Will You Boycott Fast Food Tomorrow?


Shouldn't the pressure be on the politicians then? Not out of state companies that won't give a shit?

Where's the option that says: Sure, but it'll be pretty meaningless, since I usually don't eat fast food anyway?
It's easy for me to say "Yes", because the odds are good that I won't eat fast food anyways. I usually make my own (cheaper, healthier) and when I eat out, it's to splurge.
A one-day boycott has got to be the laziest, least effective form of "protest". The only people who could possibly be affected are the low-wage employees who get sent home because business is too slow to justify paying them.
I don't eat fast food, and I doubt I'll start tomorrow. So, I guess that helps.
The problem with your campaign is that the corporations of McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King are separate business entities from the local franchises. The local business owners do not have access to the massive bank accounts of their franchisors, but rather simply pay a fee to the larger companies for the right to use the name, recipes, and marketing.

By boycotting these restaurants, you are only hurting the local owners and making it more difficult for them to pay their employees - and regardless, their franchise fee will be still be deducted from their account next month. And if you hurt the businesses enough and the owners have to walk away (and lay off their staff), the franchisor will just step in and sell them to someone else and make more money.

There may be ways to improve the working conditions of local employees, but this boycott will not be one of them.


Dang. Can't go one day without your Wendy's? One day.
Can I eat at the Truck?
@4: What is your plan of action? What are you organizing?
Starbucks is fast food.
I get fast food about three times a year, so my not buying fast tomorrow isn't really that big of a statement.
Boycott fast food? Even if everyone did, it won't make any difference.
@12: What will?
I won't be eating fast food tomorrow but to be fair it has been at least 15 years since I have so I'm not sure they will really miss my dollar.
I'd rather have a real American capitalist Burger King Whopper tomorrow that suffer through an overpriced mushroom risotto just to be politically correct.
It's been said: it's hard to boycott something I already don't do (see also: watching the Olympics)

And while I plan on getting a coffee on the way home, it'll be my indie coffee place that could do with the business.
@6 has a good point
If you really want to boycott fast food chains, do so if you have 401Ks/IRA/etcs. Basically insist on your money not being invested in those corporations. If shareholders were forced to think morally, then they'd dump their shares until the corporations are forced to adopt giving employees living wages into their corporate mission.

But I'm probably shooting shit out of my mouth by saying the above..
@18: I don't think investment houses offer that degree of granularity with 401Ks and managed rollover IRAs, in like a line item rejection of a particular company.
You need an option for "I don't eat that shit, EVER, anyway."
@ 2. I can boycott fast food every day. I already do. But I will say this: if I hear that some fast food chains pay their people right, and I'm on a road trip where the off-the-interstate options are few, I'd choose $15/hour McD's over lower-paying other chains. Or vice-versa. Just like I'll shop at Costco but not Walmart.
I boycott fast food every got-damned day. That's less to do with social justice and more to do with deliciousness, mind you. I mean, I don't even really *like* Dicks, but I will eat there if I'm really desperate. The last time I ate at McDonalds was (I kid you not), 1992.
@15 Enjoy dying of heart disease.

These are really good fried up in peanut oil:



Fine, but recently I've had terrible experiences at some quality supermarkets and specialty shops. Chicken, beef and seafood way out of date and smelling of death.

@7: Easy! I'll just eat at one of the 15-20 other restaurants within a few blocks of my office that pays its employees less than $15/hour.
@13 Why not run an initiative campaign at either the City or State level? Or stage a rally at City Hall? Or get people to call and write councilmembers?

I can't imagine that many of the people who would take part in this would be eating fast food anyways, so why is McDonald's going to care?

If the aim is a higher minimum wage then the target should be those people who can actually raise it.
Why not, instead, tell people to tip the employee an additional $7 to help bring their likely wage above $15/hr ?
I think coupling a a buy-cott woth the boycott works best. Skip the corporate exploiters of labor, and spend you money at ethical places like Dick's that treat their employees decently. Hell, grabbing a hot dog a Costco would be more ethical than corporate fake-food burgers.
@22: Not all fast food is junk food. A burrito from a taco truck is only slightly less nutritious than the same burrito made at home.
However, dinner is different. Never junk and never fast. Wine choice pairing dictates.
This slog is the demographic that could mount a fast food boycott that could destroy boycotts. Does anyone living in Seattle go to McDonalds or Burger King? Don't they already buy food on the street or from any of 3000 other food purveyors directly in front of their eyes. That's why I stay.

The only fast food joints I can even think of are on 3rd between Pike and Pine (McD/Chplte/Sbux) and the only things I buy there are tobacco and heroin.

We need a more general, one-day attack on the companies that lobby against more equality in distribution of income. Don't make any bank deposits to major banks, no "trading" with large brokerages (even if you lose a percent), try not to purchase anything from anyone exept maybe a small, idie business for a day (it's not that hard in Seattle), put off purchasing a car/sable fur/aquarium/50 large jet airplanes. It's only one day and if you can't wait- try Etsy (Syria, for the planes.)
It isn't one person making a huge sacrifice. It's a lot of people agreeing that it's important enough to organise a protest that might create some movement against the massive change in the culture and redistribution of wealth to the truly ambitious. Having financial security does not mean having all of everything.

I refuse to apologize for that but I won't do it again. Here, on a lighter note...

A penguin is driving his Jag down the street and the engine dies. He just makes it into a repair shop and the mechanic says, "It might take a while to figure out the problem- there's an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet across the street. Why don't you go have lunch while I find the problem?" The penguin returns after about an hour and says, "What's the verdict?" The mechanic says, "Looks like you blew a seal." The penguin quickly wipes his mouth with a flipper and replies, " No, it's just tartar sauce."
... Say the people who take pride in drinking rebranded swill at under $1 a can.

I'd call you rednecks but you'd have to be less pasty.

Cancer, anyone?

Fuckers missed the bus.
I'm usually amongst those piling into the "I already boycott fast food every day!" toilet, though I actually had Carl's Jr on Monday. I'd not planned on work's cafe being shut down for MLK day and had to run out for lunch as a result. Only spot around was a C's J and I got what actually amounted to a relatively decent slab of beef underneath a respectable pile of burger-esque vegetables. But the condiments... holy hell, the condiments! I honestly may have consumed as much ketchup on that sandwich as I probably had in the previous month's eating combined. Just a disgusting amount of ketchup with (I believe) some mustard & mayo mixed in for balance. Really an absurd amount of ketchup to consume on a sandwich.

The service, it's worth mentioning, was exemplary.
Can the body live without the culture?
@31: So which is more expensive these days, tobacco or heroin?
No. Because I'm poor and fast food fills my stomach for less.

Considering how fast food starves your body of essential nutrition and how it destroys your longterm health, fast food is actually some of the most expensive food anyone can buy.

If you have access to a microwave and/or a basic toaster oven, you can eat much better and cheaper by preparing your own meals.

Food bins at coops, even those at Whole Foods, are very affordable for anyone with limited incomes.

If you know anyone with a Costco membership and you have a little storage space (one or two Rubbermaid type storage containers is a start), you can purchase in bulk at very affordable prices, including a recently expanded selection of organic foods and produce.

Trader Joe's is very affordable for most working class people.

Weekly sales at Fred Meyer and QFC also yield affordable, healthy options for the working class and working poor.

If you cannot afford Trader Joe's or other grocery stores, try the many food banks; many have very nutritious selections throughout the month, especially in Seattle and on the Eastside.

If you have access to a freezer, your options are even better.

If you live in the Puget Sound, especially in King County, you have access to one of the best library systems in the world. Use it to learn how to choose affordable, nutritionally dense foods and to discover how best to cook and store your food. The books and online resources are all free to residents.

If you have an Orca card, you can travel to all of these healthier food places at an affordable cost. All of them are either at or very near a bus or light rail stop. If you have a bicycle, much of the city is accessible to you.

Since you're posting in the comments here, you must have internet access; so, use it to learn how to do more and better with less.

Being poor or just poorer than average doesn't have to mean you must eat poorly. Is it challenging for the average American? Yes, but the more you know about local resources, food, health and nutrition, the easier it gets to eat well and live a little better.

Yes, you can.


Anything that fills your mouth and occupies your hands blesses others with your silence and absence.

What you've done here will bind you and be bound to you until resolution.

I live in Canada. So, no.
does Taco Time count? the rest of it is fucking garbage but Taco Time's a'ight.
Subway has to count, right. Esp. the one on the Hill, if it's still owned by the guy who canned the gal for coming back for her paycheck.
I'm a vegetarian, so fast food just sort of passes me by regardless.
@16 And how much does your indie coffee shop pay its employees? Because nothing stops any business from choosing to pay their employees a living wage even without raising the minimum, and if $15/hr becomes law they're going to have to do it anyway.

Shouldn't we boycotting every business that pays less than $15 per hour?
@27: Ah Giffy--always the critic. The world is a better place when you sit on your ass and comment on what people *should* be doing. Thanks for your effort.
I did it! A bunch of fast food workers picketed Wendy's in Lake City and I was there too.

We had TONS of support from truckers and other car traffic! 68% support $15now in town and it sounded like it today. :)
If we don't phase this in over years and do this intelligently, we'll give an unfair advantage to large chains and hurt local businesses.
We can raise the minimum wage and protect local businesses if we do this thoughtfully.