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11/20/12 8:37 A

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That's good that they are individual franchises....but it's too bad that they are still thought that they have to follow the policies of the CEO....

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11/20/12 7:30 A

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Just went into our local Denny's here in Florida Owner came up with 2 page letter from corporate they are not agreeing with the franchise owner in Orlando there will be no sur charge on meals. He said his business went down every day after The large franchise owner made that statement

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BRIDIE5 Posts: 8,121
11/19/12 5:16 P

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It's good as long as their improved business makes them hire more people...

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11/19/12 4:49 P

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The way I see it is we also vote with our dollars. Note that when Dan Cathy contributed to causes opposing marriage equality for gays and lesbians fundamentalists across the country rose to support his business. The right has been boycotting everyone who they disagree with for decades now. The American Family Association boycotted 7-Eleven, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Airlines, American Girl, Blockbuster Video, Burger King, Calvin Klein, Carl's Jr., Clorox, Comcast, Crest, Ford, Hallmark Cards, Kmart, Kraft Foods, S. C. Johnson & Son, Movie Gallery, Microsoft, MTV, Mary Kay, NutriSystem, Old Navy, IKEA, Sears, Pampers, Procter & Gamble, Target, Tide, Walt Disney Company, and PepsiCo The AFA used threats of boycotts to convince General Mills, Ralston Purina, Domino's Pizza, Mazda, and Noxema to all pull advertizing from Saturday Night Live.
I hope our boycotts have some effect. If shifting our dollars to more socially conscious companies makes them more profitable than I see this as good for the US and for humanity.

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11/19/12 10:01 A

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Well put. I don't do fast food places or chain restaurants. not boycotting the specific place, just the genre. We have a family owned Greek restaurant that offers carryout, a family owned mexican, ditto Thai, Indian and Jamacan places about two miles from here..we have to pick up, but get great food, reasonable prices, and support good food and locally owned non chain businesses. Most of the time we eat home cooking, and I'm the cook. Best wy i know to insure what my loved ones eat. I boycott anything donald Trump on principle..and always have. He's a carnival barking buffoon with weird hair, big ignorant mouth, and no class.

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11/19/12 9:06 A

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I pick and choose my "boycotts"...I will shop Macy's but will avoid the Donald Rump line because I don't like him...I like Macy's...I've never eaten at Papa Johns or Dennys so it's not hard to boycott them either...if a business shuts it doors and people are unemployed because of it, I think it's always the "wish" that other companies will absorb the workers...that isn't always the case so yes, a lot of them end up in the number of unemployed filing claims...it's really a catch 22...because you think you are hurting the companies but they can fire people and hire others that will work for less pay...the CEOs will still get their bonus', severance packages, etc...and the workers get nothing...

Hostess is a prime example...

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BRIDIE5 Posts: 8,121
11/18/12 9:42 A

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I may come from a different perspective..factories have closed in the US and whole communities have died.. It happened in my former community. One business doing well does not absorb those out of work from the one who does poorly. The reason they are doing poorly is irrelevent..perhaps they deserve to lose..but their employees do not. We need more jobs in the US, not fewer.

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11/16/12 9:20 P

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I respond with a semi-RANT:

It is time that business owners in the U.S. understand that there are consequences for VOICING their opinions and attempting to force them on others. All of us are free to think what we want; however, we have the privilege of working in the U.S. and making lots of money in this capitalist system. That privilege comes with responsibilities -- like understanding and respecting the rights of others. Those who choose not to do so should expect to pay the price -- literally, and other businesses will profit from their lack of personal and patriotic responsibility. I will therefore, continue to boycott businesses that are bad for America -- racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, environmentally irresponsible, hateful companies. Soon they will learn that corporations are in fact, NOT people -- we each have our own opinions and ONE vote a piece. No voice is greater than any other and we should proceed with respect.

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11/16/12 9:01 P

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I've boycotted businesses over the years but I've begun to wonder if the businesses even notice.

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11/16/12 8:30 P

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Carol pretty much spoke my thoughts. I am choosing where I shop and eat, and really only avoiding places that are blatant or belligerent about being right wing. There are definitely some tough choices. We have a local grocery store that sells tons of locally produced and grown foods...and financially supported our right wing wack job governor. I don't shop there because there are other outlets for these foods, like the year round farmers market. But I respect them for their "buy local" efforts.

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11/16/12 8:14 P

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The way I see it, I have a certain amount of money to spend on going out to eat. If I don't go to one restaurant because I'm boycotting it, I will go some where else to eat. The restaurant I boycott may suffer, but other restaurants will prosper because of my business. Businesses that aren't boycotted get more business, and hire more people. I don't think it affects the overall joblessness rate at all. I won't shop at Walmart, but I still buy things so my money still goes into the economy. The only way I could hurt the economy would be to stop spending money altogether. (And that's not going to happen!)

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BRIDIE5 Posts: 8,121
11/16/12 8:01 P

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All this boycott this company, and boycott that company afftects their business picture. Good, yes, in the fact that they pay for their unpopular views by losing business. I have boycotted more than a few. Howeve, upon reflectionr..doesn't our National business picture suffer too, our unemployment rates grow, our economy suffer for each business that's not doing well, for whatever reason? I am really torn here.. Joblessness rots, regardless of why. Failed businesses hurt our index, and the human beings that worked for the business. I want to see Obama succeed in putting Humpty Dumpty back together again..are we helping or hurting by all this boycott business because we don't agree with the company's views. Opinions?

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