This item was brought to my attention by independent O.C.C. member Mr. Glenn Allardyce of Toronto ABATE. Glenn and myself formulated a letter to Playmobil with the focus being that their product was offensive to motorcyclists and especially offensive to those of us that have families, as their product is aimed at the 3-7 age group. It could only serve to reinforce stereotypes on young and impressionable minds.
Playmobil responded quickly and positively. Less than three weeks after the letter was sent we received a reply from the Canadian office of the corporation apologizing and informing us that the toy would no longer be manufactured.
Congratulations to Glenn and Toronto ABATE, the Confederation and a special congratulations to Playmobil Inc. of Zindorf, Germany for exhibiting the true spirit of corporate and community responsibility. Truly a win-win situation for all involved.
:Brian J. Dodds :Secretary :Ontario Confederation of Clubs :10 Jan. 2001