6826 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
This letter is written in protest to your line of merchandise that we consider to be derogatory to
our Irish culture and heritage. In the year 2015, one would like to think that our country and
its’ vendors have learned to respect the pride and values of its citizens but unfortunately that
does not seem to be the case with Spencer’s Gifts. We understand that your "About Us" statement
claims humor and irreverence as your inspiration but many of your items are more derogatory
than humorous. This merchandise that you market for our celebration of St. Patrick, the patron
Saint of Ireland is disgraceful. It stereotypes our Irish Culture in a way that we find unacceptable.
This feast day is a celebration of a very rich culture and devotion to a missionary saint. It is a
day of great pride and joy. It is very upsetting and offensive when we see your vulgar items on
display since they suggest slanderous statements about our Irish culture and heritage.
We are requesting that you remove these items from your line of merchandise. Otherwise, we
will join other Irish organizations that call for a boycott of ALL of your merchandise.
As the United Grand Council of Emerald Societies, who represents Emerald Societies from around
the country, we represent thousands of families who would participate in such an economic action
against your stores and online operation . We would appreciate a response as soon as possible.
Francis C. O’Keefe
President, Grand Council of United Emerald Societies