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(Journal Times)   Guy buys closed coffee shop on busy street with little parking, reopens it and only lasts six months. Does he accept defeat graciously? Of course not, or it wouldn't be posted here (Bonus: comment section)   (journaltimes.com ) divider line
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2013-02-08 02:18:24 PM  
The guy looks pretty fat - I wouldn't want to buy coffee from him. He'd probably be dripping seat from ample fat rolls into my order - ugh.

/ Go be fat somewhere else fatty business owner.
// No second chance for a good first impression - for fatties, doubly so.
 
2013-02-08 02:24:30 PM  
 But he said he was only looking for a certain clientele - "not Starbucks-like people who have common interest in coffee. I don't want the McDonald's coffee drinker."

So he's not looking for "Starbucks-like people" which I guess means people who need a large variety and willing to pay for it or hipsters writing their future screenplay in the cafe. That knocks out about 50%. And he's not looking for the "McDonald's coffee drinker" which I guess means people who need to have a cup of coffee to function (that's me) and are willing to get fast-food coffee to satisfy that. That knocks out the other 50%.

Who exactly was the "clientele" you were going for?

Moron
 
2013-02-08 02:26:33 PM  
FTFA: "Served the last ungrateful person in my life hopefully,"

You are providing a paid service & you want people to thank you for the privilege of giving you their money? Hm.

I also love how his failed business is literally everyone else's fault.
 
2013-02-08 02:27:56 PM  
What a pathetic sniveling asshole

/what's his Fark handle?
 
2013-02-08 02:28:55 PM  
If you hate people, don't work in retail.
 
2013-02-08 02:35:12 PM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

Worst. Customers. Ever.
 
wee
2013-02-08 02:38:23 PM  
You can tell he has a chin, because beard.
 
2013-02-08 02:39:27 PM  
"I really hate dealing with the general public."

I understand completely, but what made you think you should open a coffee shop?
 
2013-02-08 02:41:19 PM  
8am to 3pm are not good coffee shop hours.
 
2013-02-08 02:45:48 PM  
Has this guy never worked in the service industry? I worked in sales and customer service for several years and hate customers with the power of a thousand angry bunnies.
 
2013-02-08 02:49:22 PM  
Maybe he needs some coffee for an attitude adjustment.
 
2013-02-08 02:51:13 PM  

scottydoesntknow: But he said he was only looking for a certain clientele - "not Starbucks-like people who have common interest in coffee. I don't want the McDonald's coffee drinker."

So he's not looking for "Starbucks-like people" which I guess means people who need a large variety and willing to pay for it or hipsters writing their future screenplay in the cafe. That knocks out about 50%. And he's not looking for the "McDonald's coffee drinker" which I guess means people who need to have a cup of coffee to function (that's me) and are willing to get fast-food coffee to satisfy that. That knocks out the other 50%.

Who exactly was the "clientele" you were going for?

Moron


Yeah, he seemed to exclude just about everyone with that.

Young also ripped the DRC and said its Downtown special events such as Party on the Pavement and holiday parades "do nothing," and said the organization didn't keep him informed. Young didn't get DRC newsletters because he was not a member.

Good job genius.
 
2013-02-08 03:03:06 PM  
The internet is not going to be kind to this man.
 
2013-02-08 03:16:23 PM  
huh, he hates dealing with the general public and wonders why his shop didn't get any business.

Also, subby, not that it makes a lot of difference, but according to the article he was open 18 months, not six.
 
2013-02-08 03:35:42 PM  
I think he was going for the pretentious art house coffee crowd. They aren't Starbucks fans and they don't drink the swill at McDonald's... they also aren't a very supportive crowd and can be insufferable twits to deal with.

He shot himself in the foot by not being a part of the local business community. He drove away a steady customer base by focusing on prima donnas. Instead of taking responsibility for being short sighted and a generally bad business man he instead blames everyone else around him. No wonder he failed.
 
2013-02-08 03:39:49 PM  
"I really hate dealing with the general public."

If this were still the 90s and you were attached to a record store, this would almost work. But it isn't, and he wasn't. So he's kind of an idiot for opening the shop, isn't he.
 
2013-02-08 03:46:50 PM  
This guy opened a coffee shop with the intent of appealing to all five, maybe six, comically fussy coffee snobs in the Racine area willing to set aside their snobbery long enough to drink Alterra (which I love, but the snobs tend to frown on it).
 
2013-02-08 03:50:06 PM  
Young didn't get DRC newsletters because he was not a member.

Oh, he's a member alright...
 
2013-02-08 03:52:14 PM  
Ten bucks says his coffee was awful and that people "just didn't get" what he was going for by serving bad coffee.
 
2013-02-08 03:52:16 PM  
This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a Free Market Economy. It is not the Government's role to limit entry to the market place, but to provide a market full of choices for the consumer. Then it is up to the consumer to decide which companies make it and fail, they do this through their economic choices. Obviously you did not provide a product and service combination that the public was willing to spend money on. Another example of the free enterprise system working!
 
2013-02-08 03:52:32 PM  
"Served the last ungrateful person in my life hopefully," Young posted to Facebook on Jan. 11. "I really hate dealing with the general public."

This is a good way to eliminate a handful of prospective employers from hiring you.
 
2013-02-08 03:53:27 PM  

Vodka Zombie: This guy opened a coffee shop with the intent of appealing to all five, maybe six, <strike>comically fussy coffee</strike> comic book snobs in the Racine area willing to set aside their snobbery long enough to drink Alterra (which I love, but the snobs tend to frown on it).

 
2013-02-08 03:53:30 PM  

bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com


Local Pornography Enthusiast


 
2013-02-08 03:54:12 PM  
www.dumpyourphoto.com
www.dumpyourphoto.com
Uncanny.
 
2013-02-08 03:54:19 PM  

MindStalker: Vodka Zombie: This guy opened a coffee shop with the intent of appealing to all five, maybe six, <strike>comically fussy coffee</strike> comic book snobs in the Racine area willing to set aside their snobbery long enough to drink Alterra (which I love, but the snobs tend to frown on it).


^^^ Fark?? WTF?!?
 
2013-02-08 03:55:03 PM  
This guy is awesome.
 
2013-02-08 03:55:08 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

Worst. Customers. Ever.


wee: You can tell he has a chin, because beard.


you are both very funny people.
 
2013-02-08 03:55:17 PM  
Maybe he should open up a comic book shop.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-08 03:55:33 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: I think he was going for the pretentious art house coffee crowd. They aren't Starbucks fans and they don't drink the swill at McDonald's... they also aren't a very supportive crowd and can be insufferable twits to deal with.

He shot himself in the foot by not being a part of the local business community. He drove away a steady customer base by focusing on prima donnas. Instead of taking responsibility for being short sighted and a generally bad business man he instead blames everyone else around him. No wonder he failed.


After reading the comments I think his biggest problem was being a rude, annoying jerk and insulting his customers.
 
2013-02-08 03:55:39 PM  
Opened in Jule 2011, closed last month = 6 months, subby?
 
2013-02-08 03:56:12 PM  
Wow. This guy's true career is in a call center.  Wish I could work 8-3 and expect customers to throw money at me.  Well, strippers can work that way but neither he nor I have the body for it.
 
2013-02-08 03:56:36 PM  
my sister in law went through this...

she bought an existing stand right next to the highway on/off ramps, decent location next to two gas stations, right in the whole commute and school traffic area.

she had to shutter. competition was just too stiff in her area, between two titty-stands, a starbucks, a 7-11 with shockingly good coffee and a jack in the box that didn't water down the kona.

pity. she made a pretty decent cup, too.
 
2013-02-08 03:57:19 PM  
grahhh forgot to add:

unlike this buttdimple she was gracious about it, and celebrated that she was going to have free time again.
 
2013-02-08 03:57:57 PM  

timujin: huh, he hates dealing with the general public and wonders why his shop didn't get any business.

Also, subby, not that it makes a lot of difference, but according to the article he was open 18 months, not six.


Subby's stuck in 2012, what a tool and (expletive).
 
2013-02-08 03:58:10 PM  

sigdiamond2000: The internet is not going to be kind to this man.


There is no doubt of this.
 
2013-02-08 04:01:16 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: /what's his Fark handle?


Let me check my Ignore list and get back to you.
 
2013-02-08 04:01:23 PM  
go read some of the comments. people who actually went into his shop to gibe him money say he was an insufferable jackhole and they stopped going in.
 
2013-02-08 04:03:18 PM  
There is no way this guy isn't a TFer.
 
2013-02-08 04:04:27 PM  
Perhaps Wal*Mart greeter or airline server is more your vocation, sir.
 
2013-02-08 04:04:44 PM  
HOW DARE YOU FILTHY PEONS NOT BUY MY OVERPRICED COFFEE! JUST FOR THAT I'M CLOSING MY SHOP NOW! I HOPE THAT TEACHES YOU A LESSON!!
 
2013-02-08 04:05:18 PM  
So much WTF... I have no idea who he wanted to sell coffee too. Basically nobody, as far as I can tell. And if you hate everyone, don't take on a job where you have to deal with people on a daily basis.
 
2013-02-08 04:05:43 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Who exactly was the "clientele" you were going for?

Moron


I absolutely love that you inadvertently answered your own query here. =D... justs needs an 's' as a suffix.
 
2013-02-08 04:06:53 PM  
Boy, Superman has really let himself go.

If he didn't open his shop until 8:00AM every day, then he lost the business of damn near everyone who works.
You have to shoot for more like 5:00AM.

He is also a whining maggot.
 
2013-02-08 04:07:10 PM  
Hey, now, Tenacious D could not have lasted forever.
 
2013-02-08 04:08:18 PM  
Young also complained that DRC and city government should have limited the number of Downtown coffee shops. "Where's my protection?" he said.

Wow, really? Capitalism much? You're supposed to compete, a-hole, that's how it works. How much do you want to bet he was born in to a well-off family and thinks he's supposed to succeed just because he's special? That's probably where the money to buy the coffee shop came from.

The sad thing is if he was a billionaire he'd probably get the protectionsist measures he wanted.
 
2013-02-08 04:08:26 PM  
I can see him now in my mind hovering over people there just to surf the net, read, or chat with somebody over coffee. 'seeee, how my coffee is like a gourmet burger compared to mcdonalds?!?!' Well, this is weird, let's never go back there.
 
2013-02-08 04:08:48 PM  
CSB:

when i lived in Cambridge, MA some guy opened a coffee shop in an awesome location. But he had skin problems -- the kind where his hands would get all red and scaly and itchy. So he would pick at his hands in between serving customers, sometimes with his teeth, sometimes with a pen, sometimes with the counter.

I went back a few times (ordering things that came in sealed packages) just to marvel at the horror show, feeling sorry for the people whose bagels and muffins he was handling.

Anyway, not sure if it's still in business.
 
2013-02-08 04:09:09 PM  
Some folks aren't cut out for the service industry. It's going to be fun to watch as the "ME! ME! ME! Generation" collides with this simple fact, over and over again. He's discovered that just starting a service-based business isn't enough to guarantee success - you have to start the right business, in the right place, at the right time, providing the right service to the right people.

If the comments are a useful indicator, he didn't know what the hell he was doing, and now blames everyone else for his failure.
 
2013-02-08 04:09:49 PM  
If he had just charged liberals a dollar extra he would be a Top Businessman by now.

Top Businessman!
 
2013-02-08 04:10:20 PM  

mcicchi: There is no way this guy isn't a TFer.


This clown is such an asshole he probably submitted it himself thinking the discussion would be about how he got screwed.
(Although the headline would refute that Assertion.)
 
2013-02-08 04:10:23 PM  

mongbiohazard: Young also complained that DRC and city government should have limited the number of Downtown coffee shops. "Where's my protection?" he said.

Wow, really? Capitalism much? You're supposed to compete, a-hole, that's how it works. How much do you want to bet he was born in to a well-off family and thinks he's supposed to succeed just because he's special? That's probably where the money to buy the coffee shop came from.

The sad thing is if he was a billionaire he'd probably get the protectionsist measures he wanted.


Because there would be a quid pro quo - said measures paid for by increased tax revenue and employment. That's why larger companies, working closely with local and state governments, sometimes get sweetheart deals.

That jackhole is no sweetheart.
 
2013-02-08 04:10:45 PM  
Guess we will just have to get our gourmet cheeseburgers in a cup at some other coffee shop.
 
2013-02-08 04:10:54 PM  

Elzar: The guy looks pretty fat - I wouldn't want to buy coffee from him. He'd probably be dripping seat from ample fat rolls into my order - ugh.

/ Go be fat somewhere else fatty business owner.
// No second chance for a good first impression - for fatties, doubly so.


That's Racinist!
 
2013-02-08 04:11:36 PM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

So hard to tell where his neck ends and his head begins.
 
2013-02-08 04:13:37 PM  
As someone who has direct experience with opening (and closing) coffee shops, I would like to say that this guy appears to be quite possibly the biggest idiot ever.

I mean, he literally did absolutely everything wrong and now he wants to whine about it?

AMERICA, or something.
 
2013-02-08 04:14:10 PM  
durbnpoisn: 
If he didn't open his shop until 8:00AM every day, then he lost the business of damn near everyone who works.
You have to shoot for more like 5:00AM.



I have to go to the next town over to get to a decent bakery.  Tried to go there before work one day and discovered they didn't open until 9 am,

/a bakery that doesn't open until 9?
//shakes head
///and they're right next to a commuter train station
 
2013-02-08 04:18:33 PM  
Wow, your business failure couldn't have ANYTHING to do with your bad attitude?  Could it?  No.  No, that's not it.
 
2013-02-08 04:18:57 PM  

scottydoesntknow: But he said he was only looking for a certain clientele - "not Starbucks-like people who have common interest in coffee. I don't want the McDonald's coffee drinker."

So he's not looking for "Starbucks-like people" which I guess means people who need a large variety and willing to pay for it or hipsters writing their future screenplay in the cafe. That knocks out about 50%. And he's not looking for the "McDonald's coffee drinker" which I guess means people who need to have a cup of coffee to function (that's me) and are willing to get fast-food coffee to satisfy that. That knocks out the other 50%.

Who exactly was the "clientele" you were going for?

Moron



Operating a business is about making a profit.  Chasing away a paying customers because they don't fit your the mold of your perfect customer is stupid.
 
2013-02-08 04:19:16 PM  
He looks like the type of guy whom thinks he knows everything and has to constantly tell you that.  Condescending and self centered ahole do not  make a good customer service experience.
 
2013-02-08 04:20:40 PM  
Almost as a big a fat loser as Penn Gillete----but not quite
 
2013-02-08 04:21:19 PM  

FormlessOne: It's going to be fun to watch as the "ME! ME! ME! Generation" collides with this simple fact, over and over again.


That's funny, because a lot of us are stuck in the service industry thanks to the previous generations going "ME!ME!ME!"
 
2013-02-08 04:23:47 PM  
www.whatsupwithamsterdam.com

He should blame the true cause- not being able to sell marijuana legally, like any ordinary Amsterdam "coffee shop".
 
2013-02-08 04:24:22 PM  
For purely entertainment value, here is the link to the article about him OPENING the business.  Strangely, it's the same picture as in this article.
 
2013-02-08 04:24:26 PM  

VelcroFez: If you hate people, don't work in retail.


As someone who doesn't like most people in groups and who has had retail experience, this.
 
2013-02-08 04:25:57 PM  

charity: For purely entertainment value, here is the link to the article about him OPENING the business.  Strangely, it's the same picture as in this article.


Lol. Shouldn't that photo at least have the sign turned to "Open"?
 
2013-02-08 04:26:56 PM  
Related to Dino M. Zaffina?
 
2013-02-08 04:27:23 PM  

UtileDysfunktion: durbnpoisn: 
If he didn't open his shop until 8:00AM every day, then he lost the business of damn near everyone who works.
You have to shoot for more like 5:00AM.


I have to go to the next town over to get to a decent bakery.  Tried to go there before work one day and discovered they didn't open until 9 am,

/a bakery that doesn't open until 9?
//shakes head
///and they're right next to a commuter train station


This.

And a CSB:
I used to work in a bakery.  Very early job, for serious.  One day, I was at work, and the power went out.  Since there was no indication that it would come back on anytime soon, we locked up and went home.  Well, I went to Wildwood and got drunk.  I didn't come home until the next morning sometime.
It was then I found out that the bakery exploded!!!

What happened was, the owner had jury-rigged the gas shut off on the oven, so the gas remained on even though the power was out.  So, when they came in the next morning, they hit the electric ignition, and the oven, having been filling with gas all night, went BOOM!!!

How fortunate for me that I wasn't there.
//No one was killed, fortunately.
 
2013-02-08 04:28:11 PM  

charity: For purely entertainment value, here is the link to the article about him OPENING the business.  Strangely, it's the same picture as in this article.


That's his "Aloha!" face.
 
2013-02-08 04:29:46 PM  
You open a shop like that as a front for your drug business. On its own it had no chance.
 
2013-02-08 04:29:59 PM  

wee: You can tell he has a chin, because beard.


It's the man they couldn't hang.
 
2013-02-08 04:31:17 PM  
People got confused and thought they had walked into  a comic book shop.
 
2013-02-08 04:32:34 PM  
Young also ripped the DRC

The Democratic-Republican Conspiracy?

/probably valid
 
2013-02-08 04:32:49 PM  
I wish I could see the comments on my phone. I can't. Anything good in there?
 
2013-02-08 04:33:12 PM  
FTFA: Asked what he will do next, Young said, "If I do anything, it wouldn't be in the service-related field."

So, not doing anything is an option?
 
2013-02-08 04:33:38 PM  

FormlessOne: Some folks aren't cut out for the service industry. It's going to be fun to watch as the "ME! ME! ME! Generation" collides with this simple fact, over and over again. He's discovered that just starting a service-based business isn't enough to guarantee success - you have to start the right business, in the right place, at the right time, providing the right service to the right people.

If the comments are a useful indicator, he didn't know what the hell he was doing, and now blames everyone else for his failure.


where do you think the "ME!ME!ME!" generationgot it from? Their parents, who apparerntly hold no blame for being "ME!ME!ME!!" themselves
 
2013-02-08 04:33:47 PM  

FormlessOne: you have to start the right business, in the right place, at the right time, providing the right service to the right people.


add "AND WORK YOUR FARKING ASS OFF" to the mix, and you're spot on.

8am to 3pm? So....you wanted a customer base that was basically exactly like you: Doesn't rise very early, wants to lounge around and be unproductive while sipping overpriced hipster coffee type beverages, have a "friendly" shop owner to biatch to about how nobody in Racine was hiring philosophy majors, and, feeling "worn down" by about 2:30pm, call it a day.

Newsflash, assjack: every single successful business owner has not only taken a loss for the first couple years of operation, they are usually putting 60-70 hours a week into running their shop, which usually amounts to hours of operation+2 hours before and after to open up and close down. This guy reeks of entitlement (and I'm sure other redolent aromas) and without a doubt lacks the drive or desire to make a small business succeed. The fact that he blames anyone but himself for his failures couldn't be a better indicator of this situation.
 
2013-02-08 04:33:49 PM  

MBooda: Young also ripped the DRC

The Democratic-Republican Conspiracy?

/probably valid


Democratic Republic of the Congo was how I first interpreted this.
 
2013-02-08 04:35:25 PM  
Next up for this poor chinless businessman: a pillowcase shop.
 
2013-02-08 04:36:05 PM  

Popo Bawa: Maybe he should open up a comic book shop.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 222x328]


I knew I wouldn't be the first one to think of that reference.
 
2013-02-08 04:36:44 PM  
I hear he's giving consulting on customer service now.
For comcast.
 
2013-02-08 04:37:26 PM  

Broktun: This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a Free Market Economy. It is not the Government's role to limit entry to the market place, but to provide a market full of choices for the consumer. Then it is up to the consumer to decide which companies make it and fail, they do this through their economic choices. Obviously you did not provide a product and service combination that the public was willing to spend money on. Another example of the free enterprise system working!


Exactly, plus he's a jerk face.
 
2013-02-08 04:37:37 PM  
Paging Fatty McNeckbeard!
 
2013-02-08 04:38:02 PM  
Yeah dude, having your own business is hard, which is why I work for the Man.

/it's awesome
//he's a pretty cool dude in my case
 
2013-02-08 04:40:24 PM  

rumpelstiltskin: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

Worst. Customers. Ever.


Took a few posts, but we're done.

I love it when American small business owners biatch that the monopoly they were promised didn't come through. "Competition? Nobody told me there'd be competition!"

Also, know thyself, Boss Barista: "Humans off Earth now" is my default setting, so "not cut out for retail" tends to follow that, even though I suspect I'm a lot easier on the eyes than Coffee Bluto here.
 
2013-02-08 04:41:38 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: MBooda: Young also ripped the DRC

The Democratic-Republican Conspiracy?

/probably valid

Democratic Republic of the Congo was how I first interpreted this.


Even if it short-dicks every cannibal?
 
2013-02-08 04:41:54 PM  

sigdiamond2000: The internet is not going to be kind to this man.


Why should it be different than every other aspect of life? He looks like a Cheeto rolled in cigar ash and tallow.
 
2013-02-08 04:42:09 PM  

Erix: FTFA: Asked what he will do next, Young said, "If I do anything, it wouldn't be in the service-related field."

So, not doing anything is an option?


I'm guessing a trust fund baby.  He didn't have to run a successful coffee shop to get by, so he ran it on hist terms and didn't.
 
2013-02-08 04:43:51 PM  

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: charity: For purely entertainment value, here is the link to the article about him OPENING the business.  Strangely, it's the same picture as in this article.

Lol. Shouldn't that photo at least have the sign turned to "Open"?


If you look closely, you will see that the store name was Grounds Keeper which was the name of it before he bought it.  I guess they didn't want to get another picture of his face.
 
2013-02-08 04:45:23 PM  
"after he took over the former Grounds Keeper  "


someone help this reporter, he's living on the edge
 
2013-02-08 04:48:01 PM  

Vodka Zombie: Next up for this poor chinless businessman: a pillowcase shop.


Fifty Shades of Tray Bar Supplies?

Karbashedin Auto Repair?

Bed, Bath and Behind Personal Massage (outcalls only?)

Capitalism is about choices. Not all choices are good. Evidence: Mr. Potatohead, right there. Someone had to fark to make that.
 
2013-02-08 04:48:28 PM  

wax_on: Wow, your business failure couldn't have ANYTHING to do with your bad attitude?  Could it?  No.  No, that's not it.


img.gawkerassets.com
 It can work for some people.
 
2013-02-08 04:50:12 PM  
Is he related to Captain Sweatpants?

www.entertainmentfuse.com
 
2013-02-08 04:53:01 PM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

Java the Hutt
 
2013-02-08 04:54:48 PM  
Honestly, I live in that city, and downtown sucks. It has seen its heyday a long time ago, but not now.

The problem with Downtown Racine is that nobody wants to drive through rundown northside, southside or uptown to get to it. Not when we can just go to Milwaukee.

I've lived there for 15+ years, I've actually gone to downtown a handful of times that were not related to me having to be on jury duty.
 
2013-02-08 04:55:14 PM  
This is fake or the Onion, right?  No way a real person could be that retarded.  I mean:

He blamed DRC, road closures, government and the public's tastes in coffee for his business failure.

Young didn't get DRC newsletters because he was not a member.

Young also complained that DRC and city government should have limited the number of Downtown coffee shops. "Where's my protection?" he said.


The reporter should have slapped him at that point.
 
2013-02-08 04:59:06 PM  

durbnpoisn: UtileDysfunktion: durbnpoisn: 
If he didn't open his shop until 8:00AM every day, then he lost the business of damn near everyone who works.
You have to shoot for more like 5:00AM.


I have to go to the next town over to get to a decent bakery.  Tried to go there before work one day and discovered they didn't open until 9 am,

/a bakery that doesn't open until 9?
//shakes head
///and they're right next to a commuter train station

This.

And a CSB:
I used to work in a bakery.  Very early job, for serious.  One day, I was at work, and the power went out.  Since there was no indication that it would come back on anytime soon, we locked up and went home.  Well, I went to Wildwood and got drunk.  I didn't come home until the next morning sometime.
It was then I found out that the bakery exploded!!!

What happened was, the owner had jury-rigged the gas shut off on the oven, so the gas remained on even though the power was out.  So, when they came in the next morning, they hit the electric ignition, and the oven, having been filling with gas all night, went BOOM!!!

How fortunate for me that I wasn't there.
//No one was killed, fortunately.


You'd think someone would smell the gas and decide hitting 'ignite' wouldn't be a good idea.
 
2013-02-08 04:59:10 PM  
The best part of the original article is the fat slob's phony "environmental consciousness."
 
2013-02-08 04:59:22 PM  

5monkeys: I wish I could see the comments on my phone. I can't. Anything good in there?


He's only open from 8AM-3PM

He talks to customers way too much when he should just shut up

He wears the same thing every day

His coffee is shiat
 
2013-02-08 05:01:02 PM  

vudukungfu: I hear he's giving consulting on customer service now.
For comcast.


I heard he was living in a van.  Down by the river.
 
2013-02-08 05:01:30 PM  

LarryDan43: You open a shop like that as a front for your drug business. On its own it had no chance.


peeledpeas: People got confused and thought they had walked into  a comic book shop.


I'm significantly thinner than this man but... I think I want to combine ideas.
 
2013-02-08 05:02:15 PM  
Holy shiat, it's Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons.
 
2013-02-08 05:02:39 PM  
Before this article, all I knew about Racine is that it is somewhere Up North and it was mentioned in the Dawn of the Dead remake to let you know where it was supposed to be taking place - which faied because I didn't care enough to google it.
Now I know it is a town, or perhaps small village, with a shiathole of a downtown and a lot of people who sound fat that are apparently bad bussiness owners and customers.
 
2013-02-08 05:06:17 PM  
Sounds like he should have sold soup.
 
2013-02-08 05:08:30 PM  

99.998er: wax_on: Wow, your business failure couldn't have ANYTHING to do with your bad attitude?  Could it?  No.  No, that's not it.

[img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]
 It can work for some people.


Damnit, TINY FIST
 
2013-02-08 05:15:38 PM  
Guy buys closed coffee shop on busy street with little parking, reopens it and only lasts six months.


Or a year and a half if you care to read the article.
 
2013-02-08 05:15:49 PM  
So he didn't want serious coffee drinkers and he didn't want casual coffee drinkers.  Sounds like he got exactly what he wanted.

funnycrave.frsucrave.netdna-cdn.com
 
2013-02-08 05:16:51 PM  
"I'm only saying this because I care - there are a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market today that are just as tasty as the real thing."

fits nicely here.
 
2013-02-08 05:18:09 PM  
There used to be a food truck where I lived that had good burritos. The owner eventually bought restaurant space which I was excited about because it would have much better hours for me. Unfortunately, the guy seemed incapable of running a business and managing employees.

Every time I went in he was running around yelling at his employees and trying to do all of their jobs at the same time. After awhile the place was only open occasionally and one day there there was a very passive aggressive note on the door explaining that he'd reopen when he finally found some employees that were worth a damn. The people working there had been fine. He reopened, went through the same thing, and eventually closed down for good. I'm guessing he didn't blame himself either.

Some people just aren't cut out for running that kind of business.
 
2013-02-08 05:24:08 PM  

Broktun: This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a Free Market Economy. It is not the Government's role to limit entry to the market place, but to provide a market full of choices for the consumer. Then it is up to the consumer to decide which companies make it and fail, they do this through their economic choices. Obviously you did not provide a product and service combination that the public was willing to spend money on. Another example of the free enterprise system working!


Good job, you can copy and paste from TFA's comment section.
 
2013-02-08 05:24:25 PM  

wee: You can tell he has a chin, because beard.


i.imgur.com
A beard is no substitute for a jawline, no matter how you trim it!
 
2013-02-08 05:33:00 PM  
I like McDonald's coffee.  The old stuff was terrible, but that new stuff is very good.  This guy either has impossibly high standards for coffee and clientele, or is just a general know-nothing.

This is why politicians say small business is good for the economy, they spend everything they make plus a bunch of start-up capital.
 
2013-02-08 05:35:56 PM  
I'm 100% sure this guy was angry that he needed to get a business license, register his business with the State, get health/fire inspections... pretty much everything that all businesses have to do. You can see these types from miles away. I almost want to say to them "don't waste my time, and your money. Get a regular job like everyone else".

/ just because you "love to cook" doesn't necessarily mean you should open a restaurant
 
2013-02-08 05:46:23 PM  

TV's Vinnie: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

So hard to tell where his neck ends and his head begins.


That's why he has a beard, to mark out the area where his chin ought to be.
 
2013-02-08 05:52:51 PM  
I'm curious about something.

Is there any chance that this crapsack WANTED to fail so he can make this into some nice tax deduction? It's the only rationale I can think of for this guy's conduct, other than the more likely possibility that he's just a sociopathic butthole.

/Hope he ends up working at a McDonald's, making coffee, for the very same people who he mistreated at his own shop.
 
2013-02-08 05:58:19 PM  

louiedog: There used to be a food truck where I lived that had good burritos. The owner eventually bought restaurant space which I was excited about because it would have much better hours for me. Unfortunately, the guy seemed incapable of running a business and managing employees.

Every time I went in he was running around yelling at his employees and trying to do all of their jobs at the same time. After awhile the place was only open occasionally and one day there there was a very passive aggressive note on the door explaining that he'd reopen when he finally found some employees that were worth a damn. The people working there had been fine. He reopened, went through the same thing, and eventually closed down for good. I'm guessing he didn't blame himself either.

Some people just aren't cut out for running that kind of business.


clisanti.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-08 06:00:32 PM  
8AM to 3PM? Seriously? With those hours he could have tripled his business by only being open 6AM to 9AM.

/and JESUS! that man has more chins then chinatown
 
2013-02-08 06:04:36 PM  

Disaster Transport: I'm 100% sure this guy was angry that he needed to get a business license, register his business with the State, get health/fire inspections... pretty much everything that all businesses have to do. You can see these types from miles away. I almost want to say to them "don't waste my time, and your money. Get a regular job like everyone else".

/ just because you "love to cook" doesn't necessarily mean you should open a restaurant


He should come to the UK. No business licences (except certain businesses like selling alcohol for example), you only register for sales tax if you turnover more then £75k and you have 90 days after you start trading to register with the tax people.

On the downside rents for high street businesses are high and you'll probably go bust anyway. Especially if you are like this guy. A coffee shop that only trades from 8 to 3?
 
2013-02-08 06:09:02 PM  
1. Don't start up the same business that just closed down.  It closed down for a reason.
2. If you are a misanthropist, don't open a service business.
3. If you look like ten pounds of shiat in a five-pound bag, don't have a job where you have to meet with people.  Or hire someone a little less unsightly to meet with/ serve people.
 
2013-02-08 06:19:10 PM  
Why is it so many fat guys were goatees? Goatees are a pretentious affectation on guys who are actually fit--they look even sillier on a fat face.

And the Superman shirt? With his girth? I knew one fat guy who used to wear a Superman shirt, but he did it intentionally, for the humor and irony, and I'm guessing that's not the goal of this guy.

Yes, I am judgmental.
 
2013-02-08 06:29:48 PM  

papajoefong: Paging Fatty McNeckbeard!


Unfair.  His goatee does not go down his neck.
 
2013-02-08 06:50:51 PM  

Flint Ironstag: On the downside rents for high street businesses are high and you'll probably go bust anyway. Especially if you are like this guy. A coffee shop that only trades from 8 to 3?


The small town in which I live has a restaurant which, when I moved in, closed for lunch from 12.30 till 2 every day. It doesn't do that any more. The new owners seem to have changed that policy.
 
2013-02-08 06:58:25 PM  

scottydoesntknow: But he said he was only looking for a certain clientele - "not Starbucks-like people who have common interest in coffee. I don't want the McDonald's coffee drinker."

So he's not looking for "Starbucks-like people" which I guess means people who need a large variety and willing to pay for it or hipsters writing their future screenplay in the cafe. That knocks out about 50%. And he's not looking for the "McDonald's coffee drinker" which I guess means people who need to have a cup of coffee to function (that's me) and are willing to get fast-food coffee to satisfy that. That knocks out the other 50%.

Who exactly was the "clientele" you were going for?


There is only one worthy of coming to this coffeeshop, here he is:
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

/A business existing only for people as cool/smart as you has a bad business model
 
2013-02-08 06:59:46 PM  
Young also complained that DRC and city government should have limited the number of Downtown coffee shops. "Where's my protection?" he said.
 I will agree that some downtown associations can be government at its worst.  Some downtown near me, coffee shop went under (short hours, owner learning on the job, short-staffed).  Someone else took over the space and is doing quite well.  Old owner petitioned the city for a grant to open another coffee shop HALFWAY DOWN THE BLOCK.  They gave her $25,000.
 
2013-02-08 07:00:27 PM  

mcicchi: There is no way this guy isn't a TFer.


He's probably let his TF subscription lapse because he couldn't afford it.  His coffee shop just went belly up, you know.
 
2013-02-08 07:02:23 PM  
Not saying the city / downtown association should limit choice, but jeez, how is this going to help anything.  Downtown is three blocks long, three blocks wide.  Pick another spot.  I think the old shop owner is just trying to revenge-kill the new shop.
 
2013-02-08 07:32:51 PM  
Talk to the owner of almost any small business that is customer service oriented and you'll hear the same thing. "This is a great business to be in, except for the goddamn employees, the goddamn suppliers, the goddam city, and the goddamn customers!"
"some asshole spends five bucks and thinks I gotta treat them like royalty!"

The most important thing I have learned running a business?
fark you, pay me.
 
2013-02-08 07:38:31 PM  
If i owned a coffee shop i would love the Starbucks and McDonalds types. Sounds like easy quick money.

I can be stuffy on my own time while im spending all that money. If he really thought those people were rubes he wouldn't have been so averse to taking their money. He's a fat ugly broke ass elitist.

Its really easy to nod your head and smile at someone you despise when they are handing you cash.
 
2013-02-08 07:57:00 PM  
This dude is sort of awesome. He is like the less motivated

media.philly.com
 
2013-02-08 08:07:17 PM  
I'm gonna open a coffee shop too!

Gawdammit the public owes me a living

Buy my coffee - it is your civic duty!!!
 
2013-02-08 08:11:50 PM  
He better watch how he rants on facebook, he may get fired.  Oh wait, make that may not get a new job.

Second, I know he was probably fat when he opened, but my betting money is he added 30 to 50lbs.
 
2013-02-08 08:11:58 PM  
FTFA: "Served the last ungrateful person in my life hopefully," Young posted to Facebook on Jan. 11. "I really hate dealing with the general public."

And apparently the general public hated dealing with you too, asshat.
 
2013-02-08 08:33:17 PM  
Definitely a liberal.
 
2013-02-08 08:48:02 PM  

Valiente: rumpelstiltskin: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

Worst. Customers. Ever.

Took a few posts, but we're done.

I love it when American small business owners biatch that the monopoly they were promised didn't come through. "Competition? Nobody told me there'd be competition!"

Also, know thyself, Boss Barista: "Humans off Earth now" is my default setting, so "not cut out for retail" tends to follow that, even though I suspect I'm a lot easier on the eyes than Coffee Bluto here.


"Coffee Bluto".  Hahahahaha, chortle, snort, snicker, snort.  I love it, kudos!!!
 
2013-02-08 08:59:43 PM  

This About That: "I really hate dealing with the general public."

I understand completely, but what made you think you should open a coffee shop?


Experience is what you get immediately after you need it.

Oh, well... at least he went out talking instead of shooting.
 
2013-02-08 09:07:40 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: my sister in law went through this...

she bought an existing stand right next to the highway on/off ramps, decent location next to two gas stations, right in the whole commute and school traffic area.

she had to shutter. competition was just too stiff in her area, between two titty-stands, a starbucks, a 7-11 with shockingly good coffee and a jack in the box that didn't water down the kona.

pity. she made a pretty decent cup, too.


Arson would have made her more competitive.

Seriously, this is what comes of looking at the positive things in life. Your SIL's a farking hippie, isn't she?
 
2013-02-08 09:10:49 PM  
Well, why couldn't he get "protection" for his business?  Is there no Mafia in Racine?
 
2013-02-08 09:48:33 PM  

bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com

COFFEE ENEMA ENTHUSIAST

 
2013-02-08 09:54:46 PM  

orbister: The small town in which I live has a restaurant which, when I moved in, closed for lunch from 12.30 till 2 every day. It doesn't do that any more. The new owners seem to have changed that policy.


Wait, what?  Were they intentionally trying to avoid business?
 
2013-02-08 10:18:07 PM  

Old Man Winter: Before this article, all I knew about Racine is that it is somewhere Up North and it was mentioned in the Dawn of the Dead remake to let you know where it was supposed to be taking place - which faied because I didn't care enough to google it.
Now I know it is a town, or perhaps small village, with a shiathole of a downtown and a lot of people who sound fat that are apparently bad bussiness owners and customers.



Thanks to the power of Hollywood, I knew it had a professional women's baseball team in the 40s.

...and they're probably not fat by Wisconsin standards.
 
2013-02-08 10:19:10 PM  
CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ON THE GUY

Click on the "Raw Video" thingie on the tight side of the page.

Now, I challenge you not to think that 'ol "Blinkie" there doesn't remind you of that murdering weirdo (Machine) in the Nicolas Cage movie 8mm .

Gosh, I doubt that had anything to do with the business folding, however.

// yes, someone else shared the link
// but no one mentioned the video!
 
2013-02-08 10:21:10 PM  

Dawnrazor: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

Java the Hutt


I am stealing that when I open my coffee shop.
 
2013-02-08 10:22:43 PM  

Skyfrog: cannotsuggestaname: I think he was going for the pretentious art house coffee crowd. They aren't Starbucks fans and they don't drink the swill at McDonald's... they also aren't a very supportive crowd and can be insufferable twits to deal with.

He shot himself in the foot by not being a part of the local business community. He drove away a steady customer base by focusing on prima donnas. Instead of taking responsibility for being short sighted and a generally bad business man he instead blames everyone else around him. No wonder he failed.

After reading the comments I think his biggest problem was being a rude, annoying jerk and insulting his customers.


Would love to have read comments. They as well as his pic were missing on mobile.
 
2013-02-08 10:43:45 PM  
But, but....he's superman!!
 
2013-02-08 10:58:08 PM  

ItchyBrother: CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ON THE GUY

Click on the "Raw Video" thingie on the tight side of the page.

Now, I challenge you not to think that 'ol "Blinkie" there doesn't remind you of that murdering weirdo (Machine) in the Nicolas Cage movie 8mm .

Gosh, I doubt that had anything to do with the business folding, however.

// yes, someone else shared the link
// but no one mentioned the video!


Hm. Says he ran another cafe for five years before starting this one.  Wonder how that went sour.  His explanation for moving makes no sense.
 
2013-02-09 12:19:30 AM  
Christ what an asshole
 
2013-02-09 12:58:02 AM  
This crackhead is putting down McD's coffee? I'm not a fan in general, but their coffee is pretty damned good. Plus, keep the cup and you can get free refills practically anywhere. I drove from MO to Utah and only had to pay once after the initial buy, and that was at a reduced rate.
 
2013-02-09 01:21:30 AM  
Oh damn! I was just going to buy a cup from that shop... Face mullet.
 
2013-02-09 02:10:15 AM  

Broktun: This has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with a Free Market Economy. It is not the Government's role to limit entry to the market place, but to provide a market full of choices for the consumer. Then it is up to the consumer to decide which companies make it and fail, they do this through their economic choices. Obviously you did not provide a product and service combination that the public was willing to spend money on. Another example of the free enterprise system working!


word for word, this is in the comment section following the article
 
2013-02-09 02:27:59 AM  

Valiente: sigdiamond2000: The internet is not going to be kind to this man.

Why should it be different than every other aspect of life? He looks like a Cheeto rolled in cigar ash and tallow.


I knew there was a reason you're on my favorite list.
 
2013-02-09 09:34:15 AM  
At least some WoW guild will be getting their GM back.
 
2013-02-09 09:43:18 AM  

Bender The Offender: At least some WoW guild will be getting their GM back.


I'm pretty sure the 8 to 3 hours were so that he wouldn't spend too much time away from his GM duties ;)
 
2013-02-09 11:52:35 AM  

LadySusan: Dawnrazor: [bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com image 300x224]

Java the Hutt

I am stealing that when I open my coffee shop.


Say "hi" to the goons from Disney. They won't be buying your coffee though.
 
2013-02-09 12:22:28 PM  
I'm from Racine, and this guys a dick and his coffee sucked.
 
2013-02-09 02:31:50 PM  
still in awe that he thought 8-3 is good coffee shop hours... let see he misses the morning rush AND the afternoon rush and misses the evening loungers... what does he get? the lunch crowd that would probably prefer to get lunch? coffee shop oh I don't know I think 5am- 1am sound like good hours..
 
2013-02-09 09:18:52 PM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
Worst Comments Ever
 
2013-02-09 09:43:23 PM  

tullamore: I'm from Racine, and this guys a dick and his coffee sucked.


Kinda misread your comment as this.
 
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