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    Mom gets pickle co. to drop "midget" from jars

    CRANSTON, R.I. A Cranston mother of a daughter with dwarfism has persuaded a Minnesota food company to drop the word "midget" from a line of pickles.

    The Providence Journal reports that Chelley Martinka, who says she has craved pickles, said she was incensed when she saw jars of what Cains brand calls kosher dill midgets at a supermarket.

    The mother of 10-month-old Adelaide, who has dwarfism, thought she would smash the jars. Instead, she took pictures and blogged.

    Gedney Foods in Chaska, Minn., which produces pickles and food lines by Del Monte and Cains, says it will change its labels and stop using the word "midget."

    The company did not return calls from the newspaper. It confirmed its decision, but said it does not want media attention or recognition for doing what's right.

    In a blog post about the decision, Martinka said the company's president said "that the person or people who named the pickles never meant harm, it was just a word when the marketing was done for the pickles. He agreed that in these times that same word is offensive, and he and the company would never want to offend anyone."

    Martinka also said in her blog that there were other pickle companies still using the word "midget," and that she intended to work on them too.

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    banned? Not really. A company listened to the concerns of a customer and made a decision that doesn't impact them in the least in a negative fashion. Sounds like good management to me. And good on her for going to the company instead of demanding the government step in and force them to change.

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    As long as my wife doesn't ban my midget pickle, I really don't care.
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    Well said Mike.
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    Too "PC" for me. Call it for what it is imo.

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    midget just means "smaller than usual"

    midget race cars...midget horses..midget pickles

    Vlassic still has sweet midget pickles in their product line and I'm sure they have heard complaints (and they are also my first go to on the relish dish at Christmas)


    and without "midget" there would be no "Gidget"!

    but it is an insult

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10after12 View Post
    Too "PC" for me. Call it for what it is imo.

    Just because something is PC doesn't mean its a bad thing. What do you care if they're called mini pickles as opposed to midget pickles? I honestly could not care less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    Just because something is PC doesn't mean its a bad thing. What do you care if they're called mini pickles as opposed to midget pickles? I honestly could not care less.
    Midget has different implications (see Daisy's post) than just a small person as she was bitching about. So why should they cave per her request? They've been called that for years and years without a single complaint. If you grant one person their request, then what's next? Changing every flipping thing under the sun just because you don't like it? Ridiculous. They should have held their ground imo.

    Like I say, the world is too politically correct and full of crybabies.

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    midg·et [mij-it] Show IPA
    noun
    1. (not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
    2. any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.

    adjective
    3. very small or of a class below the usual size.
    4. being a miniature replica or model.


    Does that mean that midget race cars must now be called Mini race cars?
    It is what it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10after12 View Post
    Midget has different implications (see Daisy's post) than just a small person as she was bitching about. So why should they cave per her request? They've been called that for years and years without a single complaint. If you grant one person their request, then what's next? Changing every flipping thing under the sun just because you don't like it? Ridiculous. They should have held their ground imo.

    Like I say, the world is too politically correct and full of crybabies.
    In the business we don't call this caving, we call it adapting to the wants of our customers (aka - the people who keep you in business). Any company who refuses to do this for the sole purpose of "holding their ground" (even when there is nothing to gain by holding ground) will soon find itself out of business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evhisagod View Post
    midg·et [mij-it] Show IPA
    noun
    1. (not in technical use) an extremely small person having normal physical proportions.
    2. any animal or thing that is very small for its kind.

    adjective
    3. very small or of a class below the usual size.
    4. being a miniature replica or model.


    Does that mean that midget race cars must now be called Mini race cars?
    was there a law passed that I missed?

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    I understand trying to change the culture of using the word midget because a little per....who the hell am I kidding. A midget might get offended but should we band the word fat or large from talking about produce or meat because a plus size person will get mad?

    I hate political correctness. Maybe we should changed the name of Jolly Green Giant because people with overactive pituritary glands might be upset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It's Mike View Post
    was there a law passed that I missed?
    Yeah, it concerned US Spending reductions and gun control

    Oh wait......those were not laws but rather one mans attempt to sugarcoat a turd in one case and do the Potomac 2-step on the second
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggysmalls View Post
    I understand trying to change the culture of using the word midget because a little per....who the hell am I kidding. A midget might get offended but should we band the word fat or large from talking about produce or meat because a plus size person will get mad?

    I hate political correctness. Maybe we should changed the name of Jolly Green Giant because people with overactive pituritary glands might be upset.
    Changing the name Jolly Green Giant to something else would cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in name recognition and goodwill attached to that name.

    Changing the name of one particular brand of pickles from midget to mini costs a company almost nothing. And any amount it might costs if changing the label will be more than offset by the good pub they got on this story. This was a business decision and a smart one.

 

 

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