After a single Quebec father of three was fired from his job at Zellers for taking discarded chocolate bars from a garbage bin at a St-Hyacinthe story, the media understandably swarmed on the heartbreaking story.
Guy Masse, 47, had, after all, just gotten off of welfare and had hoped to give the chocolate to his children -- aged 6, 9, and 15 -- for Christmas.
Enter former Harris press secretary Hillary Stauth, who is now a flack for Zellers' parent company, HBC.
"We have more than 70,000 (workers) across Canada. They work so hard especially at this time of year," Stauth told the Canadian Press.
"It's very upsetting that one bad employee tarnished the reputation of everybody else," she concluded.
The surprisingly heartless response recalled when the Harris government's company line was that people on welfare should look for bargains like dented cans of tuna instead of handouts.