Holy (Steam) Rollers & Other Corporate Villains

Revenge is sweet and not fattening.
Alfred Hitchcock.

I hold grudges. I try not to hold them against people (to varying degrees of success) but I have no such qualms about holding a big grudge against a corporation. It is a leftover from my childhood when my mother made it clear that we could not have the Nestle chocolate powder with the funny rabbit on the box because they had done very bad things with milk and formula in Africa. Since then, I’ve known that as a consumer, I have a tiny way to make my feelings known and an obligation to do so. It is more than 30 years since I couldn’t buy the chocolate milk and I have not forgotten…

Until last week, I thought that Hobby Lobby was just a crappy┬áreplacement for the previously shitty Kmart store that blights one of Tamiami Trail’s ugly highway strip malls. But it turns out that it is actually a fairly large third-rate craft store chain with an owner who has a God complex.

It is, I guess, good to know what the hell a Hobby Lobby is and it is refreshing to be mad at a company that I would never patronize anyway. It will be so easy (though admittedly ineffective) to boycott these emporiums of Made-in-China crap because I already am! I sure won’t miss it like I miss Chick-Fil-A.

Chick-Fil-A – yes, I had noticed a certain sanctimony in their kid giveaways (lots of nice morals!!) and the ‘closed on Sundays’ stuff but that

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didn’t hurt anyone so I didn’t care and I would go enjoy a sandwich whenever we were in Florida. If Chick-Fil-A had stuck to making tasty sandwiches, there would be no grudge but for some reason, they just had to wield their religiosity against others.

Their anti-gay comments puzzled me.What does sex have to do with chickens (other than when chickens are having it with each other, obviously)?

And troubled me.I can’t eat there now!!

Had Chick-Fil-A remained benignly preachy,┬áI could’ve enjoyed their sandwiches til their illiterate cows came home. But, like most zealots, the owners of Chick-Fil-A couldn’t resist spewing their noxious brimstone. Even when their VP of propaganda died in the midst of the maelstrom (or was he struck down?) they stuck to their hateful stance and refused to apologize. More recently, the CEO made a point of bringing it up again by commenting that it was a ‘sad day’ in light of the basic human rights that were extended to their country’s adult citizens!

So no more chicken sams for me. Still. And probably ever.

And definitely no crappy crap from Hobby Lobby.