“…don’t shop at my business…”


The Camping World CEO figures your political and social beliefs are his business.

DaTechGuy Blog:

Apparently the CEO of Camping World has decided that instead of concentrating on providing his customer base with camping products and fine customer service to grow a business, which is what a CEO is hired to do, he has decided that the portion of his customer base who voted for Donald Trump are not longer welcome at their locations all over the United States.

Just in case you don’t want to click on the MSNBC link above:

Serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis had some choice words on Wednesday about those who may support President Donald Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

So, if I come to a Democratic fundraiser and cause violence…will MSNBC refer to it as a “violent Democratic Fundraiser?”  I’m not absolving the supremacists who came, just wondering if there’s a standard way of referring to a violent clash between hundreds of people who are angry and wrong…and thousands of people who are angry and wrong.

“There’s no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple days and if they are, quite frankly, don’t shop at my business,” said Lemonis, who is CEO of Camping World and host of CNBC’s “The Profit.”Image result for camping world

He has a perfect right to cut his company’s profits by chasing away customers. In fact, if more CEOs took this strategy, more companies would earn less and CEO salaries would decline…which is a goal of the left anyway.

Walmart carries almost all the accessories that are needed for a camping family like mine. Any camper specific accessory can be had online. When I was last in a Camping World, the staff was pretty unhelpful. They are much more interested in selling big campers, than helping out someone who has a problem with an existing unit.

We don’t need your company. We will go to your competitor.

The MSNBC story notes that he has issued an apology. I don’t care.

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From Hoovers.com

Camping World Holdings, Inc. Competition

Camping World customers are happy campers. The firm is one the largest retailers of RV and camping accessories and maintenance supplies. Its 10,000-plus products, usually unavailable at general merchandise retailers, are promoted via website, catalogs, and 120 retail locations in 36 states. Camping World also rents and sells new and used RVs and provides repair and collision services, such as bodywork and interior appliance fixes, at more than 500 service bays. Other services include RV and auto insurance and refinancing. Founded in 1966 by David Garvin, Camping World went public in 2016.

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13 Responses to “…don’t shop at my business…”

  1. Neal N. Bob says:

    Unfortunately, when religious businesses feel that they have an interest in the sexual orientation of their customers and some have implied that tech companies have an obligation to provide services to neo-Nazis, it’s hard to for me to get all that outraged about this.

    If corporations have a speech and conscience rights, corporations have a speech and conscience rights.

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    • Grace says:

      “If corporations have a speech and conscience rights, corporations have a speech and conscience rights.”

      I am not sure you’d find many around these parts that would argue with that sentiment.

      However… you may find some who, too, believe they have “speech and conscience rights” and use their wallets to express them.

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      • Neal N. Bob says:

        Not exactly. Let’s go back to the Christian baker example.

        If a gay business were to refuse service to Christian customers, they would be shut down because civil rights protections DO extend to religion. If there were an organized boycott of a Christian business, the same would arguably be the case.

        Some people don’t have the power of the wallet because the government specifically protects them.

        That some people aren’t lining up to surrender those protections, while insisting that they be denied to others says more about them than I ever could.

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      • Neal N. Bob says:

        Moreover, I’ve heard some argue that Facebook and Twitter are “violating their rights” based on their political opinions, but political opinions have precisely the same protection in the private sector that sexual orientation does.

        I don’t really care what people are outraged by, I just wish that they’d be more consistent about it.

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    • wjjhoge says:

      The difference between the small-business people who have been harassed and, in some cases, destroyed financially and the Camping World CEO is consequences of their beliefs. The leftists offended by the bakers and photographers didn’t respect the business owners’ beliefs and find another businesses to serve their needs. They used the power of the state to punish those small businesses. AFAIK, there haven’t been very many (or, perhaps, any) calls for Camping World to be forced by a government agency to sell goods to Trump voters. The general reaction from Trump voters seems to be that they will respect Mr. Lemonis’ desire and not trouble him with their trade.

      I’ve been a Camping World customer for over 30 years, and I didn’t support Trump in the last election, but I will now take my business elsewhere whenever possible.

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    • onwyrdsdream says:

      I’m with the faction that thinks intentionally excluding people for any reason whatsoever or no reason at all should be within the rights of a business or individual. When we’re talking about the Jim Crow laws, they came into existence because those people excluded by certain businesses were welcomed by others. The businesses which decided to be racist were suffering due to their own policies, thus wanted those policies enforced on others. Straight democrat continuum line of thinking that, I don’t want to do business X way thus I must get the government to ban all my competitors from doing business X way. Jim Crow (and it’s inverse, anti-exclusion laws), minimum wage, laws about how long you’re allowed to work, laws about who you can or can’t hire, all cut from the same cloth. Which isn’t to say the actions of the government in any of these cases are entirely wrong.

      That said, it is pretty stupid to claim that half the country is racist because they voted for the person running against Hillary Clinton. I don’t particularly want to give my money to someone who thinks I’m secretly part of the KKK, either. He doesn’t have to exclude me, as just hearing that I’m unlikely to seek out the opportunity to do business with him or his firm. After all, I’m sure some small amount of those profits which flow into his hands further flow into the hands of democrats the likes of Hilary Clinton.

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  2. gmhowell says:

    Based on my experiences with people who own campers, they are probably disproportionately Trump voters. Tenters may go the other way a bit, but you gotta sell a lot of tents to make up for the marginal profit on one camper.

    On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 1:12 PM, The Artisan Craft Blog — Dave Alexander & Company with David Edgren and Gus Bailey wrote:

    > Dave Alexander (formerly ukuleledave) posted: “The Camping World CEO > figures your political and social beliefs are his business. DaTechGuy Blog: > Apparently the CEO of Camping World has decided that instead of > concentrating on providing his customer base with camping products and fine > customer service” >

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  3. wjjhoge says:

    IANAL, but IIRC, California has state civil rights laws with ban discrimination on the basis of political affiliation. Facebook and Twitter are both California companies.

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    • wjjhoge says:

      It was the left-dominated California legislature that passed the Bane Civil Rights Law, and left-dominated California businesses should be required to obey their state’s laws.

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      • Dr_Mike says:

        And exactly who appoints the judges?

        Not that I’m trying to throw cold water on things. I’m expecting that you expect a shower of wet ice cubes, not a lovely shower, when you proceed on this course.

        Not saying what should be, saying what is…

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  4. JorgXMcKie says:

    Hmmm. There’s a Camping World lot within 20 minutes of me. I have some free time next week and my credit is pretty good. Maybe I’ll drive down in my pickup and negotiate [and not real hard like I usually do] for the most expensive one I could in theory afford. Get all the paper work for a loan done and then refuse to “sign on the dotted line” and tell the salesperson [surely a male, darned sexists] that I really can’t do it, because even though I didn’t vote for Trump I know and like many people who did and his CEO just doesn’t want my business. Waste a few hours and send a small message.

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