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Phoenix Uprising

David3036 Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 5:45 AM
Free speech indeed. In the Chick-fil-A counter-protests, thousands of people stood in line to support them. So you might think you won that one, but Chick-fil-A’s BrandIndex rating of consumer perception plummeted. It plummetet for the same reason that the gay boycott of Coors was highly successful but the anti-gay boycotts of Disney theme parks, Target, Best Buy and Ford were dismal failures. McDonald's was targeted because it joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce -- do you see anyone avoiding McDonald's? Kraft Foods supported the Gay Games in Chicago and became a boycott target. To its credit, the company stated simply that diversity was a major reason for its success. End of story. Home Depot did the same.
Panda Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 10:41 AM
Chick's profits skyrocketed and have sustained well above previous levels. Your "Brand Index" figure is meaningless.
gwharpo Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 9:10 AM
Talk about corporate responsibility. Yeah, right.
rickmcq Wrote: Feb 12, 2013 7:38 AM
"Chick-fil-A generated $492 million in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization on revenue of $1.12 billion in 2011, PrivCo said. It added that the company’s 44 percent Ebitda margin was “virtually unheard of in the restaurant industry.”
The chain has the biggest sales per unit in fast-food, according to QSR Magazine. In 2011, the company generated gross sales of $2.9 million per location, outpacing the average unit sales of runner-up McDonald’s Corp. (MCD) by $400,000, the magazine said in its August 2012 issue."

These are the latest numbers available, and things may have changed since, but it sure doesn't seem as though the protesters have damaged Chick-fil-A much.

Elon University has now ceased to be a serious institution of higher learning. In fact, it no longer deserves to be called a university in the wake of its decision to create a new Vendor Policy Study Committee. The committee, which was created by Elon's Board of Trustees in October, is part of a response to efforts to ban Chick-fil-A from the Elon campus. Its very existence shows that Elon cannot expeditiously handle simple issues concerning tolerance and inclusion. Instead, it legitimates bigotry by giving serious consideration to anti-religious zealots who would best be ignored.

Elon's 15-member committee is made up...