Why My Feathers Are Ruffled Over Chick-Fil-A

Who is really getting hurt in a Chick-Fil-A Boycott?

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.

And I’m Proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m Free,

and I won’t forget the men to died, and gave that right to me.

So I gladly stand up, next to you and defend her still today.

Cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless The USA.

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John Roberts August 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Ok this makes no sense...First go after a company for basing their opinion,threaten to boycot,sue to shut them down,protest and call the owners out.thats not being racist? Trying to damage a company because you do not like their stand on gay marriage....an opinion...so as a human being their supposed to just change their opinion to satisfy people...or have their opinion and company attacked. What sense does this make....Pro gay member can be just as racist.acting hateful because of someone sloes thoughts or beliefs.....One day when you wake up and wonder why you have no family,no kids and on your death bed you realize your family name dies with you,no one else from you to carry on your side of the family then you have to answer to your self. If you do not reproduce then your family dies with you. Reproduction is how we were all born in case you forgot that.Sure you can adopt say what you want that child you adopted has a family name to carry on in reality.You just changed the name to suit your actions.Otherwise you would leave your adopted childs name alone and let he or she carry on their real families name good or bad.But to go after a company and make others lose their jobs because of an opinion is more racist than one man walking up to another and calling them a name.
DRECKS August 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I'm with ya John !
Jean Kuhn August 06, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hi Logansdad, Thanks for your comment. I think the part that people are missing here is that I am not frustrated at anyone. "My feathers were just ruffled" over this. And I agree with you that when a franchisor makes statements like that it hurts the franchisees. And I understand that people want to make this a civil rights issue. This blog is and always will be about small business and small business owners. This is not the forum to do it in. They should be putting their money where their mouth is and supporting the groups they here "defending". That would be the way to have their voice hear. We all have a voice, and if someone wants to boycott CFA I defend their right to do that. Just as I defend your right to state your voice, and I defend Cathy's right to his opinion. What people see though when they read this is "I defend Dan Cathy". But that is not what I said, I said, "I defend his right to his OPINION." I have never said one way or the other how I feel about Cathy. And I won't. That was not the point for perspective of my blog. My blog is just my opinion, and I chose to look at it from a different perspective than other people were. Probably because I am a small business owner, and a franchise owner. And if my franchisor made comments that caused a boycott of my system, I would be pissed. I support hard working American small business owners. :-)
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