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Calgary Chapters Store Loses Books to Homophobes, Asks for Help
 
ONLINE:  SATURDAY JANUARY 29, 3:48 PM EST (GMT-5).

VANDALS have been selecting gay and lesbian books at a Chapters store in Calgary for some time and destroying them in spite of store management's efforts to catch the homophobes.

We hope the customers do as much to help us.
- Merchandising Manager
 
 
Lisa McWhir, Merchandising Manager of Chapters on Macleod Trail, told the Calgary Sun that hundreds of books have been torn in half and hidden around the store since it opened in 1997.

"I'd say they have a real problem with people who are gay and lesbian," she said.  "It's disturbing to most of us here."

The vandals have lifted gay related books from store sections beyond the self-labeled one, including computer and travel.  Although staff, both uniformed and plainclothed, have tried to catch it happening, efforts have failed.  Ms. McWhir said the perpetrators are sneaky and sporadic.

"We hope the customers do as much to help us," she stated, and added that the people responsible are doing their own censorship, something in which Chapters doesn't believe.  She also mentioned, however, that the store is trying to balance their efforts with a desire to retain browser privacy.