The Cynical Cup

Over the summer, a local construction company built a new drive-through coffee shop in town.  When construction first began, I was excited because I believe my little town needs a coffee shop.  I was familiar with the coming attraction from visiting a few of their locations in New Hampshire.  My impression of the business was that it was a small, family owned business.

Construction continued and I remained optimistic.  I learned the location would not have any interior seating, but there would be a “walk-up” window.  It wasn’t going to be a “hang out” kind of coffee shop, like Monk’s Café in Seinfeld.  OK.  I walk to the post office on my lunch break, so I could stop in for a cup of coffee in my travels.

Given my passion for coffee and walking, I sent a blind e-mail to the company’s website and introduced myself.  I explained I loved coffee and I blogged about my small-town life.  I expressed an interest in being their first “walk-up” customer.

I got a prompt reply, but the opening date wasn’t secured.  Check back in a month.

One sunny afternoon, on my walk to the post office, I saw a thirty-something man inspecting the building.  He looked like he was waiting for someone.  I introduced myself and learned he owned a similar coffee shop in a town west of here.  I asked him a few questions and during our random conversation I heard the words “Subway” and “franchise.”

Not that there’s anything wrong with Subways and franchises.

I may have misunderstood, so I went home and clicked around the internet.  I found an article that talked about this same coffee shop opening up a location in another town.  The man who owned the coffee shop also owned a Subway.  Then I looked through the coffee shop’s website, digging deeply into section 3 of their privacy policy, under the heading “Consent to International Data Transfers.”  Here it said “…may disclose and transfer your information worldwide, including in and outside the United States, the European Economic Area, Canada, and other jurisdictions serviced by the SUBWAY® Group, for any purpose relating to…”

Not that there’s anything wrong with Subways and franchises.  After all, Subway once advertised that their sandwiches, combined with exercise, helped Jared Fogle lose weight.  Subway also advertises other upbeat and positive things on their website.

No, there is nothing wrong with Subways and franchise arrangements and advertising.  I’ll have to do more research on whether this particular “local” situation is going to be my cup of coffee.

It’s all good.  Drink it up.

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3 Responses to The Cynical Cup

  1. Loosehead Prop says:

    I wonder what taxes the coffee franchise place will be paying to Lisbon, especially since it plans on not being a part of the community at all. Was a sweetheart deal made to put them there?

    Otherwise, stand back (since you can’t sit down, not even a town bench around), share a cup of coffee with no one, and savor the rich scent of even more of your wealth leaving Lisbon.

  2. Loosehead Prop says:

    You know, my local Starb*cks, isolated in a lagoon with Pan*ra and Wh*le F**ds, does more to foster local community. At least its tip jar supports local college grads living in local spare bedrooms (no basements down here, of course). Free wifi, too.

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