People on social media began threatening a boycott of beloved California burger chain In-N-Out after the chain donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.
On Wednesday, a Washington, D. C., journalist noticed a public filing, which is posted on the California Secretary of State’s website and shows the chain donated the money on Aug. 28, according to Los Angeles Magazine.
“In-N-Out added a new item to their secret menu,” the reporter, Gabe Schneider, tweeted.
Los Angeles Magazine noted that In-N-Out has donated to political causes before, and gave $30,000 in both 2016 and 2017 to the California Republican Party “for general party expenses.”
News of the recent donation caused an outcry on social media, where many Twitter users used the hashtag #BoycottInNOut to voice their dissatisfaction with the chain.
“You are one of the things I love most about California, but I will be boycotting your stores,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I won’t be donating to their cause anymore,” wrote another.
“Would you like some racism and hate with your burger?” another user asked, while another called the donation a “really bone headed move.”
Another user felt the chain should be boycotted “because it’s overrated, not because it supports Republicans, which it has since, oh, forever.”
But other people felt differently.
“Good!” one user said of the boycott. “Maybe the lines will be shorter so I don’t have to wait so long...”
“They can support whomever they want,” another user wrote. “Get over yourselves, people!”
“If a business wants to support either party what does it matter?” asked another. “I don’t go out to eat and check what political party they are.”
McClatchy reached out to In-N-Out and the company provided a statement via email from its executive vice president, Arnie Wensinger, that stated the company made “equal contributions” to Democratic and Republican political action committees this year.
“While it is unfortunate that our contributions to support both political parties in California has caused concern with some groups, we believe that bipartisan support is a fair and consistent approach that best serves the interest of our company and all of our customers,” the statement read.
“For years, In-N-Out Burger has supported lawmakers who, regardless of political affiliation, promote policies that strengthen California and allow us to continue operating with the values of providing strong pay and great benefits for our associates,” the statement read, in part.