If you aren’t familiar with the Indiana University Delta Chi lawn chair saga, wherein the fraternity purchased over $1.5 million worth of lawn chairs from home improvement superstore Menards for the insane price of $54, catch up by first reading this:
Then reading this update:
And finally, reading the most recent update: the below article.
U.S. Congressmen Jim Banks, who represents Indiana’s 3rd District and who just so happens to be an alum of the IU Delta Chi chapter (furthering the incredibly positive (and accurate) stereotype of Greeks running the legislature), stands in solidarity with his Delta Chi brothers. Banks sent a letter to Menards pleading for the store to honor the sale that they claim was “a figment of the computer’s imagination.”
Indiana Congressman Jim Banks, who is an IU graduate and a former member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, sent the retailer a letter Thursday.
Banks was pleading with Menards to honor the sale. The letter spells out the fraternity’s intention of reselling the chairs to places like nursing homes and hotels and then donating the money to the Jimmy V Foundation, which supports cancer research.
Watch WISH-TV’s on-air news report below.
Here’s Congressman Banks’ letter to Menards in its entirety, via WISH-TV:
January 26, 2017
Dear Mr. Menard,
As you may know, the Delta Chi chapter at Indiana University in Bloomington recently purchased 4,200 Tamara Mowry-designed paisley pattern chairs using Menards.com. These purchases, made at a significantly discounted price, were confirmed by the Menards website. The members of IU Delta Chi planned to resell these chairs in bulk to nursing homes, hotels, and other local establishment [sic] and then donate the proceeds to the Jimmy V foundation, an organization dedicated to funding cancer research.
It has come to my attention that Menards, citing a temporary and isolated technical error, cancelled the purchases made by IU Delta Chi. I write to ask that you reconsider this decision. The actions of the men of IU Delta Chi represent what we want from fraternities everywhere – a commitment to philanthropy and the betterment of our communities at large. I believe that the spirit behind the purchase of these chairs should be both encouraged and supported.
Among the ideals articulated in the Delta Chi constitution is the development of character. Speaking as an IU Delta Chi alumnus, I believe the men of Delta Chi displayed both character and ingenuity in this situation. It is my hope that you will see the value of what the men of IU Delta Chi intended to achieve and honor this sale.
Congressman Jim Banks
I’d be remiss not to point out that the chairs were not actually designed by Tamera Mowry, as I explain at the 12:19 mark on the latest episode of the Inside TFM Podcast.
But I don’t hate that a dumb joke I made ended up becoming an alternative fact reported by a U.S. Congressman.
Good on Banks for standing behind both his fraternity and the Jimmy V Foundation. Menards may have been able to sweep this whole thing under the rug before, but Jim “Banksy” Banks, Congressional Badass, is on the case now. It’s gotta be only a matter of time before they stand down and either follow through on their order or cut a check to Jimmy V.
Your move, Menards..