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June 20th, 2010
02:49 AM ET

Who Really Gets Hurt by BP Boycotts

Owners of BP branded gas stations say they're seeing a drop in business because of the oil leak. Consumers are taking their protest of the oil giant to the streets and their local gas pump.

We're also seeing organized boycotts of BP gas stations gaining traction on social media wites. Station owners say they understand the sentiment, but call the protests misdirected.

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  1. Carl

    Sorry that the local BP owner is in the way of the larger issue but Boycott we must! It rolls up to BP oil profits and they are ultimately responsible. Tell the local owners to get involved with a different company with more integrity.

    June 20, 2010 at 3:39 am |
  2. La'Dene Bean

    I advocate boycott of BP stations. It is not a strike at the small business owner but at the Mega Giant. I feel for them, however, these same business owners will pass the increase of costs onto us when BP raises gas within the next few months to recoup it's losses. These increases are going to impact the same way it did a month after the Exxon Valdize fiasco. Remember how everything increased 15 – 20%. We are still paying it.

    Sorry for them, but not this time. They should put in a claim to BP for the negative effect their actions are causing their station owners.

    June 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  3. Ann Wheeler

    Well, for anyone that thinks I'm hurting my "local franchise owner/small business guy" when I boycott my local BP station right up the street, I wanted to share some info about the person that owns this station...Russell Scaramella owns 28 Orlando area BPs, 22 in the Atlanta, GA area and more in other areas. He is part of AZ Oil Holdings, Georgia Oil Holdings and Florida Oil Holdings according to news reports. He also owns the Famous Sam's restaurant chain and a home that is more than 4,000 square feet – and that's not counting the 800-square-foot guesthouse – assessed at Total land value: $1,637,000/Total value for property: $1,355,834. Ummmm....not really a small business guy or my neighbor since he lives in AZ and I'm in Florida.

    June 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  4. Mark

    Perhaps owners of BP gas station made a bad business decision? It never ceases to amaze me when business people make a mistake and they expect everybody else to bail them out.

    Thats the risk of being in business, sometimes you win sometimes you loose. Funny thing is when I lost my job due to others bad business decisions nobody held a fund raiser to help me.

    I will not support BP's bad decision, no way no how, if anything BP should pay every American period.

    BP station owners need to cut their losses and move on, it is my choice where I spend my $ and I choose to make sure it does not get to BP or any business associated with BP.

    My money my rules.

    June 21, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  5. Sue

    Are you going to boycott plastic bottles also, and everything else oil is used in? Oil is just no used for gasoline. You people make no sense. If you want to take your anger out on someone take it out on the company and its subsidiaries.......Almost everything we use is oil based. Make sense.

    June 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm |