The Problem With Fighting Corporations

Madame Wev makes a very good point about some of the reaction towards the schmucks who run Hobby Lobby (boldface mine):

…Shaker billerina mentioned that some people were making suggestions like filling up a cart with merchandise and then abandoning it, or making a mess in the store.

Don’t do this.

This is not “activism.” This is just piling more harm on the people who are being directly harmed by this bullshit ruling.

It isn’t the owners of Hobby Lobby who have to clean up the mess left “for them.” It’s the workers in their stores, and causing them headaches isn’t sending a message to management, and it sure as shit isn’t acting as an “ally” to those workers.

Many of whom might not have the option of easily switching jobs to work somewhere else.

If you want to register your dissatisfaction with Hobby Lobby’s corporate management, here is their contact page. Or leave a message on their Facebook page. Or tweet at them.

Do not create additional work for their in-store employees.

Because you know who else is endeavoring to fuck over those employees? Hobby Lobby Corporate HQ.

If your activism aligns itself with the very people you’re ostensibly trying to protest, and you end up hurting the exact same people, you’re DOING IT WRONG.

I’ve encountered the same problem, recently with a phone company: the people I talk to on the phone aren’t at fault–some shithead manager or executive made a stupid policy decision and now the rest of us are left to deal with the consequences. The problem is, however, that we can’t boycott everything. At some point, there need to be regulations that prevent and punish really egregious behavior. Somehow, I don’t see the Scalito Five getting on board with that…

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1 Response to The Problem With Fighting Corporations

  1. dr2chase says:

    I’m not sure that just making work — not nasty work, but just time-consuming work — is that bad a thing. Someone’s got to be paid to do it, right? So don’t vandalize the bathroom, but if the shelves end up a little messier than the norm and require a little longer to straighten, I think that just costs the employer money.

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