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Olive Garden, Red Lobster See Sharp Drop In Profits After Anti-Obamacare Campaign Backfires


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Kathy
- 635 days ago - thinkprogress.org
Ever since Darden Restaurants -- the owner of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains -- first announced its anti-Obamacare campaign, the company has had a tough couple of months. Darden admitted as much when it revised its predictions for latest quarterly



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Dan Mahony (0)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:01 pm
Great story, thanks. I refuse to eat at those restaurants too!
 

Terry V. (30)
Thursday December 20, 2012, 10:49 pm
thanks
 

Bill K. (23)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:51 am
we should all already be boycotting Red Lobster since they refuse to stop buying their fish from the same Canadian fisherman organizations behind the seal slaughter. but this just adds another reason to not spend money there.
 

Jane K. (10)
Friday December 21, 2012, 8:58 am
I will stay away from any restaurant or other business that tries these bully tactics. If you can't help the rest of us with health care then you don't deserve our business. They quickly forget that the reason they are in business at all is due to their customers. They did it all like most Republicans, well now they can keep their product cause I won't be buying it . Let's see how far that gets them.
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:08 am
They should have come on board with the winning team.
 

Debra B. (24)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:11 am
Thanks
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:23 am
Your purchasing power is one of the greatest weapons you have. I don't eat in restaurants as a rule but I do remember some of the worst shrimp and lobster tail at the Red Lobster; not to mention very poor cuisine at the Olive Garden; and poor quality steak at The Keg. A restaurant is a business. They purchase food wholesale from factory farm suppliers unless otherwise specified. It's all about profit. Why should they treat their workers any different?
 

Susan& Timothy Scholl (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 12:48 pm
I have avoided these restaurants if they offer their employees health care I will go back to them
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Friday December 21, 2012, 1:05 pm
I also have stopped eating at Olive Garden.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday December 21, 2012, 2:25 pm
Why worry about worker's health when you drop live animals into boiling water to make a profit? moo ha ha ca ching ca ching! $$$$$$
 

Dave C. (214)
Friday December 21, 2012, 3:16 pm
we've been boycotting.....
 

Past Member (0)
Friday December 21, 2012, 5:03 pm
Wow, I didn't know. I have some gift cards for Red Lobster. I should go eat there soon. I support any company which fights for liberty!
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday December 21, 2012, 8:31 pm
They brought it all upon themselves.
 

Diane L. (110)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:13 pm
Not sure I believe this. My birthday is Nov. 29th and my daughter took me to Olive Garden that week-end. The place was packed at 5:00 P.M. and it took over an hour to get a table. There were at least 100 or more people still waiting to be seated when we left at about 7:30 P.M.
 

James Maynard (68)
Friday December 21, 2012, 9:32 pm
y e a h !!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Susan Allen (221)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:09 pm
I don't eat at those restaurants either, but then I rarely eat out, but I totally believe in boycotting a company to get a point across. I was a customer of Papa Johns, but no more and Chik Fil A, nope on that one too. I never shop at Walmart. I have products I no longer use. I pass information on to as many people as I can. It will take "we, the people" sticking together and supporting one another to have our causes shared and taken seriously. United, we will prevail, as long as we don't give up.
 

Susan Allen (221)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:14 pm
It could be Diane L., that in your area you may not see it because you live in a progressive state when it comes to labor and labor issues, as well as healthcare. At least I've always thought Washington was a progressive state. I'd like to move to the NW; considering OR.
 

Diane L. (110)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:20 pm
Could be, Susan. We do have the highest minimum wage of any state, and they cannot deduct tips from a server's wages OR adjust that wage to take into consideration what that person MAY have earned in tips. My son lives in Oregon (Sheridan) and according to him, wages are pretty comparable, except they have a State Income Tax, while we have a State Sales Tax.
 

jo M. (3)
Friday December 21, 2012, 11:28 pm
I find it hard to believe that enough people even know about the issue, much less care, to make a difference in these businesses profits.
 

june t. (65)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 12:49 am
Never heard of it before. Thanks for the article
 

Kathy B. (98)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 6:10 am
Boycotting is a powerful tool, we need to use it more often. In some instances it may be the only way we can get our opinions heard.
 

monka blank (74)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 9:40 am
I agree with Kathy B. about the boycotting tool.
 

Aurea Walker (201)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 1:01 pm
Boycotting is a double edged sword, on the one hand you lower a companies profit margins so they lay off employees and of course the sociopath ceo's will never EVER take a cut in pay! I do business with my enemies not to benefit the fucorporations, but to empower the employees. Ok, I do draw the line at fukmart that fucorporation is a bridge TOO FAR FOR ME. Back to employees, tip a minimum of 20% of the total of your bill in cash and pay your bill with your credit card and add a $1.00 in the tip section. Then you get a win/win with the employees and your decency. I tip everywhere I go and try to live by paying it forward. As to the fucorporation, vote for BETTER MINIMUM WAGES AND WRITE TO THE CEO's hold them personally accountable for their immoral business practices. Yes, hold their feet et all to the fire of TRUTH! As dr. King said "we SHALL OVERCOME" even wussy Romney got the message the 47% can and do make a difference!
 

Kathlene Lentz (31)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 1:31 pm
Too Freaking bad! I only wish they'd lost MORE business.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:42 pm
GOOD!! How long before the rich believe in a consumer economy?
 

Claudia O. (73)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 2:56 pm
My family pays close attention to the corporations that ask us to buy their wares. We stay away from products that test on animals and we stay away from companies that do not treat their workers fairly. Much of our tax money goes to places we would rather it did not, but we do have control over the money that comes right out of our pocket to the merchants. They should wake up and see that we do pay attention to their agendas.
 

Richard Lehr (1)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 6:49 pm
They better think twice before they even threat cutting hours of employees because they don't want to pay for health insurance.
 

Diane L. (110)
Saturday December 22, 2012, 11:52 pm
Aurea, good points............HOWEVER, 20% is a bit much. Rule of thumb is 15% and that comes from wait people/servers. Yes, if you include a tip with the total bill and pay with a credit card, the cook and managers get a cut of it. If you tip with cash, the server doesn't necessarily always share it.

Now, for your reference to "XXXXmart", I am well aware of what retailer you are referring to, but that doesn't necessarily apply everywhere, and in my State (Washington), the employees there get at least $9.04/hour and benefits. I know several who work there and they love their jobs. Two at my local "Super Center" say they would work anywhere else, even if they could get hired. My next-door-neighbor's wife works at one, and I have become acquainted with two in my local one. That one has a woman for both store manager AND asst. mgr.
 

Ro H. (0)
Monday December 24, 2012, 10:18 am
karma
 

rene davis (74)
Wednesday December 26, 2012, 11:44 pm
thanks.
 
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