It’s never good business to offend potential customers. But it seems Chick-fil-A never got that memo.
The fast-food franchise continues to throw money at groups with anti-gay agendas. Through its charitable arm called WinShape, the company donated almost $2 million to organizations like the Marriage & Family Legacy Fund in 2009, according to the most recent IRS records.
That’s up considerably from the $1 million in total that Chick-fil-A gave to anti-gay groups between 2003 and 2008, according to an investigation by Equality Matters.
We don’t get it. Aren’t gay people customers, too? We’re generalizing here, but just because gay people tend to go to the gym and eat healthy, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy a greasy chicken sandwich every now and then. So why piss them off?
Despite the overwhelming evidence, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy insists his company is “not anti-anybody.” He says that “while my family and I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage, we love and respect anyone who disagrees.”
To prove his love, he even participated in this year’s AIDS Walk Atlanta 5K Run. And wouldn’t you know it, he actually won the race for his age group, clocking an impressive time of 26 minutes and change.
Seems like Cathy is also hitting the gym and taking care of his body. Hmm.
Fast food and low income. It’s a long held belief that fast food has led to the spiraling obesity rates among people with low incomes. But a new study is turning that notion on its head.
Research by the University of California’s Center for Healthcare Policy and Research found that fast-food dining actually becomes more common as earnings increase from low to middle incomes.
Specifically, the more money a family earns, the more times it goes to a fast food chain like Burger King or KFC. People with low incomes “are not spending as much on fast food as lower-middle income or middle income,” says an author of the study.
However, the trend peaks at $60,000. Once annual household income surpasses $60K, fast food visits start to decline. (Why eat hamburger when you can have steak?)
The research is noteworthy because a growing number of cities, especially in California, are curtailing the number of fast-food joints in lower income neighborhoods specifically because of the obesity epidemic.
This study could provide new ammunition to critics of those policies, like, you guessed it, fast-food companies and franchise organizations.
Stupid employee of the month. The pizza wars are heating up – in fact they’re positively burning. Down, that is.
Two store managers at a Domino’s Pizza in Florida were recently arrested for setting fire to a nearby Papa John’s store, and burning it to the ground.
The Domino’s workers, 23 year-old Sean Everett Davidson and 22 year-old Bryan David Sullivan, figured they could increase business at their store by torching the competition.
Domino’s corporate released a statement saying that the two employees acted independently, and that the crime “had had nothing to do with…our brand whatsoever.”
Rumor has it that Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, has applied for the newly vacant positions.
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