Cracker Barrel: We Screwed Up Big Time

Posted by jrsedivy 7 years, 7 months ago to Business
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I have only been loosely following the Duck Dynasty story, but this follow-up seems like a good example of the free market in action.
SOURCE URL: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/12/22/cracker-barrel-screwed-up-big-time/


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  • Posted by LetsShrug 7 years, 7 months ago
    Hmmm... I think their first decision should not be ignored. What a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to ..um..not offend...oops, now we've offended someone else...MAN! Now EVERYBODY'S offended. Shit! Ugh..what's our opinion again?? (Good grief America, Know where you stand...and then STAND no matter which way the wind blows today, tomorrow, or the next day.)
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    • Posted by 7 years, 7 months ago
      I had thought the same thing. Figure out the core values of your business and stick to them. Knee-jerk reactions to events very seldom result in good decisions. Many of the best businesses are polarizing in some regard. You can't make everyone happy.

      Why act so quickly to these events? Especially for a restaurant? Why not watch to see if revenue changes and then consider taking action? It looks as if this certainly has put them in a pickle.
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      • Posted by LetsShrug 7 years, 7 months ago
        And it's a pickle they deserve to be in... time for a little principle searching perhaps. What strong fear they must have of certain groups to denounce the words of a harmless man for answering a question honestly, and to pull his products off their shelves to appease said groups. One wonders if they pissed their pants in the process... wussification at it's peak. Sheesh
        (Hey..Wow...I have a "p" word thing going on in this that I didn't even realize.. Can I change 'wussification' to "pussification" just to end on a high note?)
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        • Posted by 7 years, 7 months ago
          Lol! Very true :)

          Imagine running your business like that. Media makes a statement based on Special Interest Group A, you immediately drop said product line. Special Interest Group B comes along and releases contradictory information so you place the product back on the shelves. And round and round we go. Where does it end? Whose business is it anyway?
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  • Posted by $ Maphesdus 7 years, 7 months ago
    Fail for seriously considering an opinion presented by anyone at the FRC. The FRC is a hate group, and should rightly be ignored.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/in...
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    • Posted by Eudaimonia 7 years, 7 months ago
      First you cite as a reference Think Progress, and now The Southern Poverty Law Center?
      Seriously?

      Here's what Discover The Networks has to say about The SPLC:
      http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/group...

      Better yet, here's what The SPLC had to say about Atlas Shrugged (Review halfway down the page)
      http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/in...

      Again, I appreciate your enthusiasm, but there are some contradictions you need to resolve.
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      • Posted by 7 years, 7 months ago
        The Atlas Shrugged review was negative? It actually seemed flattering to some extent :)

        I especially liked the first paragraph:

        "No far-right library is complete without this classic from screenwriter and “objectivist philosopher” Ayn Rand, an anticommunist activist and rabid atheist once described as a “gateway drug to the Right,” whose 1957 magnum opus ranked as the second-most-influential book in America (the Bible was most influential) in a 1991 poll."

        Doesn't "far-right" imply ultra religious? If so, would Atlas Shrugged really be required reading for far-right types?
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    • Posted by 7 years, 7 months ago
      I'm not familiar with the group as I was mostly intrigued that Cracker Barrel backpedaled in response to what I assumed was a free market response to their original action. However based on the information you provided, it may not be a free market response, but the response of another special interests group making the perception of a market response via inflated social media. Thanks for the information!
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      • Posted by $ Maphesdus 7 years, 7 months ago
        I know, it's not your fault. The fail wasn't on you, but rather on the Cracker Barrel for actually listening to the FRC and taking them seriously. Sorry if I implied otherwise. :)
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        • Posted by 7 years, 7 months ago
          No worries at all. I was just intrigued that I hadn't considered that angle. Now that I understand a bit more about the FRC it may be just that group playing against the other. Sometimes it can be frustrating about how deeply you need to read into this information :)
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