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New Yorkers vandalize BP signs with brown paint

Gas station owners say protest is hurting small businesses


BP is stuck doing a cleanup of another kind—this time on the streets of New York—after its gas stations were vandalized with brown paint. “It appears they put it inside water balloons and threw them at the sign,” a police source said of the vandalism, which has been going on since May 30 and has hit five other privately-owned BP stations. The vandalism is part of a larger trend of growing resistance against the oil giant. Hundreds of groups on Facebook have been created with anti-BP names, 541 of which are called “Boycott BP.” The National Association of Convenience Stores has implored citizens not to take out their anger on individual station owners who bought a franchise and a contract, arguing they are misdirecting their angry energy at small businessmen instead of BP.

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New Yorkers vandalize BP signs with brown paint

  1. It's a waste of time trying to explain to stupid people things like how a franchise works!

    • True, but I'll try to explain it to you anyway.

      How a franchise works is that the individual buys the rights to use the name and/or products of the franchiser. In doing this, the individual has decided for some reason that that particular franchiser is better than the other options. One of the things it falls to a franchisee to do, in order to protect the value of his or her franchise, is to ensure that the parent company doesn't lessen the value of the name that they've purchased the rights to use.

      It can be argued that the BP frachisers failed to do this.. they failed to consider the environmental impact to their name, and failed to adequately pressure BP to simply lock off the well and end the environmental crisis, rather than worrying about how to protect their reserve. As a result, they're reaping the benefits and costs of associating themselves with a company that more and more data is coming out, has very little regard for human welfare where it conflicts with profits.

  2. Yup, I believe Thwim has done a good job of pointing out why the Franchisee is in fact partially liable to the action. You can't just stand by your decision in the good times.