When I was a senior in high school, I worked at Burger King. It is slightly ironic because my name is Wendy (and yes, I got comments about that all the time!). One day a woman came in and wanted to speak with our manager, because she felt we should do away with the plastic ketchup packets and install ketchup dispensers because of the environment. This was the early 90s, so green was not quite as popular back then (remember AquaNet?)
I honestly didn’t know what to tell her; I highly doubted that our middle aged manager with bright blue eye shadow could do anything about ketchup packets anyway; that seemed like a corporate decision. And yet somehow, all these years later, I have become one of those people.
Except it’s not ketchup packets I’m protesting. Nor is it always the same thing; and when a friend of mine left a “the full soy story” pamphlet at a restaurant as we left, I didn’t even blink an eye. I’ve also been known to leave a card at restaurants that say:
I’ve printed, but never used, a card that asks retailers for more fair trade options.
So, when Collective Bias asked for people to infiltrate Starbucks, I signed up. You can see the story here:
How about you? Have you ever spoken out about something?