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Carrotmob DC

A carrotmob is a group of people that get together and spend their dollars consciously at places that live up to the ideals we’d hope to find in all businesses – employing a carrot and not a stick.  DC’s first Carrotmob took place today at Teaism in Penn Quarter.  Among many other environment- and employee-friendly practices, Teaism provides paid sick leave for their employees, something more than 90% of restaurants fail to do.

I love the carrotmob concept, which encourages people to think carefully about where they spend their money and the impact that choice has on others.  When you eat a burger at McDonald’s or Busboys & Poets (another contender for the carrotmob), you’re not just having some food – you’re supporting that business.  The dollars you spend have an impact.  I truly believe that the “votes” we cast with our dollars are at least as strong as those we cast at the ballot box.  I don’t always think about it (and it’s certainly not always pleasant to do so), but it is always true.

So, today, George and I put our money where our mouths are and exchanged some cash for some socially responsible food.  Watch me play hyper-local news source, starting now!

DC Employment Justice Center’s Courtney Chappell and Woong Chang from Restaurant Opportunities Center – DC:

socially responsible eating and spending - teaism in penn quarter, washington dc

Javier Marquez, manager at Teaism:

presenter at carrotmob dc

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells presents Golden Carrot Award…

ward 6 councilmember tommy wells teaism washington dc

…to Teaism owners Michelle Brown (bel0w) and Linda Neumann.

teaism owner linda neumann

teaism owner michelle brown

MomsRising, a local DC nonprofit, also presented the owners with the Super Hero Award.

momsrising presents super hero award to teaism owners - washington dc

Thanks to the owners of Teaism for being such do-gooders and for the organizers of the carrotmob.  I’ll be sure to be there next time!

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