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David Hogg, Publix, And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

David Hogg, Publix, And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Hogg urges “die-in” at Publix, Publix suspends all political contributions, including those to Planned Parenthood

Parkland activist David Hogg has carved out a special place in the hearts and minds of the uber-left and is thoroughly enjoying every minute, seeming at times drunk with the power he perceives he possesses.

Hogg has no power on his own, of course, but he does have substantial power bestowed upon him by the targets of his destructive activism, power that Publix, at least, acknowledges as it suspends political donations in light of Hogg’s anti-Second Amendment, anti-NRA “die-in” effort.

What Hogg, like so many of his leftist cohorts, forgets is the rule of unintended consequences.  Hogg can claim victory since Publix will no longer be supporting the NRA, but he loses that notch because Publix will also no longer support Planned Parenthood.

Publix, for those of you who are not from the South or are not familiar with it, is a grocery store chain based in Florida and serving many Southern states.  I used to like shopping at Publix, but their prices in my Northwest Florida area have become ridiculous (when I can save a dollar or more on the same brand of most items by heading to Winn Dixie, I’m not shopping at Publix).

Hogg targeted Publix as an “NRA sellout” because they supported Adam Putnam (R) for Florida governor; Putnam has an A+ NRA rating and has received substantial campaign contributions from the NRA.

From there, Hogg determined that a “die-in” in Publix supermarkets would be a good way to bully Publix into disavowing Putnam.  According to CNN, Publix has donated $670,00 to Putnam over three years.

He wasn’t wrong.  Publix caved . . . sort of.

Hogg, however, thinks that people ignoring the “die-in” kids is “literally perfect symbolism of America’s indifference to gun violence.”^tfw

That’s not what I see.  These people aren’t shrieking at the die-in kids for causing them anxiety, they aren’t demanding a safe space retreat replete with Play-doh and coloring books, they aren’t whinging on about how the die-in frightens and threatens them because it’s thinly-disguised actual “violence,” they aren’t demanding the sit-in kids be removed under threat of looting for triggering them, and they aren’t in any way advocating “gun violence.”   That there are stupid people lying around on the floor has undoubtedly been noted, but these people are shopping for groceries, something most people do at Publix.

This, to me, is the typical response to leftist histrionics: see it, note it, ignore it, go about your normal business.

Personally, I’m happy to see the left go berserk over things like this “literally perfect symbolism of America’s indifference to gun violence.”  Such an hyperbolic, emotional response is so over the top, so insane, that normal people will be turned off in droves.

The busybody left just can’t help themselves.  We have to participate in and enthusiastically embrace their every high-pitched shriek of social injustice or we are “indifferent” to [insert outrage of the hour flogged by the perpetually outraged].  You will be made to care.

Tolerance in any form, we are assured, cannot be tolerated.


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They can get away with that in Florida because people down there don’t own crampons. Now where did I put those Black Diamonds Saber-tooths? 😉

Could someone explain to me how this isn’t racketeering and trespassing?

We’ve let the left mau-mau companies since the sixties. Good for us yay we respect freedom of speech so much we’re willing to make a racket out of it.

buckeyeminuteman | May 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Would have been a good day to wear a kilt to Publix to do my grocery shopping.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | May 26, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    LOL. I have a kilt, now I need to see if there’s a Publix nearby. (Me own da was born in Motherwell, Scotland, while me mither were born County Cork, Ireland).

    Henry Hawkins in reply to buckeyeminuteman. | May 26, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    That’s teice in a week you got me giggling. I think it’s time at this point in our relationship to tell you I’m a Michigan native and a die-hard, lifelong Wolverine fan.

      buckeyeminuteman in reply to Henry Hawkins. | May 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      Shame to hear you’re a fan of TTUN. I won’t hold it against you though, not everyone is lucky enough to get to be a Buckeye. Most OSU fans love to see you guys lose. Personally, any time a Big Ten team wins, it’s a win for us all. Thanks for identifying yourself as such though. I’ve seen your posts on here for a long time now. Nice to know a little back story about some of the long time commenters.

I thought these people were going to ‘lie in’ in the parking lot. Entering the store is trespassing and the cops should have been called to remove them. Personally, being quite clumsy, would probably have stepped on someone.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to TimothyJ. | May 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Same here. I might have trodden upon hands, ankles, kneecaps, and wrists to regain balance.

    Sanddog in reply to TimothyJ. | May 26, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I can be really clumsy sometimes, I’m afraid I would have stumbled and accidentally kicked someone in the head. Or I would have lost control of my cart while it was heading at a high rate of speed towards the bodies on the floor.

    And no, I don’t care if they’re “kids”. In truth, they’re teenagers and if they get hurt doing something stupid, they earned it.

    JohnC in reply to TimothyJ. | May 26, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    That’s what I keep thinking. Why aren’t they just dragged out of the store? That’s private property. Protesting outside is one thing. Walking into someone’s business and shutting it down is another.

    The only explanation I can come up with is Publix never called the police.

      SDN in reply to JohnC. | May 27, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Because it would be a PR and probably civil and criminal disaster for Publix and its’ individual employees.

Dammit, why can’t these sorts of things happen where I live?! I’d have been walking and rolling my shopping cart all over them. Oops! Sorry! He he he! Sorry! Whoops! He he he!

I would like to see many more companies do the same as Publix and not contribute to anyone. Preaching at me when I just want to buy stuff is not a good business practice.

    Anchovy in reply to irv. | May 26, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    When companies give money to various causes they are, in effect, forcing you to make a charitable donation to that cause. Most people are smart enough to pick and choose what organization they wish to support and how much they want to give.

    By the way, who do you think pays for donations by corporations? WE DO – IN PRICES.

    rotten in reply to irv. | May 27, 2018 at 10:36 am

    They contribute to causes because Politicians shake them down for money.

Henry Hawkins | May 26, 2018 at 8:01 pm

“…that Publix, at least, acknowledges as it suspends political donations…”

Can’t say about any specific company, but I’ll flat guarantee you that if the CEOs of ten companies like Publix say they’re suspending political donations, nine of them will get the money there some other way, lol, i.e., what they’re suspending is *public* political donations. Who doesn’t want it both ways if they can do it? So, the CEO appeases the SJWs outwardly, while on the down-low they make their political donations, because the loss of whatever political influence they’re buying would be a far worse thing than any flavor-of-the-week-outrage SJW shakedown.

Vote. With. Your. Pocketbook.

healthguyfsu | May 26, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Time for an unintentional slip and fall.

    MNCPO in reply to healthguyfsu. | May 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Time for me to wear stilettos and just happen to accidentally stumble upon one’s groin area, maybe two or three times.

Cleanup! Dairy Isle!

No David, those people that don’t seem to “care” are really just doing what good parents do when toddlers have temper tantrums.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 26, 2018 at 9:13 pm

I’d have shopped, stepping long hair (see picture), hands, or whatever I had to step on to reach what I wished to buy.

DouglasJBender | May 26, 2018 at 9:27 pm

“Clean up in Aisle 3!! And Aisle 4. And 5… .”

mochajava76 | May 26, 2018 at 9:31 pm

Love the comments on dropping or spilling items. That’s the first thing I thought of.

If I had tripped on a “protestor” and worsened my back issue, could I have sued the protestors and Hogg as well as Publix? Hogg will do more of these unless there is some financial pain involved. I don’t think losing PP is enough, as they will just trumpet the NRA loss of $$.

I love people who do these kind of things to protest “violence”. They totally miss the point that they would be unable to inconvenience other people if they actually lived in a violent culture. Do this in San Salvador and you would be limping out of the store bleeding, if you were lucky.

Now, if Publix was smart, the store would treat this as the huge potential liability problem that it is. If the management allows these idiots to lie around blocking the aisles and someone trips, this is no different then leaving a a spill on the floor. The management should call the police and have every single protestor arrested. They should issue trespass warning to every individual and their immediate families and bar them from shopping at Publix stores anywhere in the US. Then, they should file suit against every single protestor and, for those under 18, their parents for disrupting their business . Cost these little ba****ds, and their parents some money and see how fast this crap comes to a screeching halt.

Get between me an my Cozy Shack pudding and there will be trouble.

I think Publix should sue the hell out of them for lost business. Public squares are for protest, not businesses.

This is such stomp your feet little spoil brat crap. People have their lives to live and some snot face in getting in the way.

Time to inject some reality in to these twerps and hold them accountable for the damages they are causing.

Clean up in isle 5 looks like we need a lot of bleach beach of all the $%it there.

I wonder if that megaphone would hold an entire venti mochacaramel frappachino. Such an enticing target, and a treat for all the bugs outside.

Decent people will see this as a childish move and the Hogg-guy will lose support for that reason alone.

Publix makes the best deli sandwiches. I really miss being able to get a hoggs head ultimate on white bread. My favorite.

I was lucky to get to spend Saturday with some very nice young people who support gun violence. The draw was the Thunderbirds, but visiting with the young folks and getting to see some of their toys was the high point of my day. My favorite toy was the AC-130. The 30mm was cool, but the 105mm was real bad ass. It was a great day. Thanks, Cannon.

practicalconservative | May 27, 2018 at 7:06 am

These protesters look like a gaggle of two year olds throwing a temper tantrum. In the photograph, Mommy is just ignoring them. Sweet.

Bucky Barkingham | May 27, 2018 at 7:37 am

The real slaughter occurs on the streets of minority neighborhoods, but it’s so much safer and more comfortable to stage a die-in in an air conditioned supermarket in a white middle class neighborhood than on the mean streets.

I guess it’s pretty hard to know where to contribute since downstream there may be something you don’t want to support. I understand the business need to contribute to the community, but it’s a daunting task to know where to put your money without making half your customers angry.

kenoshamarge | May 27, 2018 at 9:43 am

According to a friend who lives in South Carolina and “was” a Publix customer she now will spend her money at Winn-Dixie.

She went yesterday and says she found the prices better so this is a win-win for her.

And of course for Winn-Dixie.

I live in Miami, where Publix is everywhere.
Their prices are kind of high, but we shopped there most of the time for a number of reasons. You could say that it was worth to pay the markup.
However, for me their corporate cowardice counts. I think it’s a good thing that they will no longer give to PP, but that is not enough “good” to cancel the “bad”.
I personally believe in leaving politics out of business. There are no winners when we do that, but as long as the left keeps using that strategy, we have no choice. From now on I may still shop at Publix occasionally, but only as a last resort choice.

I hate to bust everyone’s bubble, but based on the evidence given I think this whole story is without foundation. Publix promised to stop making political donations. I see no reason to suppose that it will stop donating to the YWCA, the United Way, or Susan G. Komen. I see no evidence that it ever gave money to Democrat political campaigns. It doesn’t even seem to have given anything to Planned Parenthood. So Hogg’s victory seems complete, damn him.

Did a Broward Coward stop by for some arugula and dates?