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  •  Let me just throw out a silly idea here.... (0+ / 0-)

    I want to protest how these restaurant workers are treated, but boycotts would hurt employees there more than help, at least over the short run.  So, is it possible or worthwhile to show disdain for management and support of workers at these places by the following?

    Go to, say, Olive Garden.  Pick a "loss leader" -  let's say their soup and/or salad option, of which both are "endless," or are supposed to be.  Order nothing else, and make sure your server gets at least a 30% tip or $5, whichever would be larger.

    I'm flexible about this, even being told it's a bad idea, as long as you provide some cogent reasons.

    Opinions?

    As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

    by Palamedes on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 11:25:20 AM PST

    •  nothing wrong with a boycott (0+ / 0-)

      Presumably you'll be spending your money at places that treat their employees decently, allowing them to expand, hire more well-treated employees, etc.  I assume you don't have a limitless supply of money, so you can support either businesses that treat their employees well or those that don't.  It's not a hard choice, really.

      I don't know what's been trickling down, but it hasn't been pleasant---N. Pelosi

      by Russycle on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 10:05:20 AM PST

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      •  And what about the employees there? (0+ / 0-)

        A boycott gives the owner reason to fire and/or degrade further existing rights of employees already on premises - note that in reaction to the present downturn, they're taking away a portion of the total salary earned by bartenders at Olive Garden.

        As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.

        by Palamedes on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:44:21 PM PST

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