I recently saw the same post going around facebook and snopes that customers were charged a medical excise tax at the beginning of 2013 at Cabela's. Being a fan of Cabela's and an NRA member, I was of course upset like everyone else. Here are a few of the photos circulating:
Obviously the idea of a medical excise tax is infuriating to those of us who didn't vote for Soon-To-Be-Dictator Obama, and Cabela's doesn't seem like the kind of business to stand behind Obama's politics, either. Being a sports(wo)man myself and a huge fan of Cabela's (we're there about a dozen times a year), I messaged the company to find out the truth about this tax and the photos circulating the internet. Rather than relying on Snopes.com, who has an obvious liberal agenda, I figured I'd try to find out myself what the answer is.
I left a comment on their facebook wall and sent the same message via their contact form on their website.
This is what my message said and below that is the response I received from the company. I hope this clears up any confusion.
Essentially, (if you don't want to read the full exchange below):
- There was an error in their machines. The tax was a mistake.
- They WANT TO GIVE YOU A REFUND - instructions are below and
- Don't boycott Cabela's. They are a great company and unlike many other companies (talking to you, Dicks and Cheaper than Dirt), they aren't bowing to the pressure to support
the raping of our freedoms"Gun Control."
About 18 hours later, I received this response via email:
|Response Via Email (Austin)||01/03/2013 03:16 PM|
Thank you for contacting Cabelas!
On January 1, 2013 many retail transactions were charged a Medicare Excise tax. By noon the problem was worked on and fixed. If any customers were charged with this tax are being credited unless paid by cash or check. If paid by cash or check the customers are encouraged to take the receipt to the store to be issued credit. There was an error made by mistake, and was fixed. If you have any further questions, or comments feel free to contact us.
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