Friends and Members of the Salt Lake Cycling Community,
Many of you have recently seen the above image posted by Cameron Hooyer, a designer who interned with us about two years ago. When Cameron worked with us, we were just getting off the ground and Cameron was finishing his degree at the U. Money was tight at the time (and still is), but Cameron was part of our community, and showed a lot of talent and passion for the cycling culture in Salt Lake that inspired us to open Crank SLC in the first place. We could barely afford to pay ourselves, but we wanted to help out a member of our close-knit community while he was working his way through school. We brought him on as an intern to help us with our logos and a few other projects.
“We could barely afford to pay ourselves, but we wanted to help out a member of our close-knit community while he was working his way through school.”
Given that background, you can imagine how disorienting and, frankly, hurtful it has been to see Cameron wage a mean-spirited and misleading campaign against Crank SLC over the last several weeks over our use of the logo above, which he designed for us during his internship, as well as our decision to make some minor alterations to it.
As part of this campaign, Cameron Hooyer and his friends have repeatedly called and visited our shop, left vulgar comments on our social media profiles and have attempted to tarnish our reputation with poor reviews from people who have never even been our customers. Much of this harassment was even delivered during our 2-year anniversary party.
We asked Cameron Hooyer to please stop defaming our business and take down his mean posts and the bad reviews. He said he would if we would pay him $350. We refused, and simply painted over the logo, hoping we could get some relief from the attacks. Instead, Cameron issued a statement claiming we had come to some kind of “agreement” with him and he had won. There was no such agreement.
We did not get into the bicycle business to start controversy, fights, or even really to make lots of money. Just ask any of the owners of the other fabulous bicycle shops in the Salt Lake area, and they will tell you it’s a really hard way to make a very small amount of money. We got into this business because we love to help people improve their lives, community, and the environment through the joy of cycling. We ask you to stand with us against cyberbullies and internet trolls, and to help us get back to what we love to do: growing and servicing the Salt Lake cycling community. Thank you for your kind support during this ordeal.
“We ask you to stand with us against cyberbullies and internet trolls, so that we can get back to what we love to do: growing and servicing the Salt Lake cycling community.”
Stop by the shop this week to pick up free “Crank SLC” and “Say no to internet trolls” stickers.