DES MOINES, Iowa — Local activist Kendall Spencer took a stand today against internet commerce titan Amazon by deleting her account and pledging on Facebook to only buy from the retailer as a guest from now on.
“I can’t just sit idly by and watch as Amazon grows and grows without anyone holding the company or its CEO accountable. Time is up for Amazon, and I encourage all of my friends and family to take this stand with me,” the 23-year-old said in a heroic post. “Going forward from this day, I will no longer be buying anything from Amazon with an account — having deleted my account, all of my future purchases will be made as a guest. This is not easy, as I had many subscriptions from Amazon that were scheduled to be delivered monthly and bi-weekly, but this is the price of activism. I choose to be on the right side of history.”
Many are agreeing online that this bold stance is a difficult one to take, but the positives of the divisive action outweigh any inconvenience.
“Amazon at its core is an activist company, and we pride ourselves for standing with our customers who are trying to make their mark on the world,” said Amazon spokesperson Jonathan Tillman. “We are now going to be making it easier than ever to take a stand on our platform. Now, customers have the option to delete their account while allowing us to hold on to information like addresses and card numbers permanently to make your future purchases in the name of fighting against capitalism, all with one click.”
Other activists are on the fence, believing there’s more to be done.
“I can see how huge this is and how it could hurt Amazon big time,” Alex Hennen wrote on his blog in response to Spencer’s post. “Obviously, this is a step in the right direction… I just wanna maybe see if we can do more. How about we make Wednesday ‘Don’t Shop from Amazon Day’ or something? Get your shopping in before Wednesday, of course, but then when that day rolls around, we watch as Amazon burns. I dunno how they’ll survive that hit to their pocket books!”
Spencer has since turned her sights to other institutions, saying, “I’m also never setting foot in another Walmart or Wells Fargo again — I’m downloading their respective apps and will be using them, exclusively. That should show them.”