DEAR ABBY: I work for a small, family-owned business. The owner has strong political views and insists on listening to a political talk show during the afternoon, with the volume turned up quite loud.
My boss assumes that his views are everyone else's and talks to customers as if his opinion is gospel. I have watched them roll their eyes and try to get away. I have worked here for three years, and I can't take it anymore. My co-workers say I can't say anything because he owns the business, and he can do whatever he wants. I have looked for another job, but this is a small town and jobs are scarce.
I think it's inappropriate to force one's political views on anyone, especially employees and customers. What's your take on this? -- FED UP IN NEW YORK
DEAR FED UP: I agree with you. However, all too often, zealous members of both parties are unable to resist the temptation to spout off -- especially during an election year. I don't know what business your employer is in, but if anyone else in your town performs the same service without the political arm-twisting, it could cost him some customers.