Most people would be happy to see kids singing Christmas carols, but a Washington grocery store kicked two little girls off their property for doing just that. The WinCo Foods grocery store in Vancouver, WA, booted the little girls who were singing carols simply to spread holiday cheer and weren’t asking for money. In addition, no complaints were filed by customers and the girls were actually encouraging business by having people stand out and listen.
“The store employee said our policy is like we don’t allow carolers or something like that,” said Kaitlyn Bascom, one of the little girls. The other girl, Ayla Bascom, told a local news station that she was “bummed. We were both depressed that we couldn’t spread any more love and joy and cheer.”
WinCo Corporate attorney Mike Reed said he was startled by the decision to have the girls leave. “WinCo has no written policy on that (caroling) – we do as a company try to remain neutral on some policies,” said Reed. “[I don’t] see any harm in a couple of little girls.” Reed promised to speak to the store managers and said the girls would likely be welcome to sing outside of the WinCo store in the future.
The decision to have the young girls leave is particularly ironic because this Winco establishment used to be the site of endless pickets. The protesting was in regards to the fact that Winco is non-union, and the picketers believing this was a disgrace to the Unions.