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November 16, 2012

ADAMCZYK: Where to throw your money


Home Depot. A fine store, and provider of many of the things I’ve needed over the years, although I can say the same about its many competitors, and who’s to say the competitors are not equally opposed to my views? I’ve had a grudge against Lowe’s ever since it pulled its advertising from the television program “All American Muslim,” which purported to sympathetically highlight the lifestyles of Muslim immigrants, but it did not stop me from shopping there.

So what would you do?

I can hear it already: stop watching Fox News.

I have decided my discriminatory attitude is unfair, un-American, selfish and not worth the effort. It would not be hard to investigate every purveyor of everything I buy and find something objectionable about each of them, but what’s the point? Too busy to hate, that’s me, and the people with whom I do business, face-to-face, likely agree and disagree with my interests in equal numbers.

Chick-fil-A, a chicken sandwich shop, comes to mind, a family-owned business openly influenced by its owners’ Southern Baptist leanings, to the point the stores close on Sundays and heavy donations have been made to groups opposing same-sex marriage. While I disagree with the firm’s stance on the issue, I note it does not deny service to its opponents, nor does it refuse to hire those who object to the corporate attitude. 

I’ll decline to patronize the place on a more discrete basis: I’m a cheeseburger man.

Closed-mindedness is a mistake, in my book, and finding the business totally in tune with my beliefs is unlikely and wasteful of time. (It also makes me immune to enterprises that brag about how do-good they are, although it pleased and surprised me to learn one of the most serious recyclers in America is General Motors.)

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