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Fuming over store's policy at gas stations

Why is Fred Meyer allowing third-party vendors to solicit gas station customers as we are pumping our gas? This is a vulnerable position to be in – to be solicited at the pump with the store's authorization.

It's alarming that Fred Meyer would expect female customers to accept being solicited outside the store after dark. Do they seriously expect women to make a purchase from a non-Fred Meyer employee after sundown (which occurs around 4:30 p.m.) as they pump gas? It's ironic that Fred Meyer cashiers are locked in a booth as they handle gas transactions. This new policy shows a lack of concern for the overall well being of Fred Meyer customers, especially women.

I am suggesting that all third party solicitors be positioned inside the store, in the foyer, where it is apparent they are authorized by Fred Meyer, so customers can feel safe while being solicited.

– Kelly Haggett

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