Before I go there, I am going to warn you. I am breaking one of my cardinal rules.
I am talking, actually ranting, about current events on a highly politicized topic.
Feel free to simply mark as read and carry on, there will not be a quiz on this information.
Here is a picture of our new kitten to check out as a way of saying thanks for stopping by.
Ok, here goes, lats chance to bail….
Alrighty, you must be morbidly curious as to what pissed me off.
In short, I am pissed at the short-sightedness of people.
I just read a series of news articles about complete idiots that have gotten it into their heads to boycott BP gas stations as a way of “punishing” BP for its destroying the Gulf of Mexico. Some businesses are reporting anywhere from a 20 to 40 percent drop in sales as part of this.
There are people picketing the stations with signs of oil fouled wildlife, and slogans bashing BP for the disaster.
Exactly what the hell are these people smoking?
Have they never heard the word franchise?
WAKE THE HELL UP YOU MORONS, BP DOES NOT OWN THOSE GAS STATIONS. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS THAT LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD DO.
Neighbors who are likely even more pissed off at BP than you are.
Neighbors that have contracts that prevent them from simply calling up another company and turning their station into a Shell or something.
Even if people in America could somehow successfully boycott all of BP’s product here in the states (and it’s impossible) that would still leave over 60% of their profits intact through overseas sales. Thats not even including the fact that they could simply sell their oil to different customers in the states.
After all, they are into bulk sales and distribution. Even if every BP station in America was driven out of business they would just sell their gas wholesale to other branded stations.
The me phrase this in a way that they might understand….
YOU CANNOT DESTROY A WORLDWIDE WHOLESALER BY BOYCOTTING THE STORES THEY SELL TO IN A CERTAIN REIGON.
Boycotting BP gas in American gas stations will hurt BP corporate just about as much Fruit of the Loom would be hurt if people at all the Wal-Marts in Nebraska boycotted their underwear .
Want to do something that will make a freaking difference?
Take all that pent-up energy and all the extra money folks are spending whipping people up into a frenzy over this and invest it into something that really will destroy them.
Technology that will replace oil, not just in cars, but as a means of energy production.
Now that will hurt them.
Unless, while folks are tilting at windmills and screaming into the vacuum the energy companies are the ones that come up with their own replacement.
If that’s the case then they will own the world’s economy for another hundred years.
Maybe a thousand who the hell knows.
What I do know is that after work I need to stop and get gas.
I plan to hit up the BP that’s right down the street.
The protestors can just get the hell out of my way.