Abercrombie Faces Obscenity Case
Virginia Beach, Va. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. said Monday authorities overreacted when they confiscated two display photos of scantily clad men and a woman from a clothing store and cited the manager on a misdemeanor obscenity charge.
Abercrombie said it would pursue its legal rights aggressively and expected to prevail.
“The marketing images in question show less skin than you see any summer day at the beach. And certainly less than the plumber working on your kitchen sink,” the company said in a statement.
Virginia Beach police issued the summons Saturday after Abercrombie management did not heed warnings to remove the images from the Lynnhaven Mall store after some customers complained, police spokesman Adam Bernstein said.
One photograph showed three shirtless young men, with one man’s upper buttocks showing. The other image was of a woman whose breast was mostly exposed, authorities said.
City code makes it a crime to display “obscene materials in a business that is open to juveniles,” Bernstein said.
Bernstein said police charged the manager because there is no legal way to issue a summons to a corporate entity in such circumstances. If convicted, the manager faces a fine of up to $2,000 and as much as a year in jail.
The manager declined to comment.
O’Reilly Automotive looks to buy CSK Auto
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. O’Reilly Automotive said today that it has expressed interest in acquiring all of the outstanding shares of CSK Auto common stock for $8.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $845 million, which includes the assumption of about $490 million of CSK debt.
According to O’Reilly Automotive, the proposal represents a 34% premium over CSK’s closing stock price on Thursday, Jan. 31, as well as a 63% premium over the average trading stock price for CSK over the last thirty days.
“The benefits of our proposed transaction are very compelling and offer significantly more security to CSJ stockholders, creditors, suppliers and partners than CSK on a standalone basis,” O’Reilly ceo Greg Henslee said in a letter to CSK ceo Lawrence Mondry.
Henslee went on to detail how the merger would create the third largest auto parts retailer in the country. “Building upon the foundation of CSK’s Western presence and O’Reilly’s Midwestern and Southeastern presence, the combined company would be positioned to further leverage O’Reilly’s very effective dual-market strategy,” Henslee said.
New DeCA site focuses on good health
FORT LEE, Va. The Defense Commissary Agency has revamped its Web site once again, this time with a focus on diet and nutrition.
The new DeCA site features the “Ask the DeCA Dietitian” section, a nutrition forum hosted by Army Reserve Maj. Karen Fauber, a registered dietitian. According to DeCa, customers can use the forum to exchange questions, comments and experiences on nutrition topics with the DeCA dietitian and other users.
Customers looking for recipe ideas will find them on the new site in the “Kay’s Kitchen” section, which provides easy and nutritional recipes.
The site also informs customers of sales through its “Savings Aisle” section, which also provides links to Internet coupons.