|Hug-giving incident just act of kindness|
Letter to the Editor:
I am a 14-year-old boy living in Eagle River. Recently, my confirmation class and I?were victims of the sad and twisted times we live in.
Our confirmation ceremony is swiftly approaching and last week we went out into the community to do “random acts of kindness.” We split into groups and my group went to a local grocery store, holding a sign that said, “Free Hugs,” and giving out just that. Was it unusual? Yes. Was it rather awkward? Certainly. But harmful or harassing? No.And yet, after only about 15 minutes (and about a dozen hugs), the store manager came out and told us we needed to leave. Apparently, there had been numerous complaints of us harassing customers and “disturbing the peace.”
Our teacher told the manager that we did not mean any harm and we were simply learning the meaning of service. Nevertheless, we were told to go, very forcefully. This is very disturbing. To be kicked out of a grocery store for offering hugs.
I think this is a shocking “wake-up slap” to reveal the true nature of the world we live in, and the distrust that keeps people from accepting a simple hug.
|Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:51 PM|