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LivingSocial Apologizes for Decorating “Greed Room” With Dreidels

The DC-based online merchant was hosting a “7 Deadly Sins” party for Halloween.

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Some untactful decorating gave LivingSocial’s “7 Deadly Sins” party last Saturday an eighth offense—perceived anti-Semitism. Partygoers who attended the ticketed Halloween event said the decorations in the “greed room” included dreidels, four-sided tops used during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

“I was very offended. I just thought it was completely inappropriate,” one attendee told Washington Jewish Week.

LivingSocial, the DC-based online coupon and events company, converted its storefront at 918 F St., Northwest, into a “night of tricks—and sins” with themed rooms for each of the cardinal vices. Advertising for the event, which drew 643 people paying $59 or $79, billed the “greed room” as a “shimmering room full of silver and gold” along with games and a cocktail named after King Midas.

But the sight of a Jewish token in a room festooned for avarice struck the anonymous partygoer as “clearly anti-Semitic.”

LivingSocial has been quick to apologize for the dreidels. “We do not condone prejudice, nor do we tolerate inappropriate or hurtful behavior of any sort,” company spokesman Kevin Nolan writes in an email. “What happened at the event does not reflect who we are as a company and we are deeply apologetic.”

The company is offering refunds to anyone who attended the bash.

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  • Benny

    What the hell is wrong with the Washingtonian? "perceived anti-Semitism"? In what universe is this about perception? Gold and silver, perhaps. But dreidels as a symbol of greed? How is that anything other than clear anti-semitism?

  • Dr. Sphincter

    Sounds like another case of a proctologist's dream company.

  • appalled

    wow, Living Social just keeps sinking to new lows. I am so glad that the $33 million in tax breaks that the DC Council hastily approved last year are unlikely to take effect due to Living Social's actual performance (400 layoffs a few months later) after assuring DC gov't that it was growing in leaps and bounds and would be adding hundreds of new full time workers. Sheesh.

  • StevieG

    Halloween is all about having fun, dressing for the occasion, and gift giving. The folks at Living Social have added a new unwelcome twist....acting dumb and insensitive. The folks at Groupon will be getting a surge of "buy now" clicks adding to the further decline of this once innovative Co.

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