Word of Mouth

Reader: The Stupidity of the Rubbin' Buttz "White Appreciation Day" Is Shrinking Its Customer Base



First we had Shooters Grill in Rifle arming its waitresses — and getting on the national news. Late last week, KUSA TV reported that Rubbin' Buttz BBQ in Milliken would be holding a "White Appreciation Day" on June 11 — and once again, the story blew up across the country. In the wake of the uproar, the restaurant owners — both of whom are Latino — have modified their plans...but the comments keep coming. Says Matthew:
It's true a business owner can do what it wants as long as it doesn't break the law. That doesn't make what they do good business. Just as they have the right to do whatever they want, other folks have the right to be offended by it and not eat there. Here's where the point lies. The point of a business is to make money, and in order to do that, you have to find ways to bring customers in to spend their money on your product or service. The logical outgrowth of this thought is that you want to serve every possible customer you can, and try not to give them a reason to spend their money at a competitor's establishment. If I were these guys, I would have thought of a promotion that gave a discount to everybody—coupons are great for this, and it's why most businesses choose to use them instead of what these guys did. Whether or not it was their intent, their stupidity is shrinking their customer base.
Was this a stupid move — or a savvy ploy? What do you think about "White Appreciation Day"? About the gimmick at Shooters? What's the best restaurant marketing campaign you've seen? The worst?




KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun

Latest Stories