Hello everybody, I had my 2nd catering tasting and it was for the most part an enjoyable and somewhat fun experience and the food was great. The chef/owner was having side conversations with us and made some comments that I guess made my parents assume that he supports a certain political group (which after doing research turns out to be untrue.) and wanted me to rethink choosing them as our caterer for our wedding. It got to me wondering have you/would you change your mind or terminate an existing contract with a vendor once you learned of their political/ethical/moral values.
No. Those are generally private and not brought into a customer service setting. Without getting political, I would not support a business that had openly extremeist views they guilt others into with no regard for anyone beyond themselves. But no vendor should be pushing that on anyone or making their private personal beliefs into a public thing. The same goes for a private conversation that someone listening in has no clue what the context is. A person's beliefs/morals are irrelevant when it comes to performing a job on a professional level.
Long story short: was the food good with appropriate temperatures, etc? Was the customer service stellar at the tasting? If yes to both of those, then the rest is a non issue.
I don't support companies that won't serve LGBTQ+ customers, so yes, this matters to me. Sure, those types of opinions *should* be kept out of professional relationships, but as soon as the vendor chooses to make it known, customers/potential customers have every right to use that information to decide who to book.
For me it depends on if I could tell exactly what they supported. If it was something that was just ignorant (against blacks, LGBTQ, women, lower class...etc) then it would be an easy no for me. If it was something like they support more taxes or something like that, I wouldn't have that stop me.
It would depend on what it is they were for/against and what they said. If they said they supported one person and I didn’t agree with that, I wouldn’t end continuing with them just because of that. If they were saying hate speech of some sort I’d say bye. I know this is a very sensitive topic for a lot of people, especially this year, but I personally think politics should be kept out of things. I know that’s not always the case, so if someone was REALLY getting into politics I’d leave even if they did have my views because that’s not their job and I have friends and family with all different beliefs. Everyone should feel comfortable being at your wedding so if a vendor is making you or someone else feel uncomfortable, maybe it’s best to look elsewhere.
I think if they had great food you should go with the caterer, my vendors that I picked and I have different views however it's business. would you not go to work anymore because your boss is a democrat and your a republican? same thing