This whole Chick-Fil-A incident has “my feathers ruffled.” Why you might ask? Thanks for asking, this has been brewing like “sweet tea” in my brain since it started. I’m a franchise owner too. I’m not a Chick-Fil-A franchisee, although I wouldn’t have minded being one this last week. I wouldn’t mind a 2 hour line to get into my business, but I digress.
So Dan Cathy said something that he believes from the bottom of his heart, and some disagree with him. Well, who exactly do you think you are hurting by boycotting Chick-Fil-A?
Dan Cathy is not in the business of selling chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and lemonade. Mr. Cathy is in the business of selling franchises. So if you don’t like Mr. Cathy’s religious beliefs or his political beliefs then, please, by all means…..do not buy a Chick-Fil-A franchise.
I made sure to have lunch this week at Chick-Fil-A before I knew about the Wednesday Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. Why? It had nothing to do with my opinion on what Mr. Cathy said, but it had everything to do with supporting my local, fellow small business owner. The franchisees are the ones that will be hurt by a boycott.
I think that some people don’t realize that franchises are not owned by the Corporation. These are your local neighbors who purchased a small business. The work hard, long hours to support their families like everyone else. The irony of being self-employed is that all of your friends and neighbors think you must be wealthy. I have been self-employed for the past 27+ years, and I will tell you, there have been times, that I never worked harder for less money. I am pretty sure, some of these Chick-Fil-A franchisees feel the same way. They are paying their mortgages, and most likely a loan on their franchise. So please think about the small business owners first, when someone calls for a boycott.
When I bought my franchises I did not ask the CEO about his political or religious preferences. And I have been thinking what if the CEO of my franchise said something to upset my customers. A boycott of my business would pretty much ruin me and my fellow franchisees within days. I may or may not agree with the CEO, but we as franchisees would still suffer. I was so happy to see the people who came out in mass to support these franchises.
I know, I know, a lot of them were there to support Dan Cathy, but so what. Men died so that you, and me and Dan Cathy can express our opinion. That is what it means to live in a FREE society. Click on the song lyrics below.