I am not a fan of the thinking of the owner of Chick-fil-A, although I have long been an admirer of the business culture of the company. From what we can see and hear, Chick-fil-A values itself on being a vital part of the community. This is a requirement of franchise owners, if I am not mistaken. Further, they, unlike the rest of us, live up to the idea of the Sabbath Rest. If nothing else, they refuse to be taken in by the 24-hour must have American consumer culture.
I know that many are calling for the boycott of the restaurant and with good reason. After all, in a capitalist society, we do vote with our pocket books. But, who are we hurting? The owner of the fast food chain is wealthy and will not be hurt by a boycott. I seriously doubt that the boycott will be effective outside of the West Coast and New England, if then. But, let’s say that it is effective in New England or San Francisco. Would that hurt the owner of the chain? Hardly. Here’s why:
First, most of the stores are franchised. That means that the owner of the company doesn’t really own the store. He just makes money off the name and food served there with no real investment. If the owner of the local store is forced to shut down, it will not hurt Dan Cathy or the Cathy family. It will hurt Mr. Sanchez, the owner of the actual store. Not only that, but the employees will be hurt as well. If the store suffers an economic downturn, the first people to feel the affect will be the minimum wage employees who barely make it anyway. If you have ever worked in fast food before, you know that hourly checks on profit v expenditures are made so that the manager can decide to send people home. Who do you think it hurts if 20 people a day no longer show up at the restaurant? The first to be hurt, long before the owner of the franchise, will be Ms. O’Reilly who needs the money to feed her children.
I’m not sure what to do about Chick-fil-A, but a boycott over a man’s thoughts will not get the movement anywhere. It will not change his thoughts, nor will it hurt his pocket-book. It will only hurt the lowest rungs on the corporate latter.
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