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.

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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