On January 10, the long awaited Chick-fil-a opened just outside Dripping Springs creating much excitement for those looking for a new place to eat. However, for some students the opening of this chain restaurant brought only sour feelings. It is widely known that Chick-fil-a puts their money towards anti-LGBT organizations saying it goes against their religion. For senior Lily Sethre-Brink, these actions strongly affect where she puts her money.
“I refuse to eat at Chick-fil-a. I won’t give them my money,” she states. “Their CEO is very homophobic.”
Sethre-Brink doesn’t feel this way just because of the restaurant’s beliefs but because of their actions taken and the money they provide to certain organizations.
“There are allegations that they wouldn’t hire people that are gay,” she said, but although these allegations were proven false the senior “doesn’t necessarily agree with the evidence they have for that.”
However, Sethre-Brink isn’t one to go around hating on restaurants, and even says that she thinks that their chicken tastes great, but when it comes to social issues, she has to do things that won’t affect people negatively.
“There are a lot of social issues that are discriminatory or that spew hate, and that’s not anything that I want to support,” she said. “[Nobody should] enforce their morals on another person.”
Although these are issues Sethre-Brink focuses on, for some students, like junior John Mihaly, these opinions do not really affect where he puts his money whether they agree with his views or not.
“There are more important things to be concerned about than a company’s affiliations,” he said.
Mihaly is sometimes a bit more concerned with a company and their religious affiliations.
However, for Mihaly, the Chick-fil-a controversy doesn’t affect him a lot. Although he does not mind people that have strong feelings towards the company, he suggests they should not put their money towards the company if that is how they feel.
“I think we have a lot bigger things to deal with than to get upset about someone who eats fried chicken,” Mihaly said.
For Lily Sethre-Brink, there are also much bigger problems to deal with as well, but starting with a company that highly promotes against a certain thing is just a start. It is easier to begin with the facts that are known.
“A much larger problem is child labor and average things like that, or not treating workers correctly,” she said. “That is a much larger problem, and it is sometimes harder to find out which company does that without really researching.”
Although Sethre-Brink and Mihaly have opposing views, in the end, they both think there are far larger problems to be focusing on concerning issues that go beyond the food world.
“That is something I could really use improvement on,” Sethre-Brink said, “knowing which companies are committing human rights abuses.”
Written by Jami Holms, Staff Writer