ORIGINAL ITEM, JAN. 17, 3:30 P.M.: Sure, we've all seen stores and restaurants play up holiday sales for the sakes of their bottom lines. But there are times when someone with a decent head on their shoulders should speak up and call a bad idea a "bad idea."
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UPDATE: Thalia Surf Shop has issued an apology on the store's official blog:
'Respect' Image Apology
Jan. 18, 2011: Yesterday, we at Thalia Surf sent out a newsletter announcing our MLK Day Sale. In no way did we intend to hurt or offend anyone. For those that took offense or disrepect, we truly are sorry. We took down the ad for our sale to hopefully calm the waters and in the future will be more careful in our selection of promotions. We appreciate the support from customers and patrons of Thalia Surf that know us and know that we meant no harm. Thanks.
Owner, Thalia Surf