- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Chicago flower shop has started requiring potential customers to reject Nazism and white nationalism before they’re allowed to place an order.

Customers who try to shop online at Flowers for Dreams, located at 1812 W. Hubbard St., are prompted with a message asking, “Before we proceed… Do you condemn racism, Nazism, and white nationalism?”

Customers can choose between two possible answers: “Yes, I can’t believe we’re still having this conversation,” and, “No, I’m ignorant and complicit in hate.”

By choosing “yes,” customers are greeted with a thank-you note and encouraged to donate to the Anti-Defamation League, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, or RefugeeOne.

By choosing “no,” potential customers are told, “Thank you but no thank you. We don’t want your business here.” By hitting the “goodbye” button, rejected customers are then redirected to United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Steven Dyme, co-founder and CEO of Flowers for Dreams, said he first posted the question on Sunday night, in light of violent, racist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday that resulted in a woman being killed.

“For me, it’s pretty personal. I am the grandson of Holocaust survivors,” Mr. Dyme told a local CBS affiliate. “But we want to make it known that we don’t want their money.”

Mr. Dyme told DNAInfo.com that his business is dedicated to advancing “causes we care about.”

“Every purchase benefits an amazing local charity. Each month, we feature one worthy cause and contribute 1/4 of all our profits to it,” the Flowers for Dreams website states. The company says it’s donated more than $223,000 to local charities in recent years.

“Our customers tend to use their dollars to express their values,” Mr. Dyme said. “We want to be a leader in that. [Rejecting Nazism] is not that controversial.”

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