Hannaford Supermarkets Issue Lifetime Ban to Disabled Woman

By: Ronda Snyder – April 12, 2021

In her December 11, 2020 Executive Order, Governor Janet Mills instituted the strictest Executive Order in the nation by removing medical exemptions from the mask mandate. A review of mask mandates and orders issued by all other Governors in the nation, including New York and California, allow an exemption for certain medical conditions. As a result, many Maine citizens with disabilities, health issues or children with disabilities are unable to participate in society under Mills’ Executive Order. These people are not able to fully participate in society and corporations such as Hannaford Supermarkets, Walmart stores and others are adding insult to injury of disabled citizens in Maine.

Recently, Hannaford Supermarkets, owned by Ahold Delhaize based in the Netherlands, issued a lifetime ban against a disabled woman named Jennifer Crowley from all Hannaford Supermarkets. Crowley’s egregious “crime” against Hannaford Supermarkets? Being disabled and visiting the Hampden store on December 21, 2020 without a mask. According to Crowley, she was descended upon by 3 employees and asked to leave the store which she did. Since then Crowley has been shopping at different stores and has not set foot in the Hampden Hannaford Supermarket. Crowley’s second “crime” against Hannaford Supermarkets was receiving a telephone call from her daughter and pulling into the Hampden Hannaford parking lot to safely conduct the phone conversation.

Crowley reports that while having a private conversation, a young woman got out of her car and told Crowley not to photograph her. Crowley explained that she was having a private conversation with her daughter and not taking photographs of her. Shortly thereafter, the police showed up and told Crowley (incorrectly) that she had to leave because she had a No Trespass Order previously filed against her. Crowley indicated to the police that no such order was ever issued. After several minutes, Hampden Police officer, Monic Christian, came back to Crowley’s car and issued this one year Criminal Trespass Notice for Hannaford Supermarket located at 77 Western Avenue, Hampden, Maine.

On April 9, 2021, Officer Monic Christian appeared at the door of Crowley’s residence to further serve her with an additional lifetime No Trespassing Order for ALL Hannaford Supermarkets. All of this treatment, as though she is a criminal, is because Crowley, a disabled woman, entered the Hannaford in Hampden one time without a mask and left when asked to do so in December 2021 followed by the second “crime” of pulling into the Hannaford Parking lot to conduct a personal telephone call.

We reached out to Hampden Hannaford Supermarket manager, Bill Groski, who told us stores are not able to discuss these matters and a call would need to be placed to the media relations department of Hannaford Supermarket. While stores may not be able to discuss these matters, it doesn’t seem stop them from calling the police to issue these orders on citizens who, by all accounts, have done nothing wrong. A call and message left for Hannaford’s media relations department was returned by Eric Bloom. He had no comment on this matter.

On March 4, 2021, we wrote about the State of Maine causing harm to the disabled citizens of Maine by not allowing a medical exemption to the mask mandate. You can read about it HERE. Do you think corporations such as Hannaford taking actions as set forth above against disabled citizens compounds the suffering of those who have been marginalized by Governor Mills’ Executive Order?

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28 thoughts on “Hannaford Supermarkets Issue Lifetime Ban to Disabled Woman”

  1. Rebecca Rochelle

    Wow! That’s bad. The original order isn’t even legal cause she was never served and she left when asked. I wanna know how they even knew she was in the parking lot

    1. I totally agree with you!
      Sounds like Hannaford grocery stores should be boycotted! If I still lived in Maine I know I wouldn’t step foot in one!

  2. Main journal news is a fake media site. Rhonda Snyder only tells her side of the story and will threaten to call the cops on you if you disagree with her on her Facebook page

      1. Main journal news is a fake media site. As soon as you disagree with her she will go online and make ridiculous accusations about you. She also has a bad habit of accusing people of doing things with no proof she is the most unprofessional person I have come across. She likes to edit videos and such to make it look like it is the whole truth but trust me it isn’t

      2. Main journal news is a fake media site. Rhonda likes to call her self a reporter and correct all of my grammar mistakes. However beware if you comment on any of her so-called articles she will come out you or delete things or hide comments and play games it’s the most unprofessional thing

  3. Norbert of Henkel

    This is a very good reason for all of us to stay away from Hannaford Nobody should support companies like this.

  4. This is disgraceful since when is it ok to discriminate against a person based on a disability Mills should emergency powers need to be removed along with her

  5. I think lawyers will have a field day with this one. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits disability discrimination in various settings including housing, employment, education, and public accommodations; it prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, watching a movie in a theater, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the local gym, or having the car serviced at a garage.

  6. I hope she sues… It’s been almost a year since I have been able to set foot in any store! I literally have had to put a battery charger on my vehicle because i don’t leave the house & drive it enough anymore, so the electronics slowly drain the battery. It has become depressing & intolerable. Not enough people will stand up to this illegally forced “mandate”. I suppose I at-least lucky enough to have a relative to pick up the essentials once a week, I feel really bad for those that don’t.

  7. Richard B Nichols

    I had serious thoughts of moving to Maine but since Mills took over why move from NY when she is making it more and more like NY that our evil govnor Cuomo has made it here.

  8. She is an anti-mask protester and serial harasser of said Hannaford employees. As in taking unlawful pictures of them for social media harassment. Seen in a video of an anti-mask party. But then again this “blog” I’m sure is full of patriotism and TRUTH and wouldn’t possible be trying to eschew the facts and play victim. This is “blog” is nothing but anti-government fake news, by angry Q-anon whackjobs. Cry about fake news unless it’s their own.

  9. You will never hear the “real story” here. These so-called articles are based on one persons biased opinion. It looks like she has a lot to do with her time by standing outside of Walmart crying because she can’t buy groceries and associating herself with people who were at the capital riot

  10. Many people have lost all reason, while others revel in their presumed tidbit of power and control. Fear can do that. These poor deluded folks are drowning in it — and could care less about others.

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