If you're like me, you probably receive a lot of non-job related email throughout the day from friends, family, people you know through work but who write in about non-work related topics.
Every few months I get the "Shop Sears" email. It takes a while to slowly wind its way through the email circuit before it finds its way back to my computer. Like clockwork, it shows up in my email from time to time, and I guess I'm due to receive it again some time this fall.
The crux of this email chain letter is to shop at Sears as a means of recognizing the company's patriotic contribution. The email states that Sears pays the difference in salary for those employees who serve in the National Guard or reserve units of other service branches and have been called to active duty in the fight against terrorism–in Iraq or elsewhere.
I shop pretty regularly at my local Sears hardware store, so it doesn't make much difference to me. I mean, I shop there anyway. Still, I was curious whether the email was correct. So I picked up the phone and called Larry Costello, my PR at the company.
In short, it's true and then some. Larry shot an email over to me outlining the company's activities supporting its military employees going all the way back 1916.
If you've gotten the email, as I have, at least now you know that it's true, and not another red herring from cyber space. —Roy Berendsohn