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#21 Posted on 5.12.05 0733.06
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As a rule, I don't wear any items that have logos that occupy a great percentage of the clothes I wear. I'll tolerate the brown badge and red/orange/grey/whatever tabs on my jeans, and the slight symbol on the tongue of my steel-toed boots, and whatever else, but I'll never be seen wearing a shirt that screams corporate endorsement.

Maybe I'm just crazy, but I shouldn't have to pay big bucks to advertise a company's logo.




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#22 Posted on 5.12.05 0933.07
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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    I boycott any rock/movie star who tells me how to vote.

    I'm looking at you, Bono.


That's why I've boycotted Pearl Jam - which I really hate because I love their music. I can't really say that I boycott U2 simply because I haven't wanted to buy any of their music in almost 15 years.
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#23 Posted on 5.12.05 1039.03
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Tom Cruise Movies
Bono and The Dixie Chicks
NJ Devils & NY Islanders hockey games
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#24 Posted on 5.12.05 1116.25
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I do like how no one ever lists any right-wing folks as the sorts who they boycott. It's always people like Bono protesting appalling things like world hunger or AIDS in Africa that seem to piss people off

My only boycott is I refuse to buy the Chicago Tribune due to their constant bias against the White Sox and ridiculous kid-gloving of the Cubs. I know it's just $0.50 a day, but I will not give that money to them to pay for them to smear my team.
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#25 Posted on 5.12.05 1356.05
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    Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
    I refuse to patronize Denny's due to their racist corporate policies.


I also boycott Denny's, but that's mostly because their food does unpleasant things to me (and to others who also happen to be in the near vicinity).

Individual boycotts don't really amount to much, so I tend to avoid places, but I'll shop there if it's a must.

About the only thing I won't purchase is Coors, mostly due to the Castle Rock Foundation (and their shitty employment practices, racist comments made by their founder, etc). And their beer tastes like piss, so it's not hard to avoid.
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#26 Posted on 5.12.05 1424.36
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I won't go to Hardee's or UPS Stores because of abject employee incompetence.
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#27 Posted on 5.12.05 1609.21
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In 1974 a local hamburger establshment (Goff's in Dallas)would not serve me because my hair was too long for Harvey Goff's tastes. And it wasn't even that long, shoulder length at the most. Nowhere near CRZ range.

I haven't been back since. Several times in the last 32 years friends have tried to get me to go back. But, I tell them that if my money was not good enough when I was 16, it is not good enough now.

I recently heard that Harvey sold out and they moved to a new location. But, I am still holding a grudge. I'm not going back.
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#28 Posted on 5.12.05 1611.28
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    Originally posted by spf
    It's always people like Bono protesting appalling things like world hunger or AIDS in Africa that seem to piss people off


I see the smiley, but...

...once Bono gets his Canadian citizenship, THEN he can start telling our PM that he should be increasing his foreign aid from 0.3% to 0.7%.

Until then, keep shoving the $40 you get for every concert t-shirt sold into your tax-free Irish bank account and stop telling me to vote Liberal.

Thanks in advance.

:)
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#29 Posted on 5.12.05 1631.05
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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    ...once Bono gets his Canadian citizenship, THEN he can start telling our PM that he should be increasing his foreign aid from 0.3% to 0.7%.


Well, he was only asking our government, and several others, I might add, if they wouldn't mind fulfilling promises they had made a long long time ago, so that, you know, little children wouldn't starve to death or die of diarrhea or leprosy. I don't think that's such a bad thing for people like Bono to be doing with their celebrity status, so I won't get too angry with him.

Bob Geldoff did the same thing, and I'm not angry with him either. The only reason I don't buy his records is because they're generally pretty piss-poor.

I will, however, add The National Post, Canada's ridiculously right-wing biased newspaper, to my boycott list.

(edited by Stilton on 5.12.05 1733)
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#30 Posted on 5.12.05 1813.45
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I don't drink bottled water anymore after finding out that the stuff from the tap is usually fine, and free. About ten years ago I stopped drinking Poland Springs (freerepublic.com) water because they were sending powdered formula to help the poor in Africa but not clean water. The locals were mixing the formula with dirty river water and they got pretty sick at times.
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#31 Posted on 5.12.05 2006.29
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    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    I won't go to Hardee's or UPS Stores because of abject employee incompetence.



Heeeeeey.....my first job I ever had was at a Hardee's. :)
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#32 Posted on 6.12.05 0359.29
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I don't boycott anything and probably wouldn't unless they gave me shitty service or a made a bad product or otherwise did something to me personally. If I boycotted things because of the politics involved, my movie and music collection would probably thin out in a hurry. Even if something is blatantly political (i.e. Green Day's last CD), it still doesn't bother me all that much. Of course that doesn't mean that I don't find certain celebrities completely obnoxious, or that I don't get mighty pissed off about some company's prices.

I don't know what exactly is the deal with Denny's (I don't eat there), but if it is some sort of racist hiring policy or something, I probably wouldn't eat there. I wouldn't consider something like that a boycott though. It's just the type of place that I would not feel comfortable in.
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#33 Posted on 6.12.05 1535.53
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    Originally posted by Von Erich
    In 1974 a local hamburger establshment (Goff's in Dallas)would not serve me because my hair was too long for Harvey Goff's tastes. And it wasn't even that long, shoulder length at the most. Nowhere near CRZ range.

    I haven't been back since. Several times in the last 32 years friends have tried to get me to go back. But, I tell them that if my money was not good enough when I was 16, it is not good enough now.

    I recently heard that Harvey sold out and they moved to a new location. But, I am still holding a grudge. I'm not going back.


Wow, a reference to Goff's!!! That place is legendary for the abuse Harvey dished out to customers (think of the soup nazi, except for burgers). The first time I was there, I placed my order, then my friend (who is a big guy) stepped up to place his. Before he could talk, Harvey shot him a look of disdain and asked "What do you want, fat boy?"

Harvey Goff did sell out and the place is on Hillcrest, across the street from SMU. The Lenin statue didn't make the move (wonder what happened to it--it was a life-size statue of Lenin), and the police don't let him drive his tank on the street anymore.
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#34 Posted on 6.12.05 1614.14
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by NickBockwinkelFan
      I refuse to patronize Denny's due to their racist corporate policies.


    I have heard about this happening at "a restaurant", but do you have some data on this being chain-wide. I don't often eat at Denny's - but that's reason enough to make it permanent, if it's true - and you're generally a respectable guy.



Working on the road for over the past 15 years, I've encountered many problems with Denny's in the south. I haven't been in one since 1992 and then the lawsuit with the Secret Service agents blew the corporation up.

I've listed the lawsuit information below:

Dyson, et al. v. Denny's, Inc.
On April 1, 1993, six African-American on-duty officers in the U.S. Secret Service were refused service for more than an hour when they attempted to order breakfast. Meanwhile, their white fellow officers at a nearby table were served without incident.

After the six officers filed suit, thousands of other customers reported that they had experienced similar discriminatory incidents at Denny's Restaurants nationwide.

Eventually, the suit involved class members in 49 states. On May 24, 1994, Denny's and 18 named plaintiffs settled the case for a record $17.725 million. Each officer received $35,000, and the other named plaintiffs received $15,000. In all, checks were mailed to more than 130,000 class members, making this the largest class action settlement distribution to date in a public accommodations discrimination case.

In addition, Denny's signed a consent decree, which placed the corporation under an extensive court order to provide nondiscrimination training to its employees and to monitor and report future instances of discrimination. John Relman was co-lead counsel in this class action lawsuit, which was brought on behalf of the plaintiffs by the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, with the assistance of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. The suit received extensive press coverage, including The New York Times Magazine (Nov. 6, 1994) cover story.

"Denny's Restaurants to pay $54 million in bias suits," The New York Times (May 25, 1994)

"Plaintiffs enjoy an anti-bias victory," The Washington Post (May 25, 1994)

"Denny's gets a bill for the side orders of bigotry," The New York Times (May 29, 1994)

"Service with a sneer," The New York Times Magazine (Nov. 6, 1994)

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#35 Posted on 6.12.05 1855.58
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The only place I stay away from now is Blockbuster. I had too many calls weeks after something was returned from them saying that they still didn't have it, or that they only got the empty case back and that the cost of the movie (the $70 that they paid) was coming off my credit card if it wasn't returned that day.

A couple days later, they'd call back and say that either their co-workers had taken it home (just grabbing it out of the case) or that the movie had been rented out four times since I had rented it, so they figure they *must* have it *somewhere* in the store. Third time over a year or so was a charm for me.

I've gotten all my money refunded, and their office gave me dozens of free rentals in my account, but they've been sitting there unused for four years now. I figure if I go back and they screw up again, I have no excuse for giving them the opportunity now that it'll have happened a fourth time.

Other than poor service at individual locations of different stores, Blockbuster is the only company I just don't go to regardless of location.

ps. Viva la Walmart! (Just for the love of God don't make eye contact with any employees)


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#36 Posted on 6.12.05 1919.26
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I boycott Domo Gasoline, because I worked there when I put myself through school and it's just a horrible, horrible place to work. What's worse is that the company's president is the leader of the provincial Conservative party, which means I won't even consider voting that way until the dunderhead is kicked to the curb.

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#37 Posted on 7.12.05 1053.30
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Currently, I don't boycott anyone. But I am considering boycotting these stores that want to sell "Holiday" trees and won't allow their employees to say "Merry Christmas". The biggest problem I have right now is Honda, with their TV commercial using, of all things, the song "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". They then change the words to "happy holidays". Unreal. Couldn't Honda find a song like, I don't know, "Happy Holidays". This enrages me. Retailers wouldn't have a "holiday" season without Christmas. And, need I remind anyone, there would be no Christmas without Jesus Christ.

Lowe's wants to sell holiday trees. Hmmm, let's see, Kwanzaa - no tree. Hanukkah - no tree. Boxing Day - no tree. Christmas - Yes, tree. So, if Christmas is the only holiday to use a tree, why not call it what it really is, a Christmas tree!

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#38 Posted on 7.12.05 1210.43
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    Originally posted by R-Dub

    Lowe's wants to sell holiday trees. Hmmm, let's see, Kwanzaa - no tree. Hanukkah - no tree. Boxing Day - no tree. Christmas - Yes, tree. So, if Christmas is the only holiday to use a tree, why not call it what it really is, a Christmas tree!




Which is just a Yule log in disguise.

Christmas was just a convenient excuse to get more pagans to convert.

Not the best source, but the best I could do in a rush: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas#Theories_regarding_the_origin_of_the_date_of_Christmas


    It is an appropriation of the pagan Midwinter festivals, such as the Germanic Yule and the Roman festival of the birth of Unconquered Sun, celebrated on the day after the winter solstice, or the Roman festival of Saturnalia.


There is a HUGE debate here about if we're going to call the tree on the Mall the Christmas tree or the Holiday tree. This year it's going back to Christmas tree.

The local NBC station interviewed many Christians and non-Christians and a few Christians brought up just that fact that "Christmas is a pagan holiday and we should include
Hanukkah and Kwanzaa as part of the holidays and why call it a Christmas tree to exclude them?"

And that's my yearly pagan post.
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#39 Posted on 7.12.05 1546.08
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- Stilton, will you add the Toronto Star (and it's sister papers), Canada's most left wing newspaper to your list?

Here in Ottawa, I get the fun choice of; National Post (rightwing bias), Ottawa Citizen (leftwing bias), and the Ottawa Sun (which has the porno lady in the sports section). I'll buy the Sun despite the aformentioned porn because it's 25 cents Canadian on Weekdays, and their editoral section won't drive me up the wall.

- Anything to do with sweatshops, I avoid *I'm looking at YOU, Nike).
- Ditto on the Crapters (er, I mean Chapters) dislike.
- CBC News. I mean seriously, how can you expect unbiased news coverage when they get their money from the GOVERNMENT?? They're not going to bite the hand that feeds them. And news flash; it's ok to say SUICIDE BOMBER and BOMBMAN and TERRORISM in a news story.
- My former employers at XS Cargo, which I recently found out even their HEAD OFFICE is filled with cheats and scumbags, as they proceeded to try and shaft me not once, but TWICE out of filing for unemployment after getting laid off.
- Wal-mart's cool with me. Don't love them, don't hate them.
- Movies which have demonic poscession (like the Exorcist).

(edited by El Nastio on 7.12.05 1646)
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#40 Posted on 7.12.05 1720.27
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El Nastio,

No, I won't be boycotting the Star. I read it on Sundays for the book reviews. Besides, I enjoy a little leftwing bias in my news. It keeps me from throwing things at the wall in disgust.

I never read the Sun anymore. It's not so much a boycott as it is a natural response anyone might have when their intelligence is grossly insulted on a daily basis. The Sun has got to be the dumbest "news"paper in the history of the medium.

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