Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY – For over two years, residents living in the area of North Brooklyn between Broadway and Flushing Avenue have been fighting to stop white plastic bags – full of advertisements from chain stores and supermarkets – from being delivered to their homes.Join our WhatsApp group
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Leaders among the Hasidic community claim that material in the bags, especially images of women dressed immodestly or embracing men, offend their traditionally conservative values. Such images are often found in flyers for the drug store chain Walgreens.
The contents include materials the Hasidic people are offended by, and CBA [the marketing company behind them] is still sending it to this area,” complained Rabbi Simon Weiser, an activist and Community Board 1 member.
So far, Sears and JCPenney have abided by the neighborhood’s wishes, the rabbi said, but homes still receive advertising from Walgreens.
Luckily for the Hasidim, some recently approved legislation introduced by a politician representing equally annoyed communities in Queens could help solve their problem once and for all. For his part, Rabbi Weiser said he had no doubt every house in Williamsburg would put up a sign saying, “No thanks,” to all flyers once the law takes effect. [queensledger]