People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ Benjamin Goldsmith organized a protest against a KFC in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But along with 10 protesters, the activists attracted additional customers to the restaurant.
According to the Associated Press,
Jacqueline Newbold, a supervisor at KFC, said at an uncommon rush of customers required the store to call extra employees at work.
“We had a line going out the door and through the lobby,” Newbold said.
. . .
During the first four hours of business, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, the store had 211 customers compared with 130 the Monday before, supervisor John Simmons said Tuesday.
KFC customer Rusty Smith summed up one view of the protest, telling the Associated Press,
I think there’s a place in this world for all God’s creations . . . right next to the mashed potatoes.
Protester Marcos Carillo chalked such attitudes down to ignorance,
People don’t understand.
No, as I’ve said before, people understand exactly what animal rights activists are demanding, which is why their views are so overwhelmingly rejected by the larger culture.
Protest draws extra customers. Associated Press, August 3, 2005.
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