Phil Mendelson Asks LivingSocial to Lay Off the Booze and Guns
It's the time of the summer recess when a D.C. Council chairman's heart turns to more light-hearted pursuits. For Phil Mendelson, that means bugging LivingSocial.
In a letter to LivingSocial CEO Tim O'Shaughnessy, Mendelson asks the daily deals company to join its Chicago-based competitor Groupon and drop deals that involve both alcohol and guns. (Washington City Paper also sells daily deals.)
"Offering consumers a product that seemingly glorifies the opportunity to shoot a firearm and consume alcohol is, in my view, too flippant with the responsibility that is associated with gun use," Mendelson writes.
LivingSocial spokeswoman Sara Parker tells LL the company isn't currently offering any guns and alcohol deals. "We have not yet heard directly from Councilman Chairman Phil Mendelson, but welcome a dialog with him at any time," Parker writes in an email.
The last time this came up, the company said it only allows participants to drink after shooting, not before or during. That's apparently not enough for Mendelson, whose press release not so subtly points out that LivingSocial will receive a $32.5 million tax break from the District starting in 2015.
Letting people shoot guns and then drink is like selling beer in a gas station, according to the chairman. "It is simply not in the public interest to associate the two," Mendelson writes.
Read the letter below:
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