Found this story - I'm sure most of you read it or heard about it.
It's about a deli who was hired to cater Obama's visit to Iowa. He was the co-owner of the deli, and worked the event, wearing a "Government Didn't
Build My Business, I Did" shirt - a very clear jab at Obama and demonstration of support for Romney.
I take issue with this. You don't have to vote for the man, but bottom line is you also don't have to flat out disrespect people that are giving you
an opportunity of a life-time.
Murty, 45, a registered Republican, didn’t really have a choice with the catering job. His partner, Bret Dalton (a registered Democrat), accepted
the work on Saturday while Murty was away in Chicago watching a Cubs game. Dalton volunteered for Vice President Biden’s presidential campaign in
1988, when he was a student at Iowa State University.
But the story goes on to say that when the contract was accepted, neither men knew who it was for, and when they did find out:
“I would never say no to anybody for any reason,” Murty said. “My partner and I have different views in politics, but business is
Really Mr. Murty? That's nice you'd never NOT take someone's money - but you could at least show a little common respect for your customers. For one
day, you don't have to be obnoxiously in the face of the very people you're "serving".
You didn't have to work the event, you didn't have to accept the contract, and you didn't have to prove a point. Your point would have been proven in
the ballot box - instead you've made yourself, and millions of others (guilt by association) look petty and small.
In comparison, here is how it SHOULD be handled. When approached by the Joe Biden handlers for a campaign stop:
"She said they have selected 'Crumb and Get It" to be his stop on his way to Blacksburg and was wondering if that was ok."
Here's the part that might make other business owners crazy.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime but essentially I said 'No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here. At that
time she said 'Are you sure? There's going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity,’" McMurray said.
Mr. McMurry politely declined to host the event, even though their deli had been open only for few months and could use the money. They disagreed
with the politics and therefore wouldn't brazenly take the money from people and then disrespect them.
At least some people still have a modicum of civility and class.
And to show that the Vice President's handlers appreciated it:
Here's the back story, we’re told that shortly after Crumb and Get It told Biden’s advance people 'no' -- the secret service walked in and
told Chris McMurray ''Thanks for standing up and saying 'no' -- then they bought a whole bunch of cookies and cupcakes.
This could easily be inferred that they simply don't politically support the current administration, but I take it as more a "thanks" that the owner
didn't act as Mr. Murty in the first story - causing them headaches and everyone tension that didn't need to be there.
edit on 16-8-2012 by gncnew because: (no reason given)