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Chick-fil-A Flap Not the First Time a Company Runs Afoul of Customers

Have you ever boycotted a business because you disagreed with its politics?

Chick-fil-A is known for a lot of things – the chicken nuggets and waffle fries, the friendly and efficient staff, the cow statues hanging off billboards and urging people to ‘eat mor chikin.’

The opening of a new store can draw crowds of people for the chance to win a free year of food. The restaurants are popular places for school fundraisers. And many people look forward to the promotional days that offer free food to those like the cow mascots.

But in recent days, the Georgia-based fast food chain has been catching flak for president Dan Cathy’s statements again same sex marriage.

In East Atlanta, the owners of _ Chef Calavino Donati and her wife, musician and activist Doria Roberts _ shot back with a chicken and biscuit themed special event called "Urban Cannibals Bite Back." they were looking for a way to combat "outrageous and hateful things being said by fairly powerful people" including Cathy.

Patch blogger raised his concerns in a post on the Decatur-Avondale Estates site and said he wouldn't spend money at the chain any more. Tewell wrote that he’d with the company, which told him “We are not anti-anybody.”

Of course, Chick-fil-A is not the first company to take a stand that upset some of its customers.

In 2010, Target Corp. drew criticism from progressives for donating to the campaign of Republican Tom Emmer for governor in Minnesota. Some observers called Emmer the biggest opponent of gay rights in the GOP field that year.

Some Republicans boycotted Heinz ketchup during John Kerry's 2004 run for president. (His wife, Teresa Heinz, inherited the condiment company's fortune. Boycott supporters argued that buying Heinz products would help fund Kerry's campaign.)

So, have you ever boycotted a business because you disagreed with their political or social positions? Do you think such boycotts work to sway corporations? Tell us what you think in the comments area below.

Shelly July 29, 2012 at 01:53 PM
First of all, I think it is a huge stretch to say that Cathy has said "outrageous and hateful things". Is it hateful and outrageous to say that he believes in the traditional marriage between a man and a woman??? It is his BELIEF, period. He does have a right to his beliefs, thank God we live in America and have that right - don't we?? Stop persecuting what others beliefs are if they are not the same as yours. If you do not agree with them, then do not go to their business - and get over it. If Cathy was out in the streets with a sign saying he hated all people that were gay or refused to hire anyone based on the fact that they were gay, then that would be newsworthy - but he has never said or done that. Otherwise, Cathy is being persecuted for his belief just because it is different than the people that believe in same-sex marriage. It is no different. He has a right, just as they do. I personally am so tired of hearing about this when we have way too many other truly important issues to be concerned about regarding the state of our Country and the state of ALL of our welfare.
CM July 29, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I love the Chickfila advertisment right above this article... it's too bad it's sunday or I would be taking my family there for lunch! Oh, if you think someone's spoken BELIEF here in America is so damning why don't you move to a country ruled under Sharia law. You'll just die wishing you were here back in the States.
MD July 29, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I don't think people are boycotting for what was said more than people not wanting to give their money to a company that will then take that money and donate to anti-gay organizations. I respect CFA's position.

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