WI: E-MAIL TO GI SPARKS THREATS TO MUSLIM COMPANY
Milwaukee - An American GI in Iraq who e-mailed a Wisconsin company to ask for a shipment of some floor mats got a brusque reply:
"We would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq."
The two-line e-mail response quickly circulated on the Internet and has led to threats against the Muslim-owned business and demands for a boycott.
Bargain Suppliers, an online retailer based in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, shut down its Web site Monday and fired the unidentified employee who sent the e-mail, WTMJ-TV reported.
Co-owner Faisal Khetani, a Muslim from Pakistan, has received threatening calls, the TV station said.
An answering machine at a number listed for the business said the mailbox was full and would not accept a message Tuesday.
In an e-mail dated Jan. 16, Sgt. Jason Hess asked about getting floor mats from the company.
"Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq, and we are trying to order some mats, but we are looking for who ships to APO first," the e-mail said.
A response e-mailed the same day said the company did not.
"And even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq," said the e-mail, which was signed "Bargain Suppliers."
In an e-mail to the AP, Hess said Tuesday that the employee's firing did not ease his anger over the original response.