You've probably seen this in an email or two over the past few years and ignored it.
"I assume you have all seen the reports about how Sears is treating its reservist employees who are called up? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up...
Sears is voluntarily paying the difference in salaries and maintaining all benefits, including medical insurance and bonus programs, for all called up reservist employees for up to two years. I submit that Sears is an exemplary corporate citizen and should be recognized for its contribution.
I suggest we all shop at Sears, and be sure to find a manager to tell them why we are there so the company gets the positive reinforcement it well deserves.
Pass it on."
Go ahead and check it out with urbanlegands or snopes.
I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth is, so I stopped in at the West Hartford, CT Sears store.
Sears remains a decent retailer, carrying quality goods that they stand behind.
What surprised me was the condition of the West Hartford location.
It was spotless, the floor in the hardware department downstairs was easily as clean as anything one might expect in a hospital operating room.
In fact the entire store shined.
While my wife was across the street braving Westfarms Mall, I browsed around in one of the oldest Sears locations in this part of the United States.
Five times in the hour or so I spent, Sears sales associates politely said; "Good afternoon sir - can I help you find anything?"
Quality goods at surprisingly competitive or better prices.
Spotlessly clean store.
Attentive, courteous employees.
This Christmas Season, let's all shop at Sears.
No reason not to, and we should be supporting a company of their caliber.
Sears official statement as to how they treat their active military employees.
Defense Department statement regarding Sears.