Letter to PayPal about Public Accommodations

This is the letter I’ve sent to the Board Chairperson and CEO of PayPal:

As a North Carolina resident I was dismayed to read about your decision not to continue with your expansion here. You certainly have the right to do so. I was shocked to learn that you claim to be making the decision on principle, when such a decision violates the universal principle of fairness.

As a business professor, I’ve done some research and it appears that at least 30 states do not allow people with male genitalia to use public accommodations designated for women. I’ve also spent time researching other countries. This is harder to do. Still, I am unable to find a single country on earth that allows people with male genitalia to use public accommodations designated for women. So, please make sure you have no expansion plans to those 30+ states or any other country in the world.

As a business professor, I would also suggest that it doesn’t make sense to base your decision on this criterion. Otherwise, where do you draw the line? Why not eliminate states with military bases? That grow tobacco? That enforce immigration law? That have a nuclear power facility? Why draw the line on this one issue that seems to impact no more than 100 people in Charlotte?

By your action, you also invite consumers to act likewise. Should I not do business with you because you do business with the military? Because you have a poor record of promoting women into executive positions? Because you have a poor record hiring minorities? I’m not going to do that.

In this case, though, I am going to stop doing business with you because you choose to be hypocritically unfair. Please cancel my account…….

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