Williams-Sonoma Removes Pressure Cookers From Massachusetts Stores
Williams-Sonoma has taken pressure cookers off the shelves in its Massachusetts stores:
Following the Boston Marathon bombing last Monday in which pressure cookers were used for the explosion, the cookware giant has decided to temporarily stop selling the items in their Massachusetts stores.
Williams-Sonoma, the specialty retailer of home furnishings and gourmet cookware with over 250 stores in the United States, has pulled pressure cookers from their shelves following the Boston Marathon bombing.
“It’s a temporary thing out of respect,” said Kent, who is the Store Manager of the Williams-Sonoma at the Natick Mall. He referred Patch to corporate for further questions. Williams-Sonomaalso has a local branch at Legacy Place in Dedham.
Pressure cookers will still be available on the Williams-Sonoma website.
Mike Riggs at Reason calls it a posthumous victory for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and I’ve seen other people on the right criticize it as the company giving in to terrorists, which I think is something of an overreaction. Instead, it seems to me like something that a company that has always been very concerned about its image is doing on a temporary basis to avoid offending customers, or reminding them needlessly of the events of last Monday. Would I have done it were I a store manager? Probably not, but it’s not the end of the world.