Maybe we should all agree that business and politics just don't mix. Several weeks ago folks rallied together in support of Chick-Fil-A's CEO and his support of a traditional family. "Chick-Fil-A Day" was born and then days later a counter demonstration, intended to punish the organization, followed.
This month the owner of Big Apple Pizza in Ft. Pierce, Florida is at the center of a political firestorm. Scott Van Duzer (see photo), a self proclaimed Republican now famous for bear-hugging President Obama. His well intentioned hug resulted in a backlash to make the restaurant look bad. It came in the form of an almost instantaneous drop in the ratings of his restaurant on several online rating sites. Big Apple Pizza went from a four or five star eatery down to a one and many of those ratings were submitted by people thousands of miles away who never set foot in the restaurant-people intent on punishing Mr. Van Duzer all because he publicly showed his political colors.
You may cite this as an example of U.S. citizens expressing frustration with the president, but it is downright wrong to try to punish a business owner because you don't like his politics. Choose to shop or eat somewhere else, but respect a man's right to his own opinion. Luckily, both Chick-Fil-A and Big Apple Pizza are still going strong.
Let's all hope that the people who took the time to wreck Big Apple Pizza's restaurant review AND the ones who worked to repair it will show that same passion in November and take the time and cast their votes when it really counts.
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