Oil Exec Uses Full-Page Ad to Apologize for Wife's Rant

Forrest Lucas of Lucas Oil says Facebook diatribe over minorities was 'hurtful'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2014 4:49 PM CDT
Oil Exec Uses Full-Page Ad to Apologize for Wife's Rant
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Some Facebook posts are costlier than others. After the wife of a co-founder of Lucas Oil posted a diatribe against "minorities," her husband took out a full-page ad in the Indianapolis Star today to apologize, reports WRTV. This is the original post by Charlotte Lucas that prompted Forrest Lucas to shell out:

  • "I'm sick and tired of minorities running our country! As far as I'm concerned, I don't think that atheists (minority), muslims (minority) nor any other minority group has the right to tell the majority of the people in the United States what they can and cannot do here. Is everyone so scared that they can't fight back for what is right or wrong with his country?"

Charlotte deleted the post fairly quickly and apologized, saying that she was trying to vent her anger at the sway of special interest groups over elected officials, reports the Star. Today, husband Forrest took out the ad, which said in part:

  • "Although it was not Charlotte's intent to offend anyone, her comments were harsh and insensitive. Her words were hurtful to many and disappointing to all. Make no mistake, Charlotte feels extremely saddened by her actions and regrets the posting." (You can see it in full via this link; go to page A12.)
New York's Daily Intelligencer thinks the idea could help the struggling newspaper industry make some money if it catches on. "Next up: paying for sponsored tweets to apologize for that time your son got a DUI!" (More apology stories.)

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