Sunday, July 11, 2010

Think Before You Boycott

"Boycott BP" is a natural reflex given the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. But before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, stop and think about who your boycott would hurt. Most likely, a local business owner trying to make ends meet with a service station and a small grocery-type store. Refusing to patronize the local station isn't going to mean a lot to BP and could put a local business owner out of business -- unlike, say, a boycott of WalMart, which doesn't hurt the local guy (and unfortunately, probably doesn't hurt WM all that much either, but it makes me feel better to avoid them). Just food for thought. H/T Daily Dish

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