You can use all the titles and labels that you want. I don't belong to any organization with a cause, or political group, or religious group. Ordinary shmucks like me can see that Lowes pulled their ads because they were afraid of what the judgemental Christian groups might do. 'Fact of the matter is, they should've been much more concerned about what I, a person with no particular mission or cause, who doesn't belong to any self-righteous group, a.k.a. ordinary person, would do. Most ordinary people quietly don't prefer to be around people or organizations who speak or behave like biggots (and all the public rationalizing at Lowes won't fix that perception). I spent about $500 at Lowes over the last month for a home project. Never again. Unless they resume the ads (admitting their stupidity), I'll drive right by to another chain. And, I'm sure there will be plenty of others like me will quietly do the same. I don't need a Senator to tell me what to do. Next quarter, I bet Lowes just blames the "bad economy" for lagging results. I'll be sorry to see LOW hit a new low...
<I spent about $500 at Lowes over the last month for a home project. Never again. Unless they resume the ads (admitting their stupidity), I'll drive right by to another chain. And, I'm sure there will be plenty of others like me will quietly do the same. > Yeah, I'm sure Lowes will change their minds to get your $500. Hilarious. For every one of you, there's a person who thinks Lowes has a right to do what it wants with its ads and will shop there.
My friend, you should read a bit more carefully. You'll see that I never said that Lowes doesn't have the right to do whatever it wants. Every retailer does. You're right.
You're also right that, for every one of me, there is another who supports what Lowes did. So, according to you, that means that 50% of potential Lowes shoppers don't support what they did. See the math, my friend?
So, if even only 1 out of 5 people who share my impression thinks about driving past Lowes to go to another retailer because of their bonehead handling of the situation, that would amount to a 10% drop in consumer business. Are ya still following me?
My point is: That's seriously not a good thing for Lowes investors! (And you thought this was about company rights? My goodness...)
A true capitalist would want to cater to the widest range of people to sell to in order to maximize profit and revenue. Forms of discrimination on any level simply give other businesses more business and hurt them in the long run.
Does lowes have a right to drop ads? Sure...
Lowe's signed up for the GSA contract. The GSA contract ensures that they have to maintain Federal guidelines for standards. If it is argued that employees are judged on actions outside the workplace then it means the inverse is also true.
If this dumb mistake causes them to lose the GSA contract then it is a strong sell.