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Just treat businesses like businesses

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Yes, I’m going to post about why I unliked Chick-Fil-A on Facebook.

No, I’m not boycotting them: they are not part of the fast food world of Israel. My kids’ USA gradparents all dislike the chain as well, so they never went anyway, and thus not taking my kids, but if I was in the USA, I would not set foot inside a Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

You might think it’s silly, and I should just treat a business like a business. But you see, it’s all I do. There are a gazillion fast food restaurants, and I will spend my money at one that does not use the money they get from me for overpriced and salty sandwiches to sponsor activities that desicriminate against me.

A business is a business, and as pro-life advocates say, boycotting companies really works when it comes to them funding activities like contraceptives, emergency contraception, screening for breast, cervical and testicular cancers and sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy; pregnancy options counseling;  treatment for STD’s,  comprehensive sexuality education, menopause treatments, so yes, Planned Parenthood. So yes, we know, boycotting works. It also works when I decide to spend my money for products of companies that support things I support. If I ever went to the States again, instead of Chick-Fil-A I’d spend my money at the local-to-my-in-laws chicken joint, that supports the local LGBT youth center.

I will use PayPal and e-Bay, and Adobe products and AOL (OK, not AOL, because they pretty much s*ck), oh and yes, I’ll buy Microsoft products, to make Bill and Melinda richer if it means they spend more on their Foundation. Companies that are pro-Israel or are supporting gay equality, reproductive health, HIV education will get my business over their equal quality, similar price range competitors.

Why? Because by being a conscious customer, I can support my causes via my purchases as well.

To be completely honest, I’m staying mostly local in my efforst with the exception of the above named companies, and I tend to favour local businesses in some areas of my life, like the local hamburger place over the international chains. That said, with the franchises being bought by locals, sometimes a McDonald’s is a local business as well.

Also… A company that sinks this low doesn’t deserve my dollars:

2 Responses to “Just treat businesses like businesses”

  1. Christina says:

    I don’t understand the photo… It looks like someone with a new profile and a fake picture posted in defense of CFA, but she used terrible grammar and didn’t really make any scathing points. Are you sure it was a CFA PR guy?

    • Hevel says:

      It’s a Getty Images stock photo, trying to sound like a Christian teenager (and failing at that) and lying to protect Chick-Fil-A. If it wasn’t a publicity guy, then it was some equally rabid fan.

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