Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recently, Boston's mayor has publicly sent a letter to Chic-fil-A telling them that they are not welcome in Boston.  I am sorry, is this the same city where downtown crossing is sinking faster than a rock in Filene's pit  (the pit in the middle of downtown crossing where Filene's Department store used to sit.  They tore it down a few years ago to put up mixed use condos, that obviously never happened.  Menino was involved.)  Businesses are not exactly lining up to fill vacant locations, well, unless you count cell phone stores.  But Mayor Menino, in his infinite wisdom can apparently make decisions for private property vendors and private businesses about what can or cannot open.

In this day and age, it seems that the only vote I have that counts is the vote I get with my own personal dollar.  I currently still get to choose where I spend it.  If enough people agree with me, businesses I visit stay in business or close to my liking.  If more people disagree, then my vote is outweighed.  Now Mayor Menino wants to take that away from me too.  He wants tell a property manager that is not affiliated or even located withing the city of Boston to deny space to a private company also in no way affiliated with Boston, just to deny the private citizens their right to vote with their dollar and either make the location successful or doom it to close.

Mayor Menino, this is our right, our power.  Leave it to your citizens and go back to doing what you do the other 99% of the time; nothing.

Private companies, I urge you to move out of Boston as it is overpriced and the Mayor could decide that he doesn't like you therefore the people of Boston don't like you either.  I can only assume that it is only a matter of time before the mayor comes after you and your company as well.  Boston is obviously a place that  wants the government to interfere in business and that is never good for business.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's sad! What's wrong with Chick-fil-a?

Budd said...

The president of chick-fil-a is opposed to gay marriage or something. Last I checked there were more pressing matters, but the media has to have its stories.

SQT said...

I'm with you. Let the businesses do business and we'll vote with our wallets. In this kind of an economy the Mayor has no business shutting out anyone who can add jobs. Whenever I see a new business go in locally I do a little cheer because it's usually a good thing. I'd be ticked-off if our city leaders took this kind of stance against anyone.

SteveB said...

I think this was a poor choice by the mayor — does he speak for all of Boston? Did he just advocate taking away a choice of where people can spend their money on chicken sandwiches?

CFA and their management isn’t doing anything illegal. You may or may not agree with their COO's donation to "traditional marriage" organizations, but like you say, you can choose not to patronize their stores.

I don't agree with them, but I don’t want to see them run out of my town, state, or country.

Gina Gao said...

That's so unprofessional. I can't agree with this decision.