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Cranston mother fights pickle company, wins

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CRANSTON, R.I. -

Chelley Martinka loves pickles.

"It's been an obsession of mine since I was a kid," Martinka said.

Her obsession only increased when she was pregnant with her daughter, Adelaide.

She usually only eats the large dill pickles, but when she was browsing the pickle aisle last month she noticed a disturbing reality. Her brand of choice, Cains, sells "kosher dill midgets."

"I took my little offense to it and said, 'Hey, maybe I can make a difference,'" she said.

Martinka was offended. Her 10-month-old daughter has a form of dwarfism. For many little people, "midget" is an offensive term and one Martinka didn't want her daughter seeing on a pickle or any other jar.

After writing a letter to Gedney Foods, the parent company of Cains pickles, the company agreed to rename the small pickles.

While some may think she's being politically correct, Martinka said she just wants to make the world a better place for her daughter.

"I want her to know one voice can make a difference and that I wanted to make a difference for her," she said.

Martinka said she realizes most companies are not choosing to be offensive. She plans to write more letters to other companies who use the offensive word.

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