CHOM- Home Depot

Corporate Hypocrite of the Month- Home Depot

Home Depot

HYPOCRITE: (Merriam-Webster)

Acting in contradiction to your stated beliefs or feelings


The Home Depot Values (As stated on your website)

#3. Doing the right thing:
“We exercise good judgment by ‘doing the right thing’ instead of just'”doing things right.’ We strive to understand the impact of our decisions, and we accept responsibility for our actions.”

Name: Home Depot

Number of Stores/Outlets: 2,200 retail stores in the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), Canada, and Mexico
Number of Employees/Associates: 370,000
In January of 2015 at your Chelsea New York store, your employee killed himself and his supervisor with a .38 caliber handgun in front of horrified shoppers. Six months later, a man was shot and killed in front of your south Sacramento, California store. In October of 2015 your shopper decided to “stop” what she believed were shoplifters with her 9-millimeter handgun at your Auburn Hills, Michigan, bystanders be damned.
Despite gun violence on your own property you welcomed Texas’s open handgun carriers in 2016. And on April 2, 2014, weeks after three were killed and 24 injured at Fort Hood you welcomed a rally of 150 Open carry advocates on your North Richland Hills, Texas parking lot. Yet you certainly know the dangers of guns and how dangerous guns make an environment. That’s why you ban them from your corporate headquarters and boardrooms— but still, that does not stop you from allowing them in your stores. Apparently you think that’s the “right thing.”
Are your customers and employees less worthy of your protection then your CEO?
Callous hardware chain unmoved by gun carrier shootings on your own property, you, Home Depot, are the Corporate Hypocrite of the Month.

Contact info:

Craig Menear
Chairman, CEO and President
The Home Depot
2455 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339-40204
Marc D. Powers
Executive vice president of US stores
The Home Depot
2455 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339-40204

Corporate phone number

(770) 433-8211
Public relations email


Sample letter


Dear (official):
I have been a loyal customer of (the business) for years but am very disturbed about your refusal to ban guns in your stores. You say you are following “local laws,” that permit people to carry open or concealed but—local laws also allow you to ban guns. You have made a deliberate choice to allow them. How does that fit with your stated value of “Doing the right thing?” Those who allow them are making a conscious (deliberate) choice to do so. A business can always override local laws even when those laws permit open or concealed gun carriers. The majority of Americans and certainly your customers do not want to shop or dine near gun carriers who are a small, belligerent minority. At least 50 top US businesses have now banned guns or instituted a “no guns” policy and their numbers are growing.
Shootings from accidents and arguments happen in businesses so frequently that insurers now state without “no guns” signs posted, the businesses are liable.
By not banning guns in your stores, you expose customers and employees to injury and death—the same things you protect them from by banning cigarette smoking. Moreover you ban guns in your corporate headquarters and boardrooms so you clearly know the dangers.
I am sorry to say that I will no longer patronize your business until you have the courage to ban guns and protect customers and employers like you do your top officers. I will also urge my friends to do the same.



Dear (official):
I have recently become aware of the fact that you allow people who are carrying guns in your outlets. While “concealed carry” has been passed in every state in the union through the actions of the gun rights movement, it violates Americans’ rights to use the public space without the risk of being a gun violence victim. Every day there are reports of gun accidents and arguments in places that allow guns. Increasingly, insurers note these risks and now require businesses to post “no guns” signs if they want to avoid liability for gun violence on their premises.
I find it ironic that you ban cigarette smoking but allow people with lethal weapons to patronize you. A business can always override local laws which you have not done.
I am well aware of the fact that you ban guns in your corporate headquarters and boardrooms to protect your management and CEO. I find this very hypocritical. Why would you not protect your customers and employees in the same way?
I am sorry to say that until you ban guns from your outlets you can consider me an ex-customer. I value my life and the lives of my loved ones far more than savng money shopping at your stores.