Grocery Store Kicks Girls Off Property For Singing Christmas Carols

VANCOUVER (CBS Seattle) – Two young girls who were trying to spread holiday cheer were kicked off of a grocery store’s property for singing Christmas carols.

Ayla Bascom and Kaitlyn Manseau chose the WinCo near their home to give shoppers “a warm fuzzy feeling,” KATU reported.

The girls made a sign stating they didn’t want any money and no one went into the store to file a complaint either. Instead, people stopped outside to listen to them sing popular Christmas carols.

The girls hadn’t even been singing for an hour when they were told they had to leave the property by a WinCo employee.

“(The employee said) our policy is like we don’t allow carolers or something like that,” Manseau told KATU.

“I was like bummed,” Bascom told the station. “We were both depressed that we couldn’t spread any more love and joy and cheer.”

Management at WinCo directed the girls to contact the company’s corporate attorney. They left a voicemail complete with a song asking for permission to sing, KATU reported.

WinCo’s corporate attorney, Mike Reed, called them back stating: “Winco has no written policy on that – we do as a company try to remain neutral on some policies.”

Reed told the girls that he didn’t “see any harm in a couple little girls singing” and gave them permission to continue spreading holiday cheer by singing outside of the store.

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