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Do politics and retail mix?

submitted on July 29, 2012 by equipurple in "Member's Lounge"
Just wondering how the Chick-fil-A drama is playing out in Buxr-land. In general, how much does a political statement by a retailer like this make you change your buying habits?

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Dan Cathy, owner of the 1600-location fast food chain, took public issue with same-sex marriage on a radio program:
“we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. And I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude that thinks we have the audacity to redefine what marriage is all about.”

Boston mayor Tom Menino urged Chick-fil-A to back out of its plans to open locations in Boston. Mayors in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC have also expressed that the chain is not welcome in their cities.
Here's a good summary http://www.denverpost.com/busi.....age-stance
1. Do the politics/ethics of a retailer affect your buying habits?
 I stay away from retailers whose politics I disagree with.
 There might be some change in my buying habits, but other factors are important too.
 Doesn't matter at all to me.
 I stay away from retailers who make their politics known, whether I agree or not.
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  • 157065
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on July 29, 2012
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    Could you add a link or two to help those of us who are oblivious to political dramas? Smile
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    Solstice
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    Posted by Solstice on July 30, 2012
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    Not all political issues matter to me in conjunction with such things, but certain issues do influence my opinions when choosing establishements to patronize or products to buy.

    There are at least two restaurant chains that I choose not to patronize due to thier internal polocies related to and/or stated politics. There are also a few restaurants that I frequent for the same reasoning.
  • 157086
    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on July 30, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    He was being honest about what what he believes...Doesn't mean that's how everyone at every chik fil a thinks. They make a good sandwich. I'll eat there regardless of the owners views.

    I could see is he said we at chik fil a do not condone same sex marriage...then maybe people would have a reason to stop eating there.
  • 157087
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on July 30, 2012
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    Reminds me of the Cracker Barrel saga that happened. During the 1990s, the company was the subject of controversy for its official stance against gay and l****** employees and for discriminatory practices against African American and female employees.

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/.....rrel_x.htm

    I don't tolerate discrimination in any form.
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on July 30, 2012 [reply] 0 0
      Yup, and Cracker Barrel is one of the ones I was alluding to.
  • 157300
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on August 1, 2012
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    Supporters crowd area Chick-fil-A locations

    http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/s.....-locations

    Just goes to show that no matter the opinions expressed by companies, there will be supporters either way.
  • 157365
    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on August 2, 2012
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    Here is some background information on what doesn't make it into sound bites nor stay in the mainstream media. #2 and #1 were better documented in early reports of of the Boston kerfuffle than in most later reports which, as this blog notes, reduced the whole issue to "anti-gay marriage."
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/....._ref=false
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    Goofy_Girl
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    Posted by Goofy_Girl on August 5, 2012
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    This is ridiculous. I cannot believe how many people were lined up in a rally against gay marriage in the new one nearby in Schaumburg.

    At first, I just thought of it as any other fast-food restaurant.

    But now, ew, I just can't go there.

    Mad
  • 157593
    2kidsnuts
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    Posted by 2kidsnuts on August 5, 2012
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    Chick-fil-A is a privately owned company and has a right to its own opinions, just as each individual has a right to an opinion and to express those opinions. This is a very good company that does a lot for communities. I don't see why people are making such a big deal, If they do not like it than don't go!
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    • Solstice
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      Posted by Solstice on August 5, 2012
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      They absolutely have a right to have and voice their own opinions. However, freedom of speech does not include the freedom from response or rebuttal. For myself choosing to go or not to go based on their publicly voiced opinion is enough of a response, although I can see where some would like to make their opposing opinion public as a clear rebuttal.
  • 157611
    John Yaeger
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    Posted by John Yaeger on August 5, 2012
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    Wow.It looks like it would be "ok" or us to say something but the norms have specifications if you are a public item or a personality.

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