Methodist or not, after reading that, I have no intention of going to Taco Bell for quite sometime. I mean read some of this..
"According to the petition, tomato-pickers for Taco Bell's major supplier in Immokalee, Fla., make an average of 40 cents a 32-pound bucket with no pay raise in 20 years. It also said some workers are held against their will in what amounts to slavery."
"Chavez elaborated, saying that for most of his 26 years he rose at 4 a.m. to pick tomatoes for 12 to 14 hours, 365 days a year. As examples of slavery, he said some pickers were forced to remain in the fields at gunpoint, and that one who tried to escape was taken from the work camp, had both knees broken with a hammer and was thrown from a van going 40 mph."
Based on their pay rate, a worker would have to pick some 2 tons of tomatoes to make $50.00! Incredible that such stuff still happens here in the US.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
Seb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 10690 posts, RR: 16 Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1277 times:
I think also it is a regoinal thing. The Taco Bells on the West Coast get their tomatoes from California. I have never heard this about those tomato pickers before. I think, also, we should boycott strawberry and onion sellers as the migrant workers are paid by the basket and forced to work long days in the hot sun. Feel better? What about boycotting all fast food on the basis of the only benefit the workers get is the pay. People boycott Wal-Mart for the same reason.
WellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1240 times:
Just imagine if people boycotted everything because a corporation did something they didn't like. Everyone would be boycotting everything. I'm just glad they're picking the tomatoes and not me. Also, I hope they're not doing anything particularly disgusting to them while picking.
In fact, I may get Taco Bell today. Sorry. But I promise I'll think of those workers while I'm eating.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 18, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1039 times:
My boycott of Taco Bell has begun as of 2 days ago. Let's just say that I thought I was going to have to go to the doctor. What that meal did to my stomach and bowels required my swift immediate departure from work.
Nonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1289 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
So at 69 cents a taco, what do you figure your boycot has cost them Nonrevman?
$1.38?? Plus sales tax?
A bit more than that. Usually i get a 7 layer burrito and one of the value meals--about 6-7$ where I live. I went there a few times a month too. Likely, my wife and I wont eat there again, nor will some of the other people I have talked to based on a similar experience. Sure, we will not cause them to go bankrupt, but we certainly will not be eating there again. It was not the first time that my stomach has not agreed with a Taco Bell meal, but it was certainly the worst episode. Something was definitely wrong with the food or the way it was prepared or served.
747400F From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1004 times:
"Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should put China and the US on the boycot list aswell - only it could prove difficult to do.
Okko From Finland, joined Aug 2003, 91 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 996 times:
...and I boycotted the Danish war (2nd world war) museum in Copenhagen because of the Danish government's actions, i.e. handing the country over to a foreign state overnight. Apart from this I don't mind buying Danish products or services, and I even used to work for a Danish company.
Cwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 18 Reply 24, posted (9 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 967 times:
I started boycotting Taco Bell years ago, when it was discovered that they were using Meat Substitute. lol
Anyway, this isn't something that should lead to boycotts! It is an excellent illustration of the Mexican government's welfare program at work, and all of its grand possibilities! Send them north into virtual slavery and then lobby the US government and the governments of assorted states to allow them access to taxpayer services like food stamps and education and medicaid....
Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
25 Jcs17: Yeah, thats bad news and its terrible, especially if those people were legal US immigrants. However, if they were illegal immigrants, then I'm not she
26 JAL777: "Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should
27 Greg: Boycott Taco Bell? Hell no! Where else can you go and get 27 food items made from the same five ingredients..? It's marketing genious. Baja Chalupas f
28 Unattendedbag: "Everybody boycots something" - well I personally would never buy anything from Israel.All of course due to actions of the israeli government. Should
29 KBUF737: It wouldn't be hard to boycott Taco Bell if you all had Mighty Taco. Its a Western NY franchise and it is by far better than Taco Bell. This is truly
30 JAL777: Israel makes airplanes? They make alot of the components for them.
31 Dash8King: So I guess you don't own any Nike wear then?