I was buying some scrapbook paper at a Michael's craft store last night, when I overheard an interesting conversation.
Woman #1: I think these are cheaper at Hobby Lobby.
Woman #2 [nods to man near her]: We don't shop there anymore, and this price is all right.
Woman #1: What's wrong with Hobby Lobby?
Man [moves nearer to woman #1]: They're anti-gay.
Woman #1: Oh. Good thing we have this place and JoAnn's [a craft and fabric store] then!
I was impressed to hear this.
I checked out their claims, and it's not just gays where Hobby Lobby has issues; apparently, they want to claim they have a right to deny health insurance coverage to women who want birth control as well.
Swell. Anti-gay and anti-women.
I'll never shop there either. My wallet will give my opinion of their hatred.
There are already a few other places I won't shop -- or won't shop anymore.
Chik-a-Fila. After their huge, free sandwich, gay-hating campaign, you couldn't drag me into one of their restaurants. Sick and wrong.
But if I'm straight, why do I care? I care because when people use religion as a cover for bigotry, I find it nauseating. And I'm not about to eat when I'm ready to barf.
Overstock.com. I used to shop at this website all the time -- until I found out that the owner donated a couple of million dollars to undermine public education in Utah and try to privatize it. Now I tell everyone I know to avoid the site.
Every time you make a purchase there, you help to fund the downfall of free, public education. Don't do it.
Jolley's Corner Pharmacy. This is a small pharmacy in Salt Lake, but the owner came out in the newspaper a few years ago, claiming (erroneously) that Plan B contraception was the same as an abortion. He refuses to sell it. I, therefore, remind people that this store is anti-women's rights, and I refuse to shop there.
Not that I've ever had a need for Plan B, mind you. It's the whole fact that this man thinks he has the right to restrict women's access to good health and to control over their own lives -- all based on a completely wrong assumption about a drug.
That's my list.
What about you? Where do you vote with your wallet? Do you buy local? Do you avoid companies that exploit children? Do you boycott homophobes or misogynists like I do? Where will you NOT shop/eat?