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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 which has stores in Woodstock and Towne Lake 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.)

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 in the comments!

Norman July 30, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Why are you trying to draw this stuff out? This is last weeks news. Chik Fil A has NEVER hidden it's Christian belief. Ever. People are acting all surprised. They must have had their collective heads in the sand. How silly. Move on.
David Fige July 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Boycott Chick-fil-a.. NOT.... All this has done is drew Christians together a made us eat Chicken Sandwiches all week... Aug, 1 is suppose to be a Boycott, so what happens? The Restaurants are told to ADD staff , and have plenty of supply's on hand to handle the "Boycott" . Meaning Record Sales day.... Every Business will want to get boycotted if this is how they turn out...
Guy Bailey July 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM
There's a difference between supporting a christian organization and supporting bigotry. I have friends who I disagree with vehemently on certain issues but we're still friends. YOu cannot agree with somebody 100% of the time in any case. I will still eat at and visit CFA because their food is excellent but do I agree with their views on this and other topics such as divorce? No. But I don't believe in rewarding them for discrimination either.
Math4all-Woodstock July 31, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I boycott any business or individual who advertises on the 'only' billboard located on Eagle Drive. I didn't go to a certain grocery store for over 6 months. Many people have probably acclimated to that flipping monstrosity, but I will not.


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