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  •  Why don't you just say that you are ready to (2+ / 0-)
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    WXRock, BlackSheep1

    boycott 99.99999999999999999999999999% of American businesses.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 11:20:16 AM PST

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    •  Nope! (1+ / 0-)
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      James Kresnik

      I don't have figures, but just looking out my office window, I see maybe a dozen businesses and not ONE large business.

      There are several restaurants withing walking distance.  Not one chain.  Sure there's lots of big boxes and chains close by, but also many, many more small businesses, local businesses, and individually owned franchises.

      I can get most of my hardware needs taken care of at the locally owned True Value that I've been shopping at for over 20 years.  I don't have to go to Menard's and Home Depot until they sign.

      I can shop at the Lakewinds Coop, Hell, I'm an owner there!  I can walk over to the Mandarin Yang where my kids have worked and David makes the best sweet and sour soup I've ever had. I don't need Applebees and Perkins.  Until they sign.

      If you have chosen to avoid local and small businesses, you are stuck with dealing with the Evil Overlords.  Not me!

      •  Sorry! (2+ / 0-)
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        HarryParatestis, JBraden

        Rereading this, it's more confrontational than I meant it to be.  i DO shop at big boxes and eat at chains.  I WILL avoid the ones that have shown the most disrespect for their employees and give my custom to the good ones like CostCo.

        And I would participate in a general boycott if we could make this an issue.  How many people would it take to get the recalcitrant businesses into the news often?

        I've been guilty of driving by a local business to get to the mega-chain.  I'm making a pledge to myself to default to local where ever it is possible.  

      •  small, locally owned businesses (0+ / 0-)

        So why do you think these employers are paragons of fairness? The small business lobby has been more virulent in its wingnut politics and cries of over-regulation and socislism than big business. If you know the owner and he or she is fair, fine, but in most of faceless suburban America for all I know the local business owner is firing people for sgtaying home with a sick family member or cheating on wages or claiming to offer a 401(K) and then forgetting to make the contributions. And they don't have to report any of this to the stockholders or anyone else with a pulse.

        I eat in Asian restaurants a lot and I wonder how many of the workers are getting paid subminimum wages and are forced to work almost every day without a break. This is beginning to get on my conscience as more of these mega pan-asian AYCE places spread and offer fabulous buffets at low prices. Thoughts, anyone?

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