Originally Posted by gamerunknown
The greater proportion of the profit from the transactions you engage in there will go to the CEOs of the company, which'll then be funnelled into organisations like Focus on the Family. Should the majority of people choose not to visit such an institution, then the money spent in other institutions will stimulate them enough for them to open another franchise to employ the former employees of Chick-Fil-A, or, when their profitability declines as a result, Chick-Fil-A will decide to reverse their executive decisions. I really dislike protectionist "job creator" arguments since they don't jibe with libertarian (natural collapse of industry) or socialist (worker control of means of production) economics.
I'm sure there are lots of things I spend my money on that funds something that would offend me. I pay taxes, after all; I drive a vehicle that burns petrochemicals that come from countries which have abysmal human rights records and I use natural gas likely fracked from some poor schmuck's backyard who's drinking tapwater that ignites while he gets raped by the energy corporations; I buy clothes made in third-world countries and electronics that result in pollution at both ends of their life cycles; I buy food that originates at corporate farms that ignore sustainability. I'm under no illusion that I can avoid funding things I don't believe in, although I do try. I don't control the flow of money once it leaves my pocket. But damn it, when I'm hungry for a delicious chicken sandwich, I'm going to go to the people who serve a very good one to me with a smile and familiar greeting. When I find an alternative that can provide me with a comparable product and service, I'll probably take my business elsewhere. But they better be within walking distance of my work.
Since when it is only okay to mention a company's contribution to the labor market if they don't support organizations you don't like? I happen to like the people who work at Chick-fil-A (some of whom know me by name) and they seem to be pretty happy to be working there. I've been told their pay scale and benefits are slightly better than many fast-food employers though I cannot confirm that. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if it were true, though. IME, their turnover is significantly lower in my area.
I am sorry that Cathy is a dick, though, but I'm pretty confident that time will have a way of compensating for his dickishness, no matter how much he throws at those who share his hateful Christian convictions. I can only hope the chicken doesn't suffer much.