LivingSocial apologizes after decorating party’s ‘greed room’ with dreidels

The company’s Halloween party theme was the seven deadly sins. An attendee was displeased to see a symbol of Judaism linked to one of them.

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LivingSocial is a website that offers customers deals on goods and services at local businesses. At least one person who paid $59 to attend a Washington, D.C., Halloween party sponsored by the company over the weekend got more than she bargained for, however. The attendee told Washington Jewish Week that the party, which was themed on the seven deadly sins, featured a “greed room” filled with dreidels and gold coins. “It just really was not appropriate at all,” the partygoer said, adding that the décor was “clearly anti-Semitic.” LivingSocial described the greed room—there was a room to represent each of the sins—as a “shimmering room full of silver and gold” where people would “get greedy challenging friends to a plethora of games.” Company spokesman Kevin Nolan offered this apology to Washington Jewish Week:

We have looked into it and determined that the inclusion of dreidels with the other games in the gaming room was not a smart choice, and we are very sorry to have upset anyone. Certainly this behavior does not reflect who we are as a company.

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