Discount-mats is a Wisconsin based online store that sells and distributes mattresses and mats.
Army Sgt. Jason Hess, stationed in Taji, Iraq, sent a request to the company via email for some floor mats to ease life in one of Iraqs harshest areas.
The Sargent’s request was simple: “Do you ship to APO (military) addresses? I’m in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for ships to APO first.”
As I said a simple request, and one military members always concern themselves with, because not all companies make plain in advertising if they ship via the APO\FPO system. Better to be safe and ask rather than order, wait, then receive a note saying, “sorry we don’t ship to military addresses.”
Sgt. Hess’s “reward” for thinking ahead and playing it safe (not to mention being honest, he could have omitted the ref to his location) was the following response from Discount-Mats.com:”
We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.
As a retired member of the U.S. Navy I feel compelled to say on behalf of all my fellow brothers-in-arms, past and present: Fuck-off and Die!! SGT Hess is doing the job assigned and nothing more. If you assholes have a problem with policy contact the Commander-in-Chief and Congress who authorized the current conflict.
The report says the person responsible has been fired.
The company is registered to Faisal Khetani, an American Muslim of Pakistani descent.
Coincidence? Not relevant? I can’t say, only Khetani can but if I had one question for Khetani it would be: If the Sargent’s name was SGT. Mohamood al Bin al-Sheid would you have found a way to send the mats to Iraq?
I think I know the answer, but again I can’t be sure. And it appears that I won’t have the opportunity to ask, the site is unavailable and provides this notice:
Discount-Mats.com is Experiencing Technical Difficulties…
If you are inquiring about your order, please contact us via phone or email.
Thank you for your understanding & patience.
Note the absence of a phone number or email addy. Obviously this is directed at previous customers, who would have them on any invoices on file, and not those that are so mad at this despicable act they could piss nails!
There is a happy ending however, SGT. Hess emailed that he has since found two mat suppliers willing to ship to an APO address in Iraq.
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