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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 156
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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.
 
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