Wait! Don't Boycott L.L. Bean Because of Trump!
If you saw this tweet this morning, you might be thinking: Oh shit! L.L. Bean is in the tank for Trump? I’M OUT.
Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
Don’t do that.
L.L. Bean is a good f**cking company, and I’m not just saying that because I live in Maine. It’s a solid company that treats its employees well, offers generous benefits, lots of flexibility, and if you’ve ever bought anything from the company, you understand what amazing customer service they have (seriously, they will take anything back for the lifetime of the product, which is insane, and they do so even though they are frequently taken advantage of).
The reason people are trying to start a boycott is because Linda Bean — the granddaughter of the founder, and one of ten people on the board of directors — donated a ton of money to Trump (in fact, too much money, and she got in trouble for it). She is a loon. The company itself has sought to distance itself from her politics, and said as much on Facebook over the weekend:
“We fully acknowledge and respect that some may disagree with the political views of a single member of our 10-person board of directors. Like most large families, the more than 50 family member-owners of the business hold views and embrace causes across the political spectrum. No individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company that L.L. built.”
“We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L. Bean as a supporter of any political agenda,” Gorman wrote in his statement. “L.L. Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics.”
Don’t listen to one crazy lady. Look at how L.L. Bean treats its employees. They’re an example of the kind of company we should be supporting. They also make really good boots. I just replaced my wife’s snow boots, which had lasted her since she was a teenager (we actually could have taken them back and had them replaced, but we are not monsters).