What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

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What stores/restaurants do you refuse to shop/eat at and why?

Postby jeffysdad01 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 8:52 am

Me:
Target, poor service, selection
WalMart, poor service, selection, ditto the warehouse clubs except for Costco.
Costco, too much of a hassle for the small amount of stuff I buy, otherwise I would consider it.
BestBuy, only online; hate the stores (too crowded, noisy, poor service)
Lowes, awful service
Home Depot, also awful service
Chick Fil A, right-wingers
CVS, don't like the service, prices
Whole Foods, too expensive; customers in my neighborhood store are obnoxious, but service and quality of food is great (so very rarely will I buy something there, special occasion).

I'll think of others.


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Postby popamode72 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:22 am

Pizza Hut, more expensive and not as good as Dominos usually

I understand why you wouldn't eat at Chick-fil-A. Their views are so backwards and ignorant but at the same time, I still like their food but I want to cut down on eating there at all. I'm so on the fence about that place sometimes.

IHOP, had a terrible experience at a local one recently that's made me hesitant to go back even though I've usually had good experiences at this chain

If I come up with any more, I'll make another comment here but those are the ones on my mind at the moment.
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Postby takeshi » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:03 am

For restaurants it's usually a matter of the food. Can't think of too many stores other than Walmart. I don't care for the feel. Can't really explain it much better than that other than to say that People of Walmart is part of it. Also don't care for their business practices.

jeffysdad01 wrote:Chick Fil A, right-wingers

While I can understand that they make some mighty tasty sammiches. Right wingers as a reason will rule out a LOT of businesses.

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Postby jeffysdad01 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:38 am

There are only a few chain restaurants that I WILL go to. Among them are California Pizza Kitchen and The Counter. I also go to McDonald's (only for breakfast), although I'm not proud of it.

As for right-wing-owned/controlled companies, the only ones that bother me really are those that actively advocate for or against a particular issue. If a business owner/executive is very conservative and doesn't use his/her position to influence public policy, then I don't really care.

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Postby Vattené » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:45 pm

There aren't many that I outright boycott, but Chick-fil-A is one for me, too. I liked it but couldn't stand the thought of even a tiny amount of the money I gave them going to donations for right wing/theocratic/homophobic causes. A couple years ago when buying decorations for our wedding reception my (now) wife and I got everything we could from Michael's, but we did end up giving quite a bit of money to Hobby Lobby just because we couldn't find certain things elsewhere (and I have had multiple horrible customer service experiences with them at different stores, too, so I would avoid them regardless of their political activism now anyway).

After 2008 I consciously made the decision not to hold any accounts with big banks (if they are going to be "too big to fail" then I can at least not contribute to their size). I do all banking with local financial institutions now except for credit cards. If, say, Bank of America offered a card with unprecedented rewards I might cave, but they're not currently offering anything too irresistible anyway. I don't have any experience with loans, but at least on the liability side of the balance sheet small banks have been just as competive in my experience. I guess it is in part the Walmart Principle applied to banks (even though I do shop at Walmart personally).

I am not sure how big Regions Bank is (they have a pretty big footprint, but I don't think it is a nationwide presence), but I pulled out of them in college for another reason. They threatened to start charging for debit card usage. I say threatened because they announced it but never followed through after there was a big backlash apparently. It was too late for me, though. I closed my account as soon as I found out and never looked back because I can't stand paying banks for the privilege of using my money.
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Postby dickey1331 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:46 pm

I guess it will upset you to know that the founders of California Pizza Kitchen give money to Republicans.
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Postby jeffysdad01 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:02 pm

dickey1331 wrote:I guess it will upset you to know that the founders of California Pizza Kitchen give money to Republicans.


No, not really. As long as they aren't specifically supporting the destruction of the environment, suppressing marriage or reproductive rights, etc. I realize republicans do that generally, but it's just not practical to boycott republicans who might only be "fiscal" conservatives.

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Postby Vattené » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:05 pm

It's also not practical to boycott companies that make any sort of political contributions. So many do it, and so many of THOSE do it to both sides as a way to sort of hedge their bets.
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Postby jeffysdad01 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:11 pm

Vattené wrote:It's also not practical to boycott companies that make any sort of political contributions. So many do it, and so many of THOSE to it to both sides as a way to sort of hedge their bets.


Yes, you're right. However, I decided some time ago to not contribute to charities that do lobbying in Washington or elsewhere. So that means I generally only support small, local organizations. I think it's a good idea to keep as little money flowing to Washington as possible.

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Postby Vattené » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:14 pm

I admire that.
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