Are you boycotting BP?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Pisces_Fish, Jun 24, 2010.

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Are you banning BP?

  1. Yes, I am banning BP

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  2. No, I am not banning BP

    26.7%
  3. I'll buy my gas anywhere, BP or otherwise

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  4. I'm already loyal to another company (Shell, Mobil, etc.)

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  1. Pisces_Fish

    Pisces_Fish Fanatic

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    Just wondering what other people are doing, not trying to start a debate...

    Edit to add...

    The choices should say boycotting, not banning, but it won't let me fix it. Ooops.
     
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  3. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    No, I am not boycotting BP. Most of the gas stations are franchises run by ordinary folk who are just trying to make a living. Boycotting them serves only to make life just as difficult for their families as the oil spill is making for the other thousands and thousands of people involved.
     
  4. catnfiddle

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    If you're going to boycott BP gas, make sure to go to the stations selling it but only buy merchandise from their convenience stores. The people who run the stations are part of a franchise who make very little cash from the gas they sell. Buying from the convenience shops will keep the innocent owners from bankruptcy while walking past the pumps won't hurt them.

    To be honest, most BP mini-marts have decent stuff and are sometimes the only outlet for fresh produce in the area. They can live without selling the gas!
     
  5. sue35

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    If anyone is boycotting BP I urge you to know just what you need to do for it to be effective. BPs are franchises so in the short run you are just hurting a local businessman, not BP.

    Also you will have to boycott a lot of other brands, not just BP gas stations. The only real way to know that you are effectively banning BP is to stop buying gas altogether

    http://consumerist.com/2010/06/when-you-boycott-bp-gas-stations-bp-profits.html
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    I will not boycott a local business in an attempt to hurt a big corporation. I know someone who owns quite a few BP stations, and he's a really upstanding guy. I see no reason to stop doing business with him when he was not directly responsible for the oil spill.

    If we knew what the other oil companies were really doing, we'd probably be shocked, too.
     
  7. JustMe

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    I wasn't going to purchase gas from BP until I realized it would only hurt the little man...and then I realized I don't visit any BPs anyhow!

    I haven't put gas in my car since school dismissed a few weeks ago. Oh, the benefits of doing nothing. :)
     
  8. dizzykates

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    Aside from the fact some poor business man is trying to make a living at that station, I figure BP needs to money to clean up the mess they made!
     
  9. Peachyness

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    Really, I would prefer just to walk and bike everywhere and get rid of cars completely!!!
     
  10. catnfiddle

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    I don't buy gas too much either, but I DO buy coffee and an occasional lunch from a convenience store. The BP around the corner has a surprisingly good lunch counter so I tend to hit that when I'm in a pinch. Will definitely keep doing so!
     
  11. silverspoon65

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    There isn't one around me. But if I was out and about and I had a choice of two gas stations, I would probably choose the non-BP station.

    I don't see how the fact that they are independently owned really makes a difference if you want to boycott them. Many companies are independently owned or franchised. If you don't like something about it, don't go. That's what comes with choosing to associate with a brand rather than choosing to open your own name and store. There are lots of perks and also some negatives.
     
  12. Sarge

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    I honestly haven't bought gas since about a month before the spill, so I don't know.

    But Peachyness is right. The best boycott is to boycott all of them.
     
  13. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Not one near me. I buy gas at the best cost I can find. Not a fan of Citgo either because of Hugo Chavez, but I am empathetic to the 'small business owners' who own/run the gas stations and have nothing to do with the oil spill/politics.
     
  14. MissCeliaB

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    I am not particularly boycotting BP, but I am being more conscious of my gas use. I'm recycling more plastics, setting the AC higher, combining trips or walking when possible, turning out lights, etc. I already drive a hybrid car, so I use less gas anyway. I also check the air in my tires and all my fluids and things in my car to make it more fuel efficient.
     
  15. jwteacher

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    I would only boycott BP if they did not pay for every penny of this mess. The second they dump this on the taxpayers is the day they permanently lose me as a customer.

    Even as incompetent as BP is in stopping the leak, so far BP seems to be holding to their word of civil accountability.
     
  16. Ms. I

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    There's no BP around me anyway & even if there was, I don't go there. I go to mainly Costco, sometimes Unocal or Chevron.
     
  17. runsw/scissors

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    I have never bought from bp because they are more expensive than any of the other stations around, but I wouldn't boycott them either. The station owners don't have anything to do with the oil spill in the Gulf. It's not their fault, and boycotting would only hurt them and their families. I don't see how boycotting would do much to hurt bp corporate either. They are already losing billions of dollars; my $23 at the pump won't even be a blip on their radar.
     
  18. Love to Teach

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    :agreed: Why add more victims to an already all too tragic list? Boycotting them would possibly jeopardize damage payments, also.
     
  19. Major

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    Really Peachyness??....... You sound very dedicated.... Do you really intend to ride your bike...... or walk... EVERYWHERE you go???

    That's a lot of pedaling and walking.... Most people are not up to that...:)
     

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