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Politics with polenta

Written By Administrator On October 16, 2008

Would you eat at a restaurant that displays signs for the opposition candidate?

I just drove past a restaurant that had three signs for a presidential candidate out front. I think it’s insane for a business — any type of business — to show partisanship; you automatically alienate half your potential customers. (Or, if current polls are correct, 53 or 42 percent.)
Yes, restaurant owners are entitled to show their support for their favorite candidate. But to do so sends a message to the customer that if you eat there you should support that candidate too.
I commented on this to a friend and mentioned the restaurant I referred to above. I know my friend has eaten there before. “Good,” he said when I told him which candidate the restaurant supports, “now I know not to spend any more of my money there.”
So I’m wondering, would a sign for a candidate you don’t support stop you from eating at a restaurant? Or, would a sign out front that supports your choice for president make you want to eat there?
Click on comments and we’ll conduct our own frighteningly unscientific poll.

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