OK get this, I just moved my business to a neighboring town, where prejudice runs high, and the tendency to shut-out people who others deem unwelcome runs rampant as well.
There is this great Italian guy, he has a beautiful restaurant, quite expensive, but wow. What a wonderful place! He is technically my competitor (we both do espresso, pastries, lunches), but even when I was in neighboring town, we struck up a wonderful friendship. He and his wife seem like hardworking, decent people. But over half the people I meet hate him and bad mouth him like crazy. Not knowing that my family and his are such great friends (he even offered to purchase my shop/home for me so I could worry about a bank loan at a later date ...read that...cash$$$$, I declined, but the offer was genuine...) He is very Italian, and very politically incorrect...he won't placate people.... At every turn I am defending him and tell everyone how great of friends we are, and what a nice man he is, etc etc. But I feel like maybe I am going to end up being on the recieving end of the treatment he recieves as well, if I continue to be so vocal about this guy. I think he is being treated unfairly and can't sit by and say nothing, or even go along with these meanies.
What do I do????????????
Thanks for the opportunity to rant and rave.