Chick-fil-A Flap not the First Time a Company has run 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 against 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.”

(UPDATE) John and Cristina Crays, the owner/operators of the downtown Decatur Chick-fil-A, urging people not to punish them for Cathy's "personal views." The Crays, who have donated food for many community events and fundraisers, wrote "We are not a corporation - we are real people and taxpayers as each Chick-fil-A franchise is independently owned and operated."

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.

Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 03, 2012 at 10:35 PM
As for lgbt rights, I lean toward the opinion that rarely gets any media attention: The mainstream gay lobby has focused too many resources on marriage and assimilation, while issues of discrimination still affect those who are not Caucasian, male, middle-class, or cisgender. There's a young, gay person in your town, who has a parent like Jimmie inducing mental anguish, physical pain, or homelessness. I'd say that's more important than sammitches. {Back to your regularly scheduled porridge...}
Tara August 04, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I'm curious Ann are you divorced or on your 2nd husband? One thing you and JIMMY might be overlooking is Mr. Cathy only values and 1and only 1 husband or wife!
Tara August 04, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I got a news flash Jimmy there's no Lesbian period who would want to kiss you!
Blah, Blah, Blah August 04, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Jimmie do you kiss your mama with that mouth? Surely she raised you better than that while your dad...wait you don't know who your dad is! Eureka! That's why you're angry.
Dbc August 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
@wmac...I don't believe even a trailer park would take him!
George Wilson August 04, 2012 at 04:43 PM
In the debate raging over Chick-fil-A's position on gay rights, some defenders of the Georgia-based fast-food chain have claimed that despite Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy's statements against same-sex marriage and the company's generous funding of anti-gay groups, the outspokenly Christian corporation doesn't discriminate against workers. But in fact, the company has been sued at least a dozen times for employment discrimination, according to Forbes magazine. One of the cases involved Aziz Latif, a former Chick-fil-A restaurant manager in Houston, who sued the company in 2002 because he was fired a day after refusing to participate in a group prayer to Jesus Christ at a company training program. Latif is a Muslim. The suit was settled, but the terms were not disclosed, Forbes reported. More recently, a former employee of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Georgia sued the company for wrongful termination, alleging she and other women employees were victims of gender discrimination.
Pastor BillyBob JoMama August 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Repent!, sinner. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's beef.
Dbc August 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Eat less chikin!
jimmie August 05, 2012 at 06:58 PM
CFA.in only 6 days per week is the highest grossing and best ebitda per unit of ANY fast food franchise...I think people adore chick fila !!!! I think people love the owners. I think people love the employee spirit. I think young kids love the scholarships. I think God smiles on his childrens efforts to stand behind biblical principles. I think those that can't see that are blinded by Satans fear of Gods almighty wrath. We know who wins in the end..again! Cheers! Be getting another 20 CFA buscuits for the office breakfat tomorrow!
Mark baker August 05, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Fourth ward, are you a Christian? If you are could you please tell me what Romans 1:21-28 means. Also show in scripture what Jesus would do. You don't know MY Lord very well if you don't know his word. Jesus loves everybody but he does not approve of Anybody's sinful lifestyle, be they homosexuals, adulterers, theives, liars, murderers and so on. It's baffling how when we, (Christians) are silent we're called hypocrites, yet when we speak up we're called intolerant and hateful. I don't believe any of the detractors hating on Truett Cathy and Chic-fil-a even know the Lord. They've fashioned a God after their own image. A God that will let them do what they want to do no matter how sordid and evil and still go to heaven. I would venture to say, you are not a believer in the God of the Bible. If you are you need to repent and serve the Lord the way he's laid out in scripture. Stop worshipping the idol you created in your mind. What about countries like Saudi Arabia who kill homosexuals? They are the biggest suppliers of our oil that makes our gasoline, why don't you hate on them and quit buying gasoline. Once again I saybto all of the people hating on the Cathys because they actually practice what they preach, you need to repent now.
Fourth ward August 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Mark , I am a Christian please show me where Jesus said any about gays? I'll wait. To me the most important part of being a christian is John 13:34-35. The rest is all bullshit if we all followed that the world would truly be a better place but you cant control people with that. I quote the film Annie Hall : "But the worst are the fundamentalist preachers. Third grade con men telling the poor suckers that watch them that they speak with Jesus, and to please send in money. Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up. "
jimmie August 06, 2012 at 01:33 AM
My, my read the gay bulliness. So you know, I am a fit miliionaire several times over who owe all my success to my lord and savior Jesus Christ. I don't agree with preachers preaching wanting money but I do agree with those who preach that the wages of sin is eternal damnation. For those who believe that God and Jesus (who are one in the holy trinity) do not punish sin, I encourage you to read the Bible and note the impact of the worlds sin in Noahs day, in Lot's day, in Samson's day and, wow, even in the time of Christs birth where the wicked destroyed every male they could find in an attempt to destroy Christs known impact yet to come. Christ has never been accepted among the wicked yet continues to rise up and smite them. You can use your verbal salvos on judgement day. Until then, have fun bullying and showing the world what demonic hissing sounds like. Cheers. God Bless America and God Bless Chick-fil-A!!! See you tomorrow MOunt Vernon CFA!!
Jimmie is a fool August 06, 2012 at 01:47 AM
see previous post...
Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 06, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Mt. Vernon CFA? ಠ_ಠ You mean Chick-fil-A at Perimeter Pointe? Ugh. Thanks, Jimmie. I think I can finally resist temptation now. Besides, I'm starting a diet so I'll look good in my speedo for Black Gay Pride.
jimmie August 06, 2012 at 02:54 AM
And in hell they lifted up their eyes..dont let it be you...
jimmie August 06, 2012 at 02:55 AM
what is it they say..Pride goeth before a GREAT fall....look out below timothy
jimmie August 06, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Timmie and the other jimmie..I think what the population showed the perverse groups and the bullys and the haters dominated by the gays is that your dislike can't even touch the exterior wall of the base of support for CFA. You managed maybe 500 people worldwide to come out and waive your little lying propaganda signs and their profits doubled last week...and I hope it all goes to the protection of the family as almighty god intended it. And Timmie, you can come out to the PP CFA anytime tomorrow morning between 8-8:15 and waive at the big white Lexus with Auburn plates as I go by and buy 20 more love giving breakfast biscuits!!
Avon Dale August 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
@jimmie - Speaking of "the fall", you seem pretty "proud" about CFA's great future; read the article below before you celebrate. Remember Susan G. Komen Foundation? How do you suppose they are doing now? Sure, CFA had a great turnout on appreciation day but since conservatives tend to spend money less frequently, this trend won't last because most of the "liberal" spenders are mostly tolerant of alternative sexual orientations and will remember this insult for years to come. ;-) So it goes with most of these things until the greed parading itself as "christian values" is exposed for what it is. Have fun grasping to hold on to your millions of worthless federal reserve notes when you are passing through the eye of the needle. hehe http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/6-brands-playing-footsie-conservatives-and-paying-price
Dbc August 06, 2012 at 04:57 AM
oh now Jimmie has reinvented himself as a bully fit millionaire...too funny!
Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 06, 2012 at 05:05 AM
@Roger I'm sure they'd welcome you... if they had a parade. The Atlanta event is akin to a hotel convention. But there's plenty of nightlife around town. Bring your Harley for late night tailgating!
Dbc August 06, 2012 at 05:09 AM
No one takes Jimmie seriously so now he has reinvented himself as a millionaire standing in line for genetically modified chikin. You go, Jims! You give southerners a bad name, for sure!
Dbc August 06, 2012 at 05:13 AM
and yes, Jimmie, go ahead and call me a bully again (like you do to everyone you disagree with). Your bullying Does Not Bother Me At All! Idiots are idiots! Go ahead and prove that again!
Dbc August 06, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Current metal count US...28 Gold, 14 Silver, 18 Bronze..! More important things are going on!
jimmie August 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
John 3:16..For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life. God doesn't discriminate, seek him while you still have opportunity. 20 biscuits this morning..already consumed by the office. Go CFA!! Incredible peach shakes for all on Thursday. Profits to family friendly organizations!!
jMichael August 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I humbly launched this Christo-fil-Amen fest on 8/24. I did so with the incontrovertible, and quite innocent, observation that Lizards tend to hiss, slither, and snap. I suggested that to slip one's hand under a suspect rock, one beneath which such lizards might lurk, would surely be foolish. This observation is indisputable. It is entirely consistent with everything that Fair Observation tells us about Lizards. Indeed, Scripture states quite clearly that "to bed with Lizards is to condemn one's soul to the agonies of stinky brimstone and unlubed pitchfork". (ref: Jobabbaloo: Chapter IV, verse 27). If you don't believe me you can look it up. Yet some ChristoGroupies found within the original observation an unflattering reflection upon themselves, took umbrage with the Plain Truth of it. I don't understand. I just don't understand why, unless the original observation prompted an epiphany of soul-searching by which their hissings, slitherings, and snappings were cast in vivid relief. I sincerely regret this misunderstanding. I meant only to caution a decent respect for reptiles. Surely, no one of fair mind would find fault with this gentle admonition to prudence lest the Fate of Euridice be visited upon the innocent. Prudence, you know, is one of the Four Cardinal Virtues. Whatever the case, I will pray for you. You, too, can be saved if only you will shun the fake, the pretender, the preposterous, the preacherman, and open your heart to The Risen Word.
Anna Varela August 06, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Folks, There has been a lot of great debate on this issue. But let's all remember to keep things civil. People have a wide range of opinions on the same-sex marriage issue and Chick-fil-A, but there's no reason for people to attack each other on a personal level. Anna Varela Regional Editor
jMichael August 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I whole-heartedly agree, Anna. Thank you for urging civility. Without it there can be no debate; only, vitriol. I, for one, have always lived by that creed. I pray that others do, as well.
Dbc August 07, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Thanks, Anna...Two of my previous posts have wondered why Patch has not rung in on this feed (after 370+ comments)...I guess every Patch is run differently.
Dbc August 07, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Reference my post re: Patch on 7/ 29 + 31. Where have you been?
Anna Varela August 07, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Folks, It appears that this debate has run its course, so I'm shutting down this comment thread. I'd like to thank the majority of folks who offered up thoughtful comments even when they found themselves disagreeing with other readers.


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