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Do you boycott certain businesses?

 
 
jcboy
 
Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 07:26 am
In my community we boycott the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A because of their chief operating officer opposes marriage equality. The company actually donates money to anti gay causes.

They have a right to their opinion just as I have a right to boycott them for their bigoted, homophobic views.

The gay community boycotted Target for many years; until they changed their stance on gay issues.

http://www.advocate.com/business/2012/07/17/chick-fil-coo-dan-cathy-officially-comes-out-antigay

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Dan Cathy, the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said there is no denying that his company opposes marriage equality.
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 07:33 am
@jcboy,
No, not for their personal stances on something, which I believe is their right (as you said). But I do boycott places which have crappy service and/or products. And I avoid buying anything made in China where possible. Talk about crap. And I try to avoid any company which has outsourced their help/support.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 07:45 am
@jcboy,
No. Some years ago, a list of anti-freedom of self defense
companies were listed by the NRA, with whom I 've been active,
such that the members were free to avoid contributing
their money into anti-freedom efforts, if so thay chose.

I never really got much into boycotting.
I 'm not boycotting anything.





David
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farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 07:47 am
@jcboy,
Ill NOT eat any chick-fil-A's if you boycott all Tractor Supply STores (TSC). The quality of their metal parts for big farm machinery is ttal crap.
I bought a blade for a Bush Hog style finishing mower and it shattered into a gazillion pieces, one of which impaled itself into our new barn door. I am so pissed at this company (This is about the third piece of **** that they tuck me with).
I bught a big barn fan and it destroyed itself after less than a year of norml use.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 07:49 am
@farmerman,
Did u demand satisfaction ?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:07 am
@jcboy,
Given a choice between say donating stuff to Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, I will donate to Goodwill Industries because of Salvation Army's conservative view towards gays and lesbians. I also used to give my change whenever possible to the bell ringers of the Salvation Army doing the Christmas time. I no longer do so.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:23 am
As a member of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, I boycott all things Israeli.
JPB
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:25 am
I try not to shop at Walmart, Walgreen's, Target or other national big box stores. I'll pay a premium to support mom and pop and I'll pick a family-run restaurant over any chain. That said, I don't actually boycott them in a "I refuse to shop here because... and this is how you'll get my business..." way except Yoplait yogurt. They sold millions of $$$$ worth of pink-labeled yogurt in the guise of supporting BC research which turned out to be a farce under SGK.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:26 am
@izzythepush,
Oh, and I don't shop at Boots, because they avoid paying tax.
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Keith424
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:53 am
@tsarstepan,
Yes Tha Salvation army is another organization I wouldn't donate to.

And now Dan Cathy is finally admitting it, a couple years ago he was shocked anyone would call him anti gay.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 08:58 am
@Mame,
I'm sort of like that too - for crappy service I will not go back. For the other stuff - personal things I don't believe in - I don't unless it is really obvious - like walking by a restaurant and it says we don't service blonds.

Although I'd like to boycott places that outsource - almost everywhere does and often times you do not realize it. I still have my money in funds where I used to work even though they were outsourcing me to the southwest and have outsourced many jobs to India.

Who doesn't outsource their customer service to Peggy in India?
Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 09:02 am
@Linkat,
Oh just today, I got frustrated with changing my address for something. I got a response (even though they had a spot on line to do so) saying I had to provide in writing with signiture for my address change. They also provided the customer service number to call - which I did.

Anyone after going through and pressing my selections and still getting no where on the phone, I responded to customer service online - one of my responses was - it would be nice to speak to a person even if they were in India.

Can't wait to hear their response.
Mame
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 09:06 am
@Linkat,
I just switched my telephone service because my former one outsourced to a country where they don't speak English and I couldn't get any help. I sent them an email telling them why I switched. Don't care if I hear from them, just wanted to register my protest. If you're going to have customer support, make sure they can speak the language!
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 09:40 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Given a choice between say donating stuff to Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries, I will donate to Goodwill Industries because of Salvation Army's conservative view towards gays and lesbians.




I also used to give my change whenever possible to the bell ringers of the Salvation Army doing the Christmas time. I no longer do so.
I don 't either, since thay became politically correct.





David
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 09:46 am
@Mame,
I did get a response to my actual question - but not to the out of the country remark -
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jcboy
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 11:15 am
@JPB,
Walmart is one store I will never shop in again!

I also support mom and pop stores, and prefer the privately owned restaurants to chains. In this town we don’t have a lot of chain restaurants, with the exception of fast food places.

Most of the high end restaurants downtown are all privately owned.
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nqyringmind
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 11:16 am
@jcboy,
I will boycott an establishment in a minute - both on a personal level and a social level, if I do not feel appreciated for my patronage.
There are some retailers who will watch me and even follow me around the store, and I'm no teenager. I closed my account with Wells Fargo and will not do business with them again.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 11:32 am
Now what do you do when you get really bad service via phone and then go to the actual business and get great service when you finally deal with a person face to face.

That has happened to me recently - today and about a couple of weeks ago. One was retail; one was a bank.
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contrex
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 11:55 am
I boycott all goods from Israel and all Israeli companies.

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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 18 Jul, 2012 01:17 pm
@jcboy,
jcboy wrote:

In my community we boycott the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A because of their chief operating officer opposes marriage equality. The company actually donates money to anti gay causes.

They have a right to their opinion just as I have a right to boycott them for their bigoted, homophobic views.

The gay community boycotted Target for many years; until they changed their stance on gay issues.

http://www.advocate.com/business/2012/07/17/chick-fil-coo-dan-cathy-officially-comes-out-antigay

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Dan Cathy, the chief operating officer of Chick-fil-A, said there is no denying that his company opposes marriage equality.



Yeah, they're Christianists. They don't open on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. They were sued by a Muslim employee for having fired him for not participating in an employee prayer.
 

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