Harps Food Stores, a grocery chain based in Arkansas, took a lot of flack this week over one of it's independent stores covering up Elton John's family picture on the cover of Us Magazine.

A decision made by an independent store manager to cover up the magazine with a "Family Shield" after "alleged customer complaints" cause such a backlash, that it's corporate president and CEO both made statements on it's web site, and ordered to have the magazine uncovered the next day.

Roger Collins, Harp's CEO and Chairman stated, "Haprs has never and would never discriminate. We are sorry that these events caused misunderstandings."

Kim B. Eskew, the company's president and COO stated, "In this case our store manager received some complaints and, as has been our custom, placed the shield the cover of the magazine.  When we began receiving complaints at our corporate office, we reviewed the magazine in question, removed the shield and are selling the magazine in all our locations today without any shield.  Our true intention is not to offend anyone in our stores and this incident happened at just one of our 65 locations, which when brought to our attention, we reversed."



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