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    Mrs Garner's first letter to Dr. Pepper.

    OPEN LETTER TO DR. PEPPER/SEVEN-UP, INC.
    February 2, 2002
    Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc.
    P. O. Box 869077
    Plano, TX 75086-9077
    Ph: 972-673-7867

    Dear Sirs:

    I am a school teacher. While I was on lunch duty recently,
    one of my students, holding a Dr. Pepper can, rushed up to
    me. He was very upset as he pointed to the top of the can
    where it stated, "One nation...indivisible." He asked, "Why
    has 'under God' been left out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
    Now I am asking you the same question that my student
    asked me.

    Last night on the 10:00 news, a TV anchorman reported on
    the omission of the words on the Dr. Pepper can. The
    reporter said that when questioned about the deletion, Dr.
    Pepper said there was not room on the can for the words
    "under God" to be included.

    Just how unintelligent do you think the American public
    really is? The word "indivisible" has 11 letters. "Under God"
    only contains 8 letters. If to save space something had to
    be deleted, why did you not choose the word "indivisible"
    instead of the words you chose to delete?

    In actuality, anyone can look at the can and see that there
    was plenty of room for your company to include all five
    words from that particular section of the Pledge. The ellipsis
    marks are spread out widely, and the words "under God"
    could easily have been fitted into the designated space
    along with the other three words.

    Obviously, your company decided to leave out "under God"
    for some other reason than lack of space; and that is the
    issue which concerns me. If your company chose to quote
    from the Pledge of Allegiance, why did you feel it was
    necessary to delete the words "under God"? One can only
    assume that you decided to cater to those whom you felt
    might be offended if you had included those words.

    I want to make it very clear that as a God-fearing American,
    I am deeply offended that you had the audacity to leave out
    the all-important words "under God" from our Pledge of
    Allegiance.

    Because Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc. is a direct beneficiary of
    the principles set forth in the Pledge of Allegiance, your
    company owes it to the children and to the public to
    represent the highest ideals of the United States. That does
    not include taking it upon yourself to rewrite our country's
    Pledge of Allegiance.

    I also want you to know that I will encourage the public to
    boycott Dr. Pepper until such time as you rethink your
    advertising decision. May I remind you that Walt Disney,
    AT&T, and K-Mart all chose to ignore boycott efforts; and
    now they are reaping the financial consequences of their
    decisions.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Wayne Garner
    236 Cross Country Drive
    Hewitt, TX 76643
    (254) 666-2798
    dggarner@swbell.net

    FOLLOWING IS DR. PEPPER'S RESPONSE TO
    MRS GARNERS LETTER AS ABOVE.

    Date sent: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 19:30:26 -0600
    From: Donna Garner
    Subject: THE RESPONSE FROM DR. PEPPER
    To: Donna Garner

    "The Response from Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc."
    by Donna Garner
    February 5, 2002

    In my recent open letter to Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., I
    voiced my concern as to why the new Dr. Pepper cans are
    marketed with a graphic that says, "One nation...indivisible."
    The words "under God" are quite obviously missing; and as
    a God-fearing American, I wanted an explanation from the
    company as to why they made the decision to rewrite that
    part of America's Pledge of Allegiance.

    I received Dr. Pepper's e-mail reply today with a message
    tacked on at the bottom which says;

    "The information in this e-mail and any attachments is
    confidential and may be subject to legal professional
    privilege. It is intended solely for the attention and use of
    the named addressee(s). If you are not the intended
    recipient, or person responsible for delivering this
    information to the intended recipient, please notify the
    sender immediately. Unless you are the intended recipient
    or his/her representative you are not authorized to, and must
    not, read, copy, distribute, use or retain this message or any
    part of it." (By the way, I have quoted directly from Dr.
    Pepper's e-mail and am not responsible for the grammar
    mistakes.)

    I am not a lawyer -- just a humble school teacher; but since
    when in the United States can the sender of an e-mail
    threaten legal action if the recipient reveals what is in an e-
    mail? Am I mistaken, or don't we live in a country where
    free speech is a guaranteed right? Because I refuse to be
    intimidated by such a warning, I am quoting directly from Dr.
    Pepper's e-mail. Please notice that they never explain why
    they chose to leave out "under God" since there is plenty of
    room on the Dr. Pepper can for all five words, "One nation,
    under God, indivisible."

    "...Given recent national events, this patriotic packaging was
    designed by our Graphics department to reflect our pride in
    this country's determination to stand together as one, strong
    and indivisible, under any circumstances. The Statue of
    Liberty and the Pledge of Allegiance were chosen as two of
    the greatest symbols to represent that feeling. We think we
    have a message that is resoundingly patriotic, a message
    that we are a united nation. We felt 'One Nation ...
    Indivisible' best represented the message we were trying to
    get across."

    This rationale may satisfy Dr. Pepper Corporation, but it
    bothers me considerably. To quote from my original letter,
    "Because Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc. is a direct beneficiary
    of the principles set forth in the Pledge of Allegiance, your
    company owes it to the children and to the public to
    represent the highest ideals of the United States. That does
    not include taking it upon yourself to rewrite our country's
    Pledge of Allegiance."

    If you are also a God-fearing American and are offended by
    Dr. Pepper's decision to delete the all-important words
    "under God" from their cans, please contact

    Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc.
    P. O. Box 869077
    Plano, TX 75086-9077
    Phone 972-673-7867.

    Perhaps Dr. Pepper's marketing department needs to know
    that we think leaving out the words "under God" was not a
    wise decision.

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Wayne Garner
    236 Cross Country Drive
    Hewitt, TX 76643
    (254) 666-2798
    dggarner@swbell.net

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    thats fine with me, i wish the government would do as doctor pepper and sepparate from god more often, considering the 2 shouldnt be in bed so to speak.


    its a damn soda can!

    a soda can!

    a pop can!

    its just a drink!!!!!

    if u need ur soda cans to provide good religious messages or to have god listed on teh can or are offended when the were god is cut off a quote on a soda can pls follow the lemmings.




    "Because Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up, Inc. is a direct beneficiary of
    the principles set forth in the Pledge of Allegiance, your
    company owes it to the children and to the public to
    represent the highest ideals of the United States. That does
    not include taking it upon yourself to rewrite our country's
    Pledge of Allegiance. "

    heh, it was quoted correctly i wont say anymore about this quote cuz i'd only flame it

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    I am closing this thread, at least temporarily, until it can be reviewed by the management of this forum. In my opinion it is over the line.

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