The Dollarama chain is clarifying its policy after veterans in Kamloops, B.C. complained the local store refused to sell poppies on behalf of the legion.
Dollarama says veterans are welcome to sell the poppies themselves at store entrances, but it doesn’t allow unattended donation boxes themselves to be set up at cash registers.
The company says it doesn’t want its employees to be responsible for managing the money in the boxes.
It says the policy applies to any charity trying to raise money.
The president of the Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans in the area originally raised the complaints about Dollar Tree and Dollarama stores in Kamloops refusing to allow the sale of the poppies on the grounds that it was company policy.
Gord Marsh called the move inexcusable and an insult to veterans whose sacrifice has made Canada a great place to live and do business.
He points out the poppy campaign raises badly needed funds for veterans’ rehabilitation and other programs.