It seems that the greedy fat cats in charge of U.S. companies haven’t learned their lesson from Walgreens. The company wound up caving into pressure from angry customers, and setting aside its bid to buy a Swiss company to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Yet these corporate oligarchs love their tax inversions so much, they just can’t stay away.
Huffington Post reports Burger King plans to move ahead with its planned merger with Canada’s coffee and breakfast powerhouse Tim Hortons, so they can take advantage of Canada’s lower corporate income tax rate.
The new, combined company will be based in Toronto and will have an estimated $23 billion in sales with 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries. Miami-based Burger King has suffered intense criticism since news broke of the talks on Sunday night for making the move to Canada, seen by many as a way to dodge U.S. taxes.
But in performing this sleazy maneuver, Burger King may lose many of its U.S. customers. A seemingly innocuous lunch-time post by Burger King on its Facebook page opened the floodgates to a torrent of over 4,000 comments — most of them expressing anger over the merger.
This woman and her family of seven will never darken their doors again.
Ann Altman Vasquez Done eating at BK if you become a tax cheat you can count my family of seven as former customers
Another former customer points out that tax-dodging corporations hurt their own customers while continuing to benefit from taxes the rest of us pay.
Shannon Kropkowski When you dodge US taxes, you hurt your customers. Your tax dollars go to help maintain the roads your trucks travel every day and that your customers use to get to your stores. You should be ashamed. Not only are taxpayers going to be on the hook to maintain the transportation system that your company relies on, taxpayers spend about $355 million each year subsidizing Burger King’s low-wage workers.
This veteran asks his senator, Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to help pass a law that would ban Burger King and other tax-dodging companies from military bases and other U.S. government property.
Bryan Nicholson Senator Nelson,
As a veteran I encourage you to sponsor a bill that shuts down every single Burger King located on an American military installation in the U.S. And around the world and on other Govt property. I feel only companies that are headquartered in the U.S. Deserve to be able to conduct business on govt facilities. I find it very up unpatriotic that our service members who risk there lives would have these tax dodging companies located on their bases. I am very interested in your position on this matter Senator Nelson.
And this political activist writes that he’s launching a Burger King boycott.
John St John I have already started informing friends, family and FB group members to boycott BK. I personally will never step foot over the threshold of a single BK establishment anywhere in the world again. When greed becomes your underlying profit motive then you will reap the whirlwind.
And I am also going to be printing up fliers urging people to boycott BK and plaster them up on every one of your establishments along the Wasatch Front of Northern Utah that I can find. Enjoy your stay in Canada, you are no longer welcome in the United States of America in my not so humble opinion.
Here’s a screen shot with some of the Facebook comments on Burger King’s upcoming merger.
CBS News further reports that Burger King may find itself in hot water with its customers, and that Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) has also called for a boycott.