Discriminatory Sign Taken Down, Ricker's Issues Apology

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 9, 2010 at 6:42 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The founder of Ricker Oil is saying "I’m sorry" after an employee posted a discriminatory message on the front door of a Fort Wayne store.

Jay Ricker issued a statement of apology for a sign that read, "For sanitary purposes, there are no Burmese people allowed."

The sign was posted at the Rickers on Calhoun and Rudisill.

The statement reads "Unfortunately, an employee responded to an alarming situation in an inappropriate manner by posting this sign."

The sign has been taken down.

Below is the official apology by President Jay Ricker:

"On behalf of Rickers, I would like to apologize for any offense a recently posted sign may have caused at one of our locations in the Ft. Wayne area. Unfortunately, an employee responded to an alarming situation in an inappropriate manner, by posting this sign.

Once we learned of our employee's actions, we responded swiftly to rectify the situation. This sign in question was removed and we are exploring appropriate disciplinary action. It is the policy of Rickers to welcome all patrons to its facilities. We are committed to maintaining a positive relationship with all members of the communities we serve.

Jay Ricker"

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