|(Arlington, VA) – Americans all across the country marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some remembered the day with prayer. Others remembered the day with quiet, silent reflection. Many visited one of the attack sites in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA.
And others made it even easier to go shopping.
Bikram Yoga Arlington posted ads today offering discounts to its various classes and memberships. The discounts were meant to “honor those patriots [2,977 on September 11, 2001] who have died for our country.”
Reaction to the “honor” of yoga discounts was decidedly negative.
“We felt it was a generous deal,” said a spokesman for Bikram owner Zahra Vaezi, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It was Labor Day just a short time ago, and the sales he offered went over really well. So why is it a crime to offer more discounts on another holiday?”
Vaezi also complained of being put in a Ray Rice situation, commenting that Rice punching his wife was “upsetting” but got “blown out of proportion.”
On February 14, Rice beat the living crap out of fiancé Janay Palmer in an elevator at Atlantic City’s Revel Casino. The incident led to an initial two-game suspension from the NFL, but a video showing details of the brutal attack surfaced earlier this week. Rice now finds himself indefinitely suspended from the NFL and fired by the Baltimore Ravens.
Even worse: Rice’s fiancé Janay Palmer – now his wife – has been fighting back against his detractors and the media.
This opened Vaezi up to new levels of criticism – definitely not the way she wanted to call attention to her store.
“First she’s defending greed on September 11,” said an anonymous Twitter user, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Then she’s defending domestic violence. And she thinks she did nothing wrong? And she’s expecting to keep her customers? She’s insane!”