Petition Closed
Petitioning President Lyn Gust and 5 others
This petition will be delivered to:
President
Lyn Gust
Senior Vice President
David Deatherage
Senior Vice President
Molly Malone
Director of Public Affairs
Melinda Merrill
Store Operations
Rick Heffner
Director of Customer Communications
Kim Swearinger

K-Falls Fred Meyer: Allow RC to Play His Saxophone

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.


Letter to
President Lyn Gust
Senior Vice President David Deatherage
Senior Vice President Molly Malone
and 3 others
Director of Public Affairs Melinda Merrill
Store Operations Rick Heffner
Director of Customer Communications Kim Swearinger
I am writing to you to strongly request you reconsider your decision of telling Rafael Collins (RC) to no longer play his saxophone in your Klamath Falls store. Our community needs more culture, not corporate warehouses.

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 has asked 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. At the very least, you could have negotiated a specific time-slot when he could play or given more parameters. Instead you just cut him off with no explanation, denying him from his musical expression and denying your customers of the joy of listening.

I strongly ask you to formally invite Rafael back to play his saxophone along with an honorarium to thank him for his service.