The Texas mattress store that tried to make light of Sept. 11 in a “Twin Tower sale” commercial will close indefinitely, its owner said Friday.
The spot for Miracle Mattress in San Antonio showed two stacks of mattresses, one with an American flag on top, falling down in a spoof of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people 15 years ago.
“We’ll never forget,” the store’s manager said in the ad.
The store’s owner, Mike Bonanno, apologized for the “tasteless” commercial Thursday. In a statement posted to the store’s front doors and its Facebook page Friday, he said that it will be shuttered at least through Sunday’s 9/11 anniversary.
“We take full responsibility for our actions and sincerely regret the hurt and pain caused by this disrespectful advertising campaign,” Bonanno said.
“There is very little we can do to take away the hurt we have caused, but we can begin with silence through the Anniversary and then do our best to follow up with actions that reflect the seriousness of our mistake.”
Bonanno promised to release information next week about the company’s plans to support the 9/11 Memorial and funds for victims. He also pledged “accountability actions” for those responsible for the ad, which appeared on the store’s page before it was removed Thursday.
He added that he has seen fake social media accounts “created in an attempt to attack commenters and those expressing outrage.”
“Miracle Mattress, its ownership and its employees will not be engaging in any personal attacks or responses on any social media platform,” Bonanno said. “Any account doing so is unauthorized.”
SOURCE: TOBIAS SALINGER
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