Mayor of Garrett, IN, “opposes discrimination” after throwing Sikh pamphlets in the trash

"Photo of Mayor Tonya Hoeffel courtesy KPC News." (source:

“Photo of Mayor Tonya Hoeffel courtesy KPC News.” (source:

Tonya Hoeffel, the Mayor of Garrett, a small town in Indiana, apologized on Monday for tossing into the trash pamphlets about the Sikh religion that were placed in a convenience store owned by Kulwinder Nagra:

The manager and part-owner of Quickway in Garrett, Kulwinder Nagra, 38, said he put pamphlets about his Sikh religion on the counter of the store after the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin .

“I just wanted to let people know who I am,” Nagra told KPC News. “After 9/11, there was a lot of misunderstanding. ”

Surveillance footage shows Hoeffel entering the store at about 12:55 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. She bought a soft drink and walked away. She then returned to the counter, grabbed the small stack of pamphlets, took them outside and threw them into a trash bin.

Nagra said he went outside to ask the mayor why she took all four of the pamphlets that had been placed on the counter in front of the register.

“She said, ‘It’s against my beliefs,’” Nagra said. “She said, ‘This is against Christianity.’”

After receiving an apology personally from the Mayor, Kulwinder Nagra considers the matter closed. During her apology, the Mayor reportedly stated that she “rejects discrimination for any reason“.

One comment

  1. observer

    I’ve seen many Christians like this. This is partly the reason why so many Americans are ignorant about the Sikhs and confuse them as being Muslims. I think after the recent Gurdwara shooting there should be a comparative religions study course done in school so Americans should alteast know that their are other religions out there and not everyone who does not look like you is evil.


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