman punished for her thoughtless actions, beyond a mere slap on the wrist. As an elected official, you cannot do such things with impunity, and I don't feel a mere apology is enough for this obviously bigoted act. Do any of you have experience with submitting small-town news stories to larger news venues?

Thanks for the help. And yes, she's a Republican. This is her Facebook.
 

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Maybe he shouldnt have entered her personal space in public. Dumb store owner.
What? It sounds like it was just out for people to grab one of they wanted. I see stuff for Christan churches constantly and it doesn't bother me. Wasn't like the store owner was handing them a flyer along with a receipt.
 

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This world is so dumb.

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That was fucking dumb. An elected public official doing that boggles the mind. Like, for real?

There's tons of shops out there that distribute literature for all types of groups. That just seems hypocritical if the "It's against my beliefs" bit is true. Plus, that's private property, the hell?
 

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Fun story, I have yet to read that thread.
Then maybe you should read the OP instead of being stupid? Or were you being sarcastic?

Regarding the story, what the hell is wrong with that mayor? As an elected official, she should not even think about doing that.
 

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Back when I was in school, the mayor of Berkeley, Tom Bates, went around campus one morning trashing all the school newspapers he could find because it endorsed his opponent. Fun times.

A lot less racist but a whole lot funnier.
 

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Then maybe you should read the OP instead of being stupid? Or were you being sarcastic?

Regarding the story, what the hell is wrong with that mayor? As an elected official, she should not even think about doing that.
The fact that a Republican mayor of a small town is racist doesn't surprise me. What's shocking is how she thought she could do something like this without any consequences whatsoever. Did she not realize convenience stores have cameras? Did she not realize it would make it to the paper? Did she think her status as mayor would scare away anyone looking to retaliate? It's astounding. I wish I could know her mental processes at the time.
 

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beaten :(

Hoefell has since apologized, saying, "I just grabbed what was there. I just decided I didn't want it."

Hoefell and Garrett City Coucilman Brad Stump met with Nagra and his business partners on Monday to discuss the incident.

“I personally believe if you do something wrong, you go to that person,” Hoeffel told KPC news. “I apologized for offending them. I said I know they are a peaceful people.”

I think we should try and get this out. This woman needs to be removed from any sort of job where taxes pay her salary.
 

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lol, no, I think we did it at the same time. That article appeared in the last 30 minutes.

Man... the backpeddling is some BS. Own your bigotry, lady, don't run from it.
My thoughts, as well. There's no good way to lie your way out of this. She did a bigoted thing and she should apologize for the bigotry, and not try to paint it as a happy accident. As though she picked up the entire stack of pamphlets on a whim. Bullshit.
 
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To me, it sounds like she picked it up out of curiousity and having misinterpreted it for a pamphlet advertising the Sikh religion, threw it in the bin as she was not interested in it. People often do this when they are given leaflets on the street. When they have no interest in it, they simply throw it in the nearest bin.

I don't believe the mayor intended to simply dispose of them when she picked them up as a statement
 

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lol, no, I think we did it at the same time. That article appeared in the last 30 minutes.


My thoughts, as well. There's no good way to lie your way out of this. She did a bigoted thing and she should apologize for the bigotry, and not try to paint it as a happy accident. As though she picked up the entire stack of pamphlets on a whim. Bullshit.
well, I emailed a few sources. Job is done.. she should be fired.

To me, it sounds like she picked it up out of curiousity and having misinterpreted it for a pamphlet advertising the Sikh religion, threw it in the bin as she was not interested in it. People often do this when they are given leaflets on the street. When they have no interest in it, they simply throw it in the nearest bin.

I don't believe the mayor intended to simply dispose of them when she picked them up as a statement

“She said, ‘It’s against my beliefs,’” Nagra said. “She said, ‘This is against Christianity.’”

furreals yo?
 

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To me, it sounds like she picked it up out of curiousity and having misinterpreted it for a pamphlet advertising the Sikh religion, threw it in the bin as she was not interested in it. People often do this when they are given leaflets on the street. When they have no interest in it, they simply throw it in the nearest bin.

I don't believe the mayor intended to simply dispose of them when she picked them up as a statement
Wait ... did she pick up one pamphlet or the stack. Your version would have more creedence with the former rather than the latter.

EDIT: or are you being sarcastic and my meter is broken.
 

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To me, it sounds like she picked it up out of curiousity and having misinterpreted it for a pamphlet advertising the Sikh religion, threw it in the bin as she was not interested in it. People often do this when they are given leaflets on the street. When they have no interest in it, they simply throw it in the nearest bin.

I don't believe the mayor intended to simply dispose of them when she picked them up as a statement
If she picked up one pamphlet, I'd agree with you. She picked up the whole stack. There's really no other way to interpret this.

Wait ... did she pick up one pamphlet or the stack. Your version would have more creedence with the former rather than the latter.
Yeah, she picked up a stack of 4. It should have been abundantly obvious that they were 4 of the same item. And if she saw what it was and didn't want it, she'd have put it back on the counter. She's not going to pick up a pamphlet for no reason without first knowing what it's even remotely about.
 

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Hoeffel later said she disposed of the pamphlets because of a lack of personal interest, not as a statement about the religion.

Hoefell has since apologized, saying, "I just grabbed what was there. I just decided I didn't want it."
"Yeah, I just picked up this giant stack of papers that I saw for whatever reason. Then two seconds later I changed my mind and decided I didn't want them, so instead of putting them back where I found them, I just tossed them in the trash.

"How dare you insinuate that this somehow had to do with my lack of tolerance of other religions. That fact is completely irrelevant-- er, I mean, I'm totally tolerant!

"What? You're saying that I'm only apologizing because I got caught? That my apology is insincere and I'm only doing it because people far more intelligent than me said that I should for PR reasons? Why I never!"
 

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To me, it sounds like she picked it up out of curiousity and having misinterpreted it for a pamphlet advertising the Sikh religion, threw it in the bin as she was not interested in it. People often do this when they are given leaflets on the street. When they have no interest in it, they simply throw it in the nearest bin.

I don't believe the mayor intended to simply dispose of them when she picked them up as a statement
Reading comprehension man, apply it! :p

OP said:
She bought a soft drink and walked away. She then returned to the counter, grabbed the small stack of pamphlets, took them outside and threw them into a trash bin.
She walked away, came back and took the whole stack and binned them, it's not like she casually picked one up and changed her mind. :p
 

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"Yeah, I just picked up this giant stack of papers that I saw for whatever reason. Then two seconds later I changed my mind and decided I didn't want them, so instead of putting them back where I found them, I just tossed them in the trash.

"How dare you insinuate that this somehow had to do with my lack of tolerance of other religions. That fact is completely irrelevant-- er, I mean, I'm totally tolerant!

"What? You're saying that I'm only apologizing because I got caught? That my apology is insincere and I'm only doing it because people far more intelligent than me said that I should for PR reasons? Why I never!"
"I even look forward to Bubba's speech!"
 

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Or maybe your post wasn't quite as clever as you seem to think it was.
Now the thread is about how some of us can't distinguish sarcasm from sincere thought. I mean it's an obvious ridiculous statement, for it to be misconstrued as anything else is mind-boggling. I mean I loled.
But on the topic, as an elected official, this bad publicity in of itself is pretty damning.
 

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This woman used to be an administrator for the local school system. As a library assistant I often had to cross paths with her to use a shared copy machine (that just happened to be in her office). She would just sit there, sighing, staring at you impatiently and asking you if you were done yet. She really has a way with people. I have no clue how she won.
 

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Disrespecting someone elses religion only shows how insecure they are about their own religion or beliefs.
 
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