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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:04 PM

Big objection to small pickle's name leads to change

Chelley Martinka, a Rhode Island mom, found a pickle of a problem recently while shopping for, well, pickles.

She noticed that Cains, a popular pickle brand in New England made by Minnesota’s own M.A. Gedney Co., had an offering called “midgets.” It’s a term that’s offensive to people born with dwarfism, as well as their families. And Martinka’s daughter, now 10 months old, had been diagnosed with the condition soon after birth.

So, she blogged about the issue, made a YouTube video and contacted Gedney, the 132-year-old pickle maker with a national presence and a brand particularly well-known in the Twin Cities. Gedney’s CEO, Barry Spector, called her earlier this month and said the company would indeed junk the midget moniker.

“My jaw didn’t drop to the floor — I hope that companies listen to their consumers — but I was surprised,” Martinka told the Star Tribune.

New labels are being designed now, Spector told her, though there’s six months; worth of product with the “midget” label in inventory. On Friday, Martinka got an e-mail from Gedney, confirming it has “indeed been proceeding with Mr. Spector’s promise,” and signing off with the salutation “Have a Dilly of a Day!”

http://www.startribune.com/business/192178941.html?refer=y

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Reply Big objection to small pickle's name leads to change (Original post)
The Straight Story Feb 2013 OP
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #1
CBGLuthier Feb 2013 #2
Brickbat Feb 2013 #4
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #5
X_Digger Feb 2013 #6
Eleanors38 Feb 2013 #8
kenny blankenship Feb 2013 #19
Brickbat Feb 2013 #3
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #7
msongs Feb 2013 #9
OceanEcosystem Feb 2013 #10
elvisbear Feb 2013 #11
cthulu2016 Feb 2013 #12
Erose999 Feb 2013 #20
Retrograde Feb 2013 #13
The Straight Story Feb 2013 #15
MadHound Feb 2013 #14
NoPasaran Feb 2013 #16
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #18
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #17
NoPasaran Feb 2013 #21
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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. Yeah, but then the Gherkin family will start bitching.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:06 PM

2. This is stupid. The word is fine so long as you don't use it to describe people.

America gets dumber by the minute.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:08 PM

4. I think it's awesome that someone did something about it, and someone else listened.

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Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:10 PM

5. Hyper sensitivity to small issues , compounded with malaise toward serious issue

is a major facet of modern america ..

They will probably change the name to "baby" gherkins, and then catch hell for being anti-baby..

perhaps mini-pickles ?

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:15 PM

6. Reminds me of the fuss over 'master' and 'slave' re hard drives in computers.

All I can do is...

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:48 PM

8. Morlock mechanics don't rate PC concerns when repairing brakes.

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Response to SoCalDem (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:35 PM

19. Pickled Little People

there, I fixed it.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:07 PM

3. I have no idea what Gedney does politically, but I like their food and I love what they do with jams

-- they have special contests at the Minnesota State Fair and if your jam wins, you get your recipe duplicated by the company and your picture on the jar. I will admit to dreaming about winning.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:35 PM

7. Was originally used

to distinguish between those who were uniformally small with those disproportionately short. If I was uniformally small I'd prefer to be called a midget.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:17 PM

9. vertically challenged pickles nt

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:20 PM

10. Society is really becoming unreasonably over-sensitive these days. N/t.

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:06 PM

11. What about Red-skinned potatoes?



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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:09 PM

12. Breaking News: Pickles are not People

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #12)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:40 PM

20. I say life begins at anaerobic fermentation. Lactobacillae are people too!!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:17 PM

13. Oh noes! I just ordered some seeds for dwarf vegetable plants!

And I want to plant some beans known as Old Mother Stallard - am I being sexist?

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:20 PM

15. I dunno, maybe ask in Meta?

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:20 PM

14. Geez, what insanity.

 

It is things like this that show political correctness has gone too far.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:26 PM

16. This is the very definition of a First World Problem

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Response to NoPasaran (Reply #16)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:29 PM

18. all about the language; not so much about the concrete problems.

 

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:27 PM

17. So what's next ?

Snow White and the Seven People who are Not Very Tall.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:24 PM

21. The Pickles! Will no one think of the Pickles!

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 05:01 PM

22. Note to self: If I decide to sell my MG.

Watch the wording in the ad.

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