I will always support a person’s natural rights, and that includes the rights to think what they want and speak their mind. I think I have made that quite clear through this blog.
In case you’ve been under a rock, Chick-Fil-A had recently come under controversy for where they were donating money, along with the fact that one of the corporation’s officers said publicly that the company is basically anti-gay. The money trail speaks out loud and clear on that fact. So then what would cause someone, particularly the Chief Financial Officer and corporate treasurer of a Tuscon, Arizona, company to berate an employee who worked at a particular franchise?
Say what you will about a company. Call them out publicly if you feel the need. But do not, do not ever confront the employees of that company. The employees are absolutely powerless with regard to the activities of their company. Even if they are aware of what the company is doing or to where they are donating money, they may still believe themselves to be powerless to leave the company for fear of not being able to find another job before money runs out – voluntarily leaving a company voids any chance of unemployment benefits.
In the case of Chick-Fil-A, each individual location is a franchise. The franchises are independent of the corporation. If a corporation is donating money to causes with which you disagree, then call out the corporation. If an individual franchise is doing the same, call out that franchise. Use your power and natural right of speech against the corporation or franchise.
But do not, under any circumstances, confront the employees of that corporation or franchise. If you must confront anyone at a corporation or franchise, confront only the management, and only after you have confirmed they are management.