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Letter from the director

Last Saturday, the News-Press ran a story about retail giant Walmart offering to have one of its employees deliver fresh groceries and actually put them in your refrigerator when you’re not home.

The new service is called InHome Delivery and it’s the latest initiative by Walmart to win the customer convenience battle.

But giving a stranger access to your home when you’re not there, even if they’re wearing a body cam and monitored at all times, appears to be a leap of faith. Thus, one of our Ping Poll questions in Sunday’s Debate page read, “Would you trust a Walmart employee in your home?”

Without the context of the story, the question is insulting and insensitive to all Walmart workers.

I would like to assure readers that the question was not intended to disparage the character or appearance of any Walmart employee. In fact, my father-in-law, Doug, works at Walmart and he’s actually one of the most honest and hardworking men I know.

Thus, while I think the question was a fair one, it was poorly written. It would have been better had we asked, “Would you allow any delivery person access to your home while you’re not there?”

We certainly meant no offense and sincerely apologize to our readers and all Walmart employees. And, I apologize personally to my father-in-law.

We’ll do better going forward.

Steve Booher

Director of News & Content Strategies,

St. Joseph News-Press