In recent years, customers of Klamath Falls' Fred Meyer have been fortunate to have their shopping experience accompanied by live saxophone played in between the produce section and Peet's Coffee & Tea Kiosk. The man behind the instrument is Raphael Collins, but members of the community know him as RC. RC is a widely respected and loved member of our community who is seen to be involved in various segments of the community.
When you don't see RC playing his saxophone at Freddy's, you'll find him volunteering at our local hospital. In fact, RC volunteers 16 hours per week at the hospital and still finds time to share his musical talents with community shoppers free of charge. Although he would gratefully receive a donation, he asks for nothing.
Recently, RC has been told by management that he can no longer play his saxophone inside the store with no clear explanation. According to the manager, this was a corporate decision. Such corporate officials have no personal connection with RC, nor the customers and community who appreciate his talents. RC's saxophone playing is a breath of fresh air in a community which has a lot to be desired in the way of cultural diversity and musical expression.
We strongly ask Fred Meyer corporate management to reconsider inviting RC back to play his saxophone along with a thankful honorarium for his service.
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