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    Oct 22, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    Recently I have been in a dispute with another member of my family. They put up a Romney sign on a store owned by the family. (On the main door) I think that a business place is not the place for any political signs. I also think that it is better regardless to remain neutral for business purposes. I think some people might drive on past the store because they are not for Romney and it could have negative effects on business and no positive effects. I would feel the same way regardless of who the politician is. They argue that it is their freedom of speech and is very important to them. What do you think about the situation?
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    Oct 22, 2012 7:01 PM GMT
    If they had posted an Obama sign, would you have bothered to post?
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Oct 22, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    mtguy333 saidI think that a business place is not the place for any political signs. I also think that it is better regardless to remain neutral for business purposes.


    I agree. It's just not good business practice to make political statements because you are sure to alienate someone.
  • Webster666

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    Oct 22, 2012 7:27 PM GMT
    It's their store, and they can put up any political sign they want.

  • jock_1

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    Oct 22, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    When we had the recall of Gov Walker here in Wisconsin union thugs were going around to businesses telling them to put "blue fist" support unions signs in their store windows or they would be targeted for boycotts. It failed miserably on the unions as the public instead wagered "buy"cotts for the stores that refused the unions demands. Its any store owners right to put what ever they want in thier store windows. If the public chooses to shop or not to shop there, that is up to each individual to decide if its proper or not.
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    Oct 24, 2012 3:02 AM GMT
    451no saidIf they had posted an Obama sign, would you have bothered to post?


    Yes I would. It is not about who the sign is for but the fact that people feel strongly for both candidates and may be turned away from the business.
  • Timbales

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    Oct 24, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    If the store is owned by more than one person, then I think all parties should agree on any sign posted.
  • coolarmydude

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    Oct 24, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    If I had a business, it would be policy to not display any candidate's sign. I would allow signs relating to issue advocacy as it pertains to the impact of my business.

    I would also promote the civic duty of voting.

    As to your specific issue, mtguy333, you said that the store is owned by the family. Are you part owner? If yes, seek a lawyer about it. If not, then it's nothing you can do.
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    Oct 24, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    mtguy333 saidRecently I have been in a dispute with another member of my family. They put up a Romney sign on a store owned by the family. (On the main door) I think that a business place is not the place for any political signs. I also think that it is better regardless to remain neutral for business purposes. I think some people might drive on past the store because they are not for Romney and it could have negative effects on business and no positive effects. I would feel the same way regardless of who the politician is. They argue that it is their freedom of speech and is very important to them. What do you think about the situation?


    Agree. best to keep the personal views quiet.
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    Oct 24, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    Not smart for any business to take a stance for any political party or candidate publicly. Big mistake that could annoy customers or clients
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    Oct 24, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    It's a dumb business move, because half of all Americans will not support Romney and the other half will not support Obama, which half is your family business willing to lose? Unless your family is only selling white sheets to the KKK they are stupid to turn away half of all business just to make a political point.
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    Oct 24, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    Some people feel very strongly about these things. Just look at the tantrums on here........
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    mtguy333 saidI think that a business place is not the place for any political signs. I also think that it is better regardless to remain neutral for business purposes.


    I agree. It's just not good business practice to make political statements because you are sure to alienate someone.


    I agree. But it's still their business and they should be able to put whatever the hell sign they want.
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidIt's a dumb business move, because half of all Americans will not support Romney and the other half will not support Obama, which half is your family business willing to lose? Unless your family is only selling white sheets to the KKK they are stupid to turn away half of all business just to make a political point.


    The fact that you would go out of your way to intimate some sort of [not even remotely connectable] connection between Romney and the KKK is very telling, and deplorable.