Activism

Burger King executive used daughter’s online name to attack activists.

This sounds totally bizarre but it actually happened according to article published by the Independent on May 9, 2008.

Burger King’s Vice President at that time, Steven Grover used his daughter’s online name “surfxaholic” to attack activists who were trying to raise the pay of tomato pickers. According to the Independent article, the daughter of Steven Grover confirmed this.

“That was my Dad. That was him,” she said, when asked if she had written anything about the tomato workers online.

The farm workers coalition discovered that abusive emails and comments under the names “activist2008” actually originated at the Miami headquarters of Burger King. The e-mail Internet protocol addresses are the same as Burger King’s.

Emails claiming that activists were trying to get money for themselves were separately linked to a private email being used by Stephen Grover, Burger King’s vice president.

Also, the article states that a security firm offering “covert surveillance” and “undercover operations” has been discovered trying to infiltrate a student organisation which was campaigning on campuses for better conditions for the migrant workers.

According to article published in New York Times on May 7, 2008 written by Eric Schlosser:

In an interview, a Burger King executive told me that the company had worked with Diplomatic Tactical Services for years on “security-related matters” and had used it to obtain information about the Student/Farmworker Alliance’s plans.

The Student/Farmworker Alliance and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are not dangerous, extremist groups. Both are pacifist, mainstream nonprofits inspired by the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The coalition is supported by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Pax Christi, the Catholic peace movement.

According to Steven Grover’s linkedin account, he is currently employed by Stake and Shake Enterprises Inc. as Vice President, Cost and Product Management. Before he was employed by Burger King, Stephen Grover was Vice President at the National Restaurant Association.

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