i personally boycotted burger king after working there as a 16 year old. i didn’t buy anything at burger king until i was 33 years old. my personal boycott lasted 17 years – one year longer than i had even been alive when i started.
today, i began a new one.
it was a balmy 4° F outside this morning when i braved the cold to go to our local german operated metro store where we can buy a large variety of imported items not found elsewhere. this works out nice for us since it is just down the road from where we now live. i showed up and was told that my membership card that i had used for 6 years was no longer valid. perplexed, i asked why and was told that i needed to show my passport. i protested the fact that i needed a passport to buy cheese and a crock pot, and was then – true to east asian courtesy – berated.
the manager on duty proceeded to yell at me and call me a liar and a crook for possibly stealing this card (which has my picture on the front of it!) and claiming to work somewhere that i didn’t. huh? all i was doing was trying to get in to buy stuff… with my valid membership card that THEY issued to me! (btw: membership cards don’t provide any discounts and they’re free, so there’s no incentive to not let people in.) only in east asia will a customer be humiliated for trying to get in to purchase stuff!
thus, i plan to personally boycott metro for the next 35 years – one year longer than i have currently been alive.
being that i’ve only shopped there a approximately six times in my whole life they’re sure to miss my business and come crawling back in groveling sorrow to plead for my return – kind of like burger king was going to do until i had enough mercy on them to purchase a whopper in thailand (where they’re actually nice to people). i’m convinced that whopper purchase is the only reason burger king is still around. J