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08/10/2009

Hortons hears a you

by Jeremy Hooper

STEP 1: Pinpoint a completely inappropriate, completely homo-hostile corporate sponsorship

STEP 2: Voice your reasoned disapproval on this here Internet.

STEP 3: Sit back and watch the company go "Ruh Roh" as they realize the bad mojo that can come from serving up a biased cup of java:

Recently, Tim Hortons was approached in Rhode Island to provide free coffee and products for a local event, as we do thousands of times a year across Canada and the United States.

For 45 years, Tim Hortons and its store owners have practiced a philosophy of giving back to the communities in which we operate. As a company, our primary focus is on helping children and supporting fundraising events for non-profit organizations and registered charities.

For this reason, Tim Hortons has not sponsored those representing religious groups, political affiliates or lobby groups.
It has come to our attention that the Rhode Island event organizer and purpose of the event fall outside of our sponsorship guidelines. As such, Tim Hortons can not provide support at the event.

Tim Hortons Pulls Sponsorship from Anti-LGBT Event! [Change.org]

STEP 4: Offer to serve as the surrogate coffee provider at the Rhode Island anti-gay event, just as long as those in attendance promise to put a lid on both their caffeination and discrimination

STEP 5: Take your coffee and go home, as those who have drunk the church-state-married Kool-Aid will never go for your request for them to keep their biased personal views out of civil governance.

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Your thoughts

Everyone stand back.. Maggie's blood pressure's gotta be shooting through the roof.. At any minute it's likely that she's gonna blow!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 10, 2009 4:22:34 PM

I think this is why blogs are amazing. When I talked to them on the phone, they conveyed to me that it was unacceptable that a local store would sponsor such an event--corporations are not omniscient, and without the blogosphere, this event might have still been sponsored by Tim Hortons--no because the the company believes in Anti-gay groups, but because they wouldn't have known to stop it!

I wish I could read the cease and desist letter that NOM gets from their lawyers. :)

Posted by: Ezra Horne | Aug 10, 2009 4:56:08 PM

Don't be silly... Maggie doesn't have blood.

Posted by: TMorl. | Aug 10, 2009 5:40:33 PM

If there is a best blog article title category anywhere this year, I nominate "Horton hears a you." ^_^

Posted by: PM | Aug 10, 2009 6:07:38 PM

CBC Canada explains that a local or regional rep, not a franchise, apparently goofed up after being approached by an NOM advisory board member.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/2009/08/10/tim-hortons-marriage023.html

Timmy's should have done its homework, but hopefully all's well that ends well.

Unfortunately, Blount Fine Foods continues to sponsor the NOM antigay rally. Pressure will have to be mounted against Legal Sea Foods and perhaps Panera Bread for doing business with Blount.

Posted by: Mike Airhart, TWO | Aug 10, 2009 6:34:54 PM

FYI, Blount commented to TWO and to other bloggers, and I quote:

The following should be attributed to Blount Fine Foods of Fall River, Massachusetts.

“Corporate philanthropy and good citizenship has been part of Blount’s mission since inception. In keeping with that, we have a long track record of donating Blount-brand chowder and other products to all non-profits in our home area that request it for events. These donations of soup are just simple gestures of goodwill and were certainly not intended to be interpreted otherwise. It’s very concerning to us that anyone would think otherwise and as a result, we will review our policy going forward.”

Posted by: Mike Airhart, TWO | Aug 10, 2009 6:37:11 PM

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Margaret

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Posted by: Margaret | Aug 12, 2009 1:24:42 AM

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