Hobby Lobby Fined More Than $220,000 for Deceptive Advertising in New York June 13, 2014

Hobby Lobby Fined More Than $220,000 for Deceptive Advertising in New York

The Christian-owned Hobby Lobby is in the news for something not related to screwing employees out of comprehensive health insurance.

Turns out they advertised several items as being on sale… but when those items are never *not* on sale, it’s not really a sale at all. It’s false advertising. And New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman finally clamped down on them:

The investigation began in 2013, when Attorney General Schneiderman’s office began tracking marketing materials advertising 50 percent off and 30 percent off sales. Hobby Lobby advertised its custom framing, furniture, and home décor products as sale items for more than 52 consecutive weeks. The investigation determined that Hobby Lobby violated New York’s General Business Law (350-D) for False Advertising. Sales that are never-ending are in violation of the false advertising law.

For their deception — which I thought was a sin in Christianity, but what do I know? — Hobby Lobby was assessed a fine of more than $220,000:

As part of the settlement, the company will change its advertising practices over the next 60 days, contribute $138,600 in supplies to public schools near Hobby Lobby stores in Upstate New York, and pay $85,000 in civil penalties and other costs.

It’s a negligible penalty for the multi-billion dollar company, but hopefully, it’ll send a message.

The next step, of course, is for conservative Christians to claim this is somehow religious discrimination.

(Thanks to Jon for the link)


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