Me and My Tea
I happen to like Chick-Fil-A. There. I’ve said it. I’m a gay man and I like Chick-Fil-A. In fact, I prefer it over all other fast food options. The restaurants are always clean–including the bathrooms, the employees are courteous and helpful, and they always honor my request for unsweetened tea with a splash of sweet.
No doubt you’ve seen news stories about Chick-Fil-A donating bazillions of dollars to anti-gay causes. Left-leaning cultural warriors are outraged, demanding that consumers boycott the restaurant. They’re certainly entitled to an opinion.
Those same left-leaning warriors tell me to shop at J.C. Penny instead of Target. The former features gay couples in ads, the latter provides financial support to anti-gay causes. I like Target. I don’t shop there much because it’s on the other side of town. But when I do, I’m generally very to extremely satisfied with my shopping experience.
I believe in boycotts. If a business fails to meet my needs, well, I’m probably not going back. Chick-Fil-A and Target consistently meet my needs in ways that far exceed my experience with any competitors. I’m not thrilled with company positions on gay issues. But that in no way diminishes my satisfaction with the products they sell or my buying experience.
Right-leaning warriors call for boycotts of companies that advertise on television shows they find offensive or that sell products they don’t like. Whether the calls come from the left or the right, I’m not real keen on people telling me what to do. I’m a grown-ass man and I’ll make up my own mind, thank you very much.
I’m sure some will think I’m a bad gay–a traitor to my people. Think what you will. Good tea and clean bathrooms are hard to find.
While I’m coming clean about my spending choices, I confess to occasionally shopping at Walmart. I know it’s the evil empire. But there’s one a bit more than a mile from my house and for the kinds of things I’ll buy there, the price is right. Sue me.
If you must know, Publix is my favorite grocery store. Yes, the prices are higher. But the stores are clean with huge aisles and I never have to wait to check out. I’m worth it.
It’s bad enough that we’ve come to red and blue states. Do we need to have red and blue businesses, too? Where does it stop? I watch American-made television shows and support American-owned businesses–like Chick Fil-A and Target. It’s the American way and how we roll here in…
My Glass House