Thursday, July 14, 2011

Marathon Oil enforces contract terms, requires retailer to remove porn magazines

Florida Family Association influenced 12 Major Oil companies  from 1998 to 2004 to adopt marketing agreement language which prohibits 100,000 retail locations from selling porn.  

A concerned citizen, who will be referred to as JR, visited the Florida Family Association web site and learned what she could do to influence the removal of pornographic magazines recently sold by a local Marathon Oil branded convenience store.

MARATHON OIL requires independent retailer to stop selling pornography.  JR from Illinois wrote on June 29, 2011:  “I read from one of your articles that Marathon Oil does not allow porn in their stores. Long story short: I e-mailed Marathon Customer Service on their website to inform them about a local Marathon convenience store that carries Playboy, Hustler, etc. in Robinson Illinois. Within 3 days Marathon representatives saw to it that it was removed! Praise God! Thank you for your information. I had wanted it out of my town for some time and didn't realize that they weren’t allowed to sell it. I'm now looking in stores everywhere I go and will do the same.  Thank you for all your efforts.  Best Regards, JR."

Thank you, JR, for making a difference.  She used the contract restrictions that Florida Family Association worked diligently on for six years to do what we hoped would be done for many years to come by many concerned citizens.

Florida Family Association influenced the following 12 MAJOR OIL COMPANIES from 1998 to 2004 to adopt Marketing Agreement terms that would contractually prohibit the sale of pornographic materials by independent retailers who sell their brand of gasoline at approximately 100,000 locations:

To read each major oil company's letter to Florida Family Association which documents their Marketing Agreement terms that prohibit the sale of pornography by their independent retailers click on the following links:

BP-Amoco      Chevron      Citgo      Conoco      ExxonMobil      Hess
Marathon       Murphy        Phillips   Sunoco      Texaco 

If you see a convenience store that sells one of the brands of gasoline listed below that is also selling pornographic magazines or videos, there is a good chance the store may be violating the terms of the marketing agreement with the major oil company.  Sending an email to report the store to the major oil company may result in the removal of the pornographic magazines or videos.

TO REPORT A STORE to a major oil company simply click on the appropriate email address below and include the following information in your email message to the major oil company official:

•    You are reporting a branded (list major gasoline brand) store that sells pornography.
•    You are aware that the major oil company has marketing agreements with independent retailers which prohibit them from selling pornographic materials.
•    Store name and address.
•    Type of materials sold (magazines, videos, DVDs.)

Please send any response that you receive from the major oil company to Florida Family Association by using the Contact button at the web site.

Allow approximately four weeks for the major oil company to take action. If the store continues to sell the pornography after emailing the information to the major oil company, you may need to send a second email to the company. If the store continues to sell pornography after a second email to the major oil company, please submit the information on the store to Florida Family Association by using the Contact button at the web site.

Florida Family Association strongly recommends that you do NOT discuss your concerns regarding the store’s alleged contractual violation with the owner or employees of the store.

Amoco Kevin Russell, BP-Amoco brand management
BP Kevin Russell, BP-Amoco brand management
Chevron   Stephen W. Green, VP Public Affairs
Citgo Jennifer A. Moos, General Manager Brand Development
Conoco  Clayton Reasor, President U.S. Marketing,
Exxon  Michael Roman, Franchise Manager
Hess H.I. Small, Vice President, Retail Operations
Marathon Thomas Kelley, Manager, Marketing
Mobil   Michael Roman, Franchise Manager
Phillips Clayton Reasor, President U.S. Marketing
Spur Ken Williams, Manager, Marketing
Sunoco Robert W. Owens, Sr. Vice President
Texaco   Stephen W. Green, VP Public Affairs

Shell Oil Company no longer enforces their marketing agreements which once prohibited independent retailers from selling pornography because they became a major supplier of gasoline to Circle K Stores. 
Click here to read Shell's former policy which is no longer being enforced.


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