Montana Ace Hardware CEO Excoriates Unvaccinated Employees, Cancels Christmas Parties and Meetings

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An employee of Montana Ace Hardware shared a letter they received from President & CEO Stewart Weis in July where he writes to employees how “profoundly disappointed” he is with employee vaccination rates and that decisions to not be vaccinated, outside of a physician recommending against a vaccine, are, “rooted in either being uninformed, misinformed, disinformed [sic], engaging in conspiracy theory, or just plain being selfish and/or not using your brain.”

The letter is filled with bromides like, “You are not entitled to your own facts or truth” and “The virus certainly does not give a damn about your or anyone’s politics.”

In the screed, Weis also claimed that, “In the case of Covid-19 the vaccines that we know with absolute certainty are our society’s best defense against Covid-19 and its variants.”

America’s Frontline Doctors has information about alternative treatments that are effective against COVID-19 including Ivermectin and Hydroxychloroquine. “Meta-analyses based on 18 randomized controlled treatment trials of ivermectin in COVID- 19 have found large, statistically significant reductions in mortality, time to clinical recovery, and time to viral clearance,” according to a review of evidence demonstrating the efficacy of Ivermectin by the American Journal of Therapeutics.

Weis asserted that for employees who choose not to get the vaccine, “it’s difficult to imagine a greater act of selfishness, short of mass murder.”

Referencing Montana House Bill 702 which prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees based on vaccination status, Weis stated that he wanted to keep employees who are not vaccinated away from Christmas parties and store meetings, but that the law would not allow it.

“Therefore I have no choice but to completely eliminate Company Christmas parties and all-employee store meetings from our agenda until further notice. You see, folks, your actions (or in this case, inaction) have consequences,” Weis wrote.

Weis repeated another claim often found circulating through social media channels and news outlets regarding hospitalization and death rates of vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals, “Today, over 99% of hospitalizations and over 99% of Covid-related deaths are among the unvaccinated. You can fact-check this and you will find it to be true.”

Last week, the Jerusalem Post reported the Israeli Health Ministry announcement that 694 people were being treated in Israeli hospitals for the virus. The Health Ministry said that 400 patients are in serious condition of which 64% are fully vaccinated, indicating that vaccination against COVID-19 is far from full-proof.

Former New York Times writer Alex Berenson tweeted on Friday that hospitalizations of COVID-19 have only gone up in Israel with a 22% increase year-over-year, despite being the 10th most vaccinated country in the world, according the New York Times Covid Vaccination Tracker. The United States ranks 34th in total population vaccinated.

Weis operates seven Ace Hardware locations with two in Missoula at Trempers and Eastgate, and locations in Ronan, Polson, and Kalispell.

Roy McKenzie

Roy McKenzie has lived in Missoula since 2017 and runs his own software development company. Roy is the Editor of Missoula County Tyranny. Get in touch with him on Telegram.


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  1. Angela Burns on August 31, 2021 at 10:27 am

    I think this is what all businesses should be doing. I applaud this company, and have always felt good supporting them. They are all about protecting the community. Other businesses could take some pointers from these guys.

  2. R.E on August 26, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Please note: The letter above is from 1 single Ace Hardware store owner of ONLY the stores he owns. HIS COMMENTS DO NOT REPRESENT ANY-OTHER INDEPENDENTLY OWNED ACE HARDWARE STORES IN THE STATE IF MONTANA! Only those stores listed in the article.

  3. WR Leach on August 25, 2021 at 8:07 am

    I will no longer frequent your stores here in bozeman & livingston. I am a sm business and will seek out other less tyrannical businesses to meet my supply needs.
    You Sir are joining my growing list of businesses that I will cancel. You have every right to run your business anyway you choose. But always remember the shopping public is your bread & butter Sir. I certainly hope your employees don’t quite. With current emoyment conditions nation wide….good luck finding replacements.

  4. Heather Lee on August 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Can we please find a place to throw a party for all the unvaccinated employees? I’d love to send out invites that say “if you’re vaccinated, please don’t come. That’s gross.”

  5. Terry Mesenbrink on August 22, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for the information. I’ll not support ANY of his businesses since my family was removed from Tremper’s ace hardware after shopping 1.5 hour in the store with medical exemptions. That day I spent $181.00 for my customers, but it’s the last money I will ever spend with Montana Ace Hardware.

  6. Roy M McKenzie on August 19, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Sounds like he has drank the Kool-Aid. I wonder if next he will be demanding everyone in the store take disulfiram to prevent alcohol consumption by the employees?

  7. Karmy on August 18, 2021 at 10:57 am

    What a condescending and arrogant man! He apparently is too “smart” to follow the real science out there. What proof does he have of the “astounding level of safety and efficacy of these vaccines”? “A vaccinated person cannot be infected and therefore cannot spread the virus”? Talk about misinformation. Just look at Israel for proof that the vaccinated individuals can and do get and spread the virus to others.

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