SEIU protests Romney and Dunkin’ Donuts for… some reason

posted at 11:01 am on July 22, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Ah, Democracy! Freedom of speech! Americans coming together to have their voices heard! You can just smell it in the air some days, can’t you? Or is that the smell of breakfast? It was probably hard to tell when, earlier this week, a couple hundred members of the SEIU stormed the barricades at Dunkin’ Donuts in a small town in Pennsylvania to protest in favor of raising the minimum wage and against… Mitt Romney?

About 200 union protesters descended on the parking lot of the Dunkin’ Donuts on High Street in Carlisle just before 12:30 p.m. today to call for increasing the federal minimum wage and to attack GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney…

Some of the protesters wearing Romney masks engaged in a pseudo counter-protest, based on what the union said is Romney’s opposition to increasing the federal minimum wage.

OK… I suppose I get that you want the minimum wage raised and believe Mitt doesn’t support your position. Fine. But… Dunkin’ Donuts? Is it because they sell those things that Mitt Romney really likes? You know, those… um… you know… treats?

The members of Service Employees International Union picked Dunkin’ Donuts because the chain is partially owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Romney used to head.

Ah! It’s all coming clear now. Obviously Dunkin’ Donuts is part of Romney’s maximum double secret probation, shadow world government, so you’ll go stick it to The Man in their parking lot. But there’s one little problem with this plan. (OK… there’s a lot of problems with this plan, but this is the first one that leaps to mind.) Bain (along with a partnership including The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners) didn’t purchase Dunkin’ until 2006, long after Mitt was out the door by anyone’s standards of when he left.

Here’s the bonus part of the story… even if Romney had still somehow been involved, Bain and friends purchased Dunkin’ Donuts from its previous French owners, Pernod Ricard. This shifted the flow of the successful breakfast chain’s profits (and the taxes paid on them) back to the good old U.S of A rather than going overseas to France.

But, hey… if you can get 200 people from a small town to show up in the rain, if nothing else that must mean there’s a pretty big grassroots movement against Romney, right? I mean, that’s a pretty big turnout given the size of the town.

Kim Klinger, a nurse from Wilkes-Barre, said the SEIU members were from all over Pennsylvania and were attending a state-wide leadership conference at the Hotel Carlisle Embers Convention Center in Middlesex Twp. Five buses brought the union members from the conference to the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Busing in people to set up a “popular protest?” Where have I heard this story before? Man, you SEIU protesters can really build a narrative, eh? But if nothing else, I’m sure you kept the protest and political discourse elevated and professional, right? As always, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Dunkin Donuts Protest 1

Stay classy, guys. Stay classy.


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Dunkin Donuts coffee fuels my citizen activism — no wonder SEIU hates it!

Mutnodjmet on July 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Idiots.

All of ‘em.

BallisticBob on July 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I guess I’ll be goin’ to Dunkin Donuts as often as I go to Chick Fil A, which is nearly every day…

ladyingray on July 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche!

BobMbx on July 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Astroturf much?

iurockhead on July 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bain (along with a partnership including The Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners) didn’t purchase Dunkin’ until 2006, long after Mitt was out the door by anyone’s standards of when he left.

Well come on. If you’re the SEIU, who are you going to protest? Starbucks, the coffee house of the working man and average stiff, or Dunkin Donuts, the snooty, snobbish, sniveling, self-important uppercrust elitists who overcharge for coffee, and use Italian because plain English just won’t do?

Errrr… you say I’ve got that reversed? Well I’ll be damned.

Yeah, I don’t get it either.

Stoic Patriot on July 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hope they all spoke in an Indian accent…

JetBoy on July 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Man that photo.. feel bad for these guys. Just a bunch of overgrown children.

kage on July 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

“Hey, I’m craving donuts. Anybody else up for some krullers?”

“You know, while we’re at it………”

/SEIU goons

iurockhead on July 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Obama’s army

Electrongod on July 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Protesting Doughnuts? seriously?

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Wanna bet that one of these undernourished protestors couldn’t resist a taste of Dunkins’ evil offerings?

LeftCoastRight on July 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Pic: Unions Are People, My Friend

From:

Corporations Aren’t People, But Trees Are!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/corporations-arent-people-but-trees-are.html

M2RB: Depeche Mode, Wembley Stadium, 1986

Resist We Much on July 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Now I want doughnuts.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Screw Everything Idiots Union.

Bmore on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“Hey, I’m craving donuts. Anybody else up for some krullers?”

“You know, while we’re at it………”

/SEIU goons

iurockhead on July 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I hope someone is taking pictures of anyone with a DD coffee cup or donut.

I guess I’ll be goin’ to Dunkin Donuts as often as I go to Chick Fil A, which is nearly every day…

ladyingray on July 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

As a gay dude who supports gay marriage, this whole Chik-Fil-A scuffle is ridiculous. If some group or person wants to boycott them, they have every right to do so…but govt officials banning them from the city? Stoopidity.

JetBoy on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

There were dressed in whiteface?!

SEIU is racist!

GardenGnome on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Outlaw public employee unions.

petefrt on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I didn’t know that Dunkin’ Donuts had the authority to set the minimum wage.

Who knew?

Electrongod on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

“Why can’t I just eat my waffle?” – Obama

workingclass artist on July 22, 2012 at 11:13 AM

What a bunch of losers.

AZCoyote on July 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

The members of Service Employees International Union picked Dunkin’ Donuts because the chain is partially owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that Romney used to head.

Question: if they hate Bain so much, why not raid Bain’s headquarters in Boston? Why go after someone that’s not even fully-owned by them?

Here. I’ll even make it easy for you.

Stoic Patriot on July 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

So protesting the minimum wage (which is a federal/state law) is 7.25 in Penn.

And since Penn has their own laws concerning minimum wage, WTF is the point of protesting?

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Worse, Romney isn’t exactly a stuanch opponent of the minimum wage — though he should be.

He even suggested some time back that it might be appropriate to have the minimum wage indexed to raise automatically.

I distinctly remember, because I thought he was shamelessly pandering. Looks like it didn’t do much good, though.

tom on July 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Way back when JF Kerry was running for Prezdit, he and his faithful companion Silky Pony visited our little town…and brought with them nearly 1000 SEIU “volunteers.” Filled the local university parking lot with their buses, and our downtown streets with their trash.

Last week, Ronmney came to town…fortunately the location was a community center/Nat Guard armory at the edge of the city limits. Only a couple buses of SEIU dolts showed up…terribly hot weather and last minute scheduling for Romney’s visit…helped keep them at bay.

SEIU…this is the civilian defense force of which Obama spoke.

They are paid “volunteers.”

The rank and file of Ernst Röhm’s Sturmabteilung conducted their depravity for free.

Purple shirts.

Brown shirts.

No real difference.

coldwarrior on July 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Not sure, would that be:

molon labe scilis

Just sayin…

axshon on July 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Now I want doughnuts.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

doughnut holes sound awesome!

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Dunkin Donuts has the best bagels in the world. One of the things I miss since I moved to the west.

lea on July 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The nation’s union membership rate continued a decades-long slide last year, falling to 11.8 percent of the American work force in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in a report on Friday…

The percentage of public sector workers in unions was 37 percent last year, more than five times the 6.9 percent membership rate for private sector workers..”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/business/union-membership-rate-fell-again-in-2011.html?_r=1

More states need to pass Right To Work Legislation & Amend their State Constitutions to reign in public sector unions

workingclass artist on July 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Hope they all spoke in an Indian accent…

JetBoy on July 22, 2012 at 11:07 AM

…where was Joe Biteme…protesting the local 7-11 by himself?

KOOLAID2 on July 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Resist We Much on July 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

That was a very very sad story on your blog.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Aren’t all the Dunkin’ Donuts shops individually-owned as part the overall franchise? If so, they protested a local businessman who might own the one or maybe a few others, but they had no impact on the overall corporation or even Bain.

What to do on a rainy day? Hold a protest!

Liam on July 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

where was Joe Biteme…protesting the local 7-11 by himself?

KOOLAID2 on July 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Still trying to get Chuck to stand up?

coldwarrior on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Luckily I am too lazy to go out I might have to get holes and Krispy Kreme.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I didn’t know that Dunkin’ Donuts had the authority to set the minimum wage.

Who knew?

Electrongod on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

They were probably just trying to get Obama’s attention, to goad him into issuing an executive order raising the minimum wage (sure, he doesn’t have that authority, but when has that ever stopped him?).

To make sure businesses comply, any company that fails to raise wages in conformance with Obama’s order will be getting audit notices from the IRS. (It’s good to be king!).

AZCoyote on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

America runs on Dunkin. Everyone go to your local Dunkin Donuts and get a cruller and some joe.

Philly on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Why aren’t we talking about where Syria got its chemical weapons?

Iran, Russia and Iraq.

Speakup on July 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

America runs on Dunkin. Everyone go to your local Dunkin Donuts and get a cruller and some joe.

Philly on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

So, when are you going to come up to Alaska and build one?

Please!

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Luckily I am too lazy to go out I might have to get holes and Krispy Kreme.

Cindy Munford on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I would be 500 lbs if they had either a DD or a KK up here. Love them!

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Didn’t take long for Romney Derangement Syndrome (RDS) to set in. Like the residual of the chicken pox virus (varicella) makes you susceptible to shingles – it appears if you ever suffered from BDS – you are more susceptible to RDS and I bet Obamacare will not have a cure for this.

Bonus question – Were the five buses they used made in Canada like those the Dear Leader uses?

NeoDawg on July 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I like their coffee!

Blake on July 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

What do you think the SEIU stooges on the bus were thinking on their way over to the protest while their task masters whipped them up into a frenzy with slogans like “Bain Capital needs to eat their own filling”, or “Down with US ownership of donut shops”, or “Janitors against frying dough!”

Well, I’m sure whatever was floating around in their vacuous skulls was profound.

FerrousOxide on July 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I can’t quite decide whether this was due to desperation or impotence.

OldEnglish on July 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Still trying to get Chuck to stand up?

coldwarrior on July 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

…that is my all time favorite!…and he… is a heartbeat away!

KOOLAID2 on July 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Wankers of the world unite! Dunkin Donuts is an enemy of the people! -Service Employees Idiots Union.

Buy Danish on July 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Chant allegedly heard at the protest:

“Bricka Bracka firecracka sis boom bah.

Bugs Bunny Bugs Bunny RAH RAH RAH!!!”

Makes at least as much sense as anything else you’d hear there.

…..just sayin’ ;oP

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

FAIR WARNING:

If any protestor (or anyone else for that matter) blocks me from traversing the Drive Thru at any Dunkin’ Donuts – blocking the path between me and my coffee – they will be run down.

Someone has to draw a line on the asphalt here and I am unafraid to do it.

You may call this the turfmann doctrine.

turfmann on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Mitt raised the minimum wage in Mass so it was higher than the Federal. These SEIU peeps are insane.

Ricki on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

What a bunch of tools. Sigh.

KMC1 on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

…..just sayin’ ;oP

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:29 AM

They must have taken a left turn at Albuquerque.

turfmann on July 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

More bad news for Obama…

“The ranks of America’s poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s amid a weak economy and fraying government safety net.

Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the critical weeks ahead of the November elections…”

http://news.yahoo.com/us-poverty-track-rise-highest-since-1960s-112946547–finance.html?_esi=1

I expect Obama to extend his bread and circuses strategy with more EO’s for the hoi polloi…cause it’s an emergency or something

workingclass artist on July 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Years ago, a light rail line was planned from Minneapolis to the airport and there was much protesting.

When the time came to start construction, an enterprising tree-hugger climbed into a tree and chained himself there to prevent the tree from being bulldozed.

An intrepid blonde reporter for a local TV station arranged for an interview by securing the services of a bucket truck. On live TV, she ascended into the tree and began her live segment by explaining the situation and asking the tree-hugger to voice his concerns.

To the enjoyment of all, the tree-hugger then engaged in a non-stop diatribe of monkey sounds.

I have looked for the video many times and have never found it.

BobMbx on July 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

BallisticBob on July 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

What he said.

socalcon on July 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Huh?

Dunkin’ Donuts tends to support left-wing causes.

itsnotaboutme on July 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Whatever these folks got paid to do this, it wasn’t enough. Have you SEEN the price of food and gas these days?

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on July 22, 2012 at 11:39 AM

thanks: turfmann on July 22, 2012 at 11:33 AM

On a more serious note……..

How much could/should/would one really expect to make working at a doughnut shop? or any fast food franchise for that matter…….

I mean come on, as many times as I have walked in to one of those places, I just can’t possibly imagine having a 2,3,4 or more year anniversary of working there.

There is a reason why those type of jobs are called entry level jobs.

Maybe its me……but based on my 3 Sons, (2 Soldiers and a Firefighter/EMT), their (very-short) time in the “serve-us”industry was just a stepping stone and a realization that they would be doing something more satisfying, rewarding and honorable.

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

…where was Joe Biteme…protesting the local 7-11 by himself?

KOOLAID2 on July 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Knowing Biden, he wanted to be there, butthe protesters told him to go to 7-11 so he wouldn’t mess thins up.

JetBoy on July 22, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Busing in people to set up a “popular protest?”

Can you say “Axelturf” boys and girls?

GarandFan on July 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

FAIR WARNING:

If any protestor (or anyone else for that matter) blocks me from traversing the Drive Thru at any Dunkin’ Donuts – blocking the path between me and my coffee – they will be run down.

Someone has to draw a line on the asphalt here and I am unafraid to do it.

You may call this the turfmann doctrine.

turfmann on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Hmmmm… somebody needs their own Greenroom account…

Jazz Shaw on July 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Man, Dunkin’ Donuts is wicked awesome!!

JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I’m sure the cops were called in to arrest these tools for trespassing right?

Robert Jensen on July 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Aren’t all the Dunkin’ Donuts shops individually-owned as part the overall franchise? If so, they protested a local businessman who might own the one or maybe a few others, but they had no impact on the overall corporation or even Bain.

Liam on July 22, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Local “businessman”? Surely you don’t think that he actually owns that business, that he can take credit for his success?

After all, didn’t Obama tell all business owners recently that their success is not due to their hard work and thrift, but that the government actually did it for them?

/s

Wethal on July 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Huh?

Dunkin’ Donuts tends to support left-wing causes.

itsnotaboutme on July 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Yea, I would have thought since it’s based in the south and is non-union, they would have gone after Krispy Kreame first. Or maybe Starbucks, since even though it’s run by liberals, the far left loves to hate it almost as much as Walmart, McDonald’s or ExxonMobil. But the SEIU guys may have figured “Why decide on staging a (non-sequiter) anti-Romney protest at a donut store or at a coffee shop — if we hit Dunkin, we’ve got coffee and donuts covered at the same time!”

jon1979 on July 22, 2012 at 11:54 AM

wicked spot-on JohnGalt23 on July 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Luckily, there were alread dozens of police at Dunkin Donuts on break, so the SEIU decided to stay out in the rain rather than tangle with another union enjoying coffee and donuts.

Unions don’t like to cross those kinds of lines.

BMF on July 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

The list of companies I have to make sure to buy from is getting long.

J.E. Dyer on July 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM

And what’s even more hilarious is that my lovely state of Pennsylvania makes employers buy the new! updated! 2012 Minimum Wage poster (it’s even laminated!) which must be displayed prominently at the workplace.

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Here’s the bonus part of the story… even if Romney had still somehow been involved, Bain and friends purchased Dunkin’ Donuts from its previous French owners, Pernod Ricard.

And yet, they didn’t offer absinthe with the donuts!

Sekhmet on July 22, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Here’s a question…. Why weren’t these people arrested? Did they have a permit to “protest” a private business? And if so, who would have given it to them?

It’s time for people to fight back against these idiots. Duncan Donuts needs to sue that union for reimbursements of its losses on that given day and for whatever they estimate clean-up and damage to reputation to be.

Murf76 on July 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Mitt raised the minimum wage in Mass so it was higher than the Federal. These SEIU peeps are insane.

Ricki on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

LOL,Ricki..You can’t fix stupid (or the insane) !!!

DevilsPrinciple on July 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Alternately: SEIU protests for increased unemployment and more expensive, lower quality donuts.

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 12:06 PM

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Indeed. When I was in art school, I took a part time job at a local grocery store. It was my first encounter with the UFCW, a closed-shop union. It didn’t matter that I was only part time — union dues would come out of every paycheck and I’d get the “initiation fee” back when I quit. My response was similar to your sons’: “But I’m only working to get money for school. I’m not looking for a career here.”

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The Coffee Party lives!!!!!!!!!!

steebo77 on July 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Mitt raised the minimum wage in Mass so it was higher than the Federal. These SEIU peeps are insane.

Ricki on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Don’t you mean “Mitt vetoed an increase in the minimum wage”?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Tried to get over there with my camera, but too late by the time I heard about it.

forest on July 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

And what’s even more hilarious is that my lovely state of Pennsylvania makes employers buy the new! updated! 2012 Minimum Wage poster (it’s even laminated!) which must be displayed prominently at the workplace.

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:01 PM

actually they have too. it is mandatory and required by law to post them. If not, they can be fined…. big time.

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Or SEIU protests American donuts.

talkingpoints on July 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

But of course! It’s like a tiny-scale health care bill: buy this by law and post or you’ll be fined.

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Don’t you mean “Mitt vetoed an increase in the minimum wage”?

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 12:10 PM

He vetoed an increase that he thought was excessive.
Then proposed in smaller increase..
The legislators thought differently.

Electrongod on July 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He vetoed an increase that he thought was excessive.
Then proposed in smaller increase..
The legislators thought differently.

Electrongod on July 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This seems to be a recurring theme with Romney’s term in Massachusetts: the legislature jets started on something stupid, he proposes a compromise to mitigate the damage, and they override his veto to shoot themselves in the foot.

Count to 10 on July 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM

This isn’t all the seiu has been involved in lately. This is horrible and could cause deaths of patients? I really detest union and their thugs!

http://lonelyconservative.com/2012/07/connecticut-seiu-nursing-home-workers-went-on-strike-after-sabotaging-the-place/
L

letget on July 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

“You didn’t build it, so my boys are going to tear it down.” – Barack Obama

RadClown on July 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

OK… I suppose I get that you want the minimum wage raised and believe Mitt doesn’t support your position. Fine. But… Dunkin’ Donuts?

…actually, they were going to ALSO protest the Vietnam War (for the sake of nostalgia), but the didn’t bring big enough sign boards. The writing would’ve had to be too small and nobody’d’ve been able to read their zingers….

…and they set up at the donut place in case they got peckish…or drowsy and needed a coffee. Suppertime that same day, I understand, they protested high summer temperatures in front of a barbecue joint. They’d heard that the sauce there was excellent.

…illogical…we ARE talking about the SEIU…they know that they’re Marxists, but aren’t sure exactly what that means….

Puritan1648 on July 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

In Washington, D.C., the unions hire homeless people to protest for them. It’s called outsourcing, I suppose, and there’s no union wage.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 22, 2012 at 12:27 PM

FAIR WARNING:

If any protestor (or anyone else for that matter) blocks me from traversing the Drive Thru at any Dunkin’ Donuts – blocking the path between me and my coffee – they will be run down.

Someone has to draw a line on the asphalt here and I am unafraid to do it.

You may call this the turfmann doctrine.

turfmann on July 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I second this, if anyone tries to interfere with me replacing Dunkies coffee into my bloodstream they will not like the outcome, guarendamnteed.

D-fusit on July 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I love Chick-Fil-A. I love DD. Easy to support.

hawkdriver on July 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Moronic, overfed, Union sh1tsticks.

SurferDoc on July 22, 2012 at 12:31 PM

As a gay dude who supports gay marriage

JetBoy on July 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Dude, that’s gay.

Lanceman on July 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

But of course! It’s like a tiny-scale health care bill: buy this by law and post or you’ll be fined.

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Actually I think it is OSHA.

upinak on July 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

When are we going to hear these idiot protesters yelling something we conservatives can get on board with.
I’d like to hear, “Don’t tase me bro!”
I’d clap for that.

Art on July 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

The Circle D Gang goes after Dunkin’ Donuts?……..

w.t.f

ted c on July 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

And while I approve of Chick-Fil-A, I’m not fond of their food. I prefer Burger Thing.

Lanceman on July 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

many cops are union guys…..

cops love donuts…..like most people….

so union protesters protest donut shop where fellow union guys go for donuts.

/smartpowah

ted c on July 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM

i like chik fil a as a business, love the “eat more chik’n” ad campaign, and i think they’re a well run company—but, they’re food is ‘meh’

ted c on July 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

RealMc on July 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Indeed. When I was in art school, I took a part time job at a local grocery store. It was my first encounter with the UFCW, a closed-shop union. It didn’t matter that I was only part time — union dues would come out of every paycheck and I’d get the “initiation fee” back when I quit. My response was similar to your sons’: “But I’m only working to get money for school. I’m not looking for a career here.”

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2012 at 12:09 PM

The first job I was offered when I retired from The Army required union participation for even this supervisor position I would have been in. I couldn’t do it.

hawkdriver on July 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The list of companies I have to make sure to buy from is getting long.

J.E. Dyer on July 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Isn’t that cool? I can’t remember having the feeling before, where I can go forth and shop proudly.

Next up, a movie studio?

Axe on July 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

i like chik fil a as a business, love the “eat more chik’n” ad campaign, and i think they’re a well run company—but, they’re food is ‘meh’

ted c on July 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Agreed. Who the hell puts pickles on a chippen sammich?

Lanceman on July 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Donuts?

How about Cantina Trucks?

If these loser protesters really want something to squawk about how about your DEMOCRAT led state of California?

http://reason.com/archives/2012/07/13/californias-food-truck-shakedown

We would all laugh at a man who, sinking in millions of dollars in house payments, car loans, and credit card bills, decided to fix his problem by looking for spare quarters lurking behind the cushions of his sofas.

Likewise, we should shake our heads at the way the state of California—with a budget deficit approaching $16 billion and hundreds of billions of dollars in unfunded UNION pension and retiree medical benefits—is stepping up tax collection to help plug a hole caused by its chronic overspending.

On Tuesday, I met in Santa Ana with about 12 owners of catering trucks—those mobile restaurants that sell mostly Mexican food—and they told a disturbing tale of how the state’s Orwellian-named tax agency, the Board of Equalization, is targeting and mistreating them. The people assembled in the room blamed state tax authorities more than the economy for their tough times.

The truck owners say the state is handing them tax bills for tens of thousands of dollars based on unrealistic estimates of their taxable sales. When you buy food at the trucks, the burrito and Mexican Coca-Cola (the kind with the real sugar, rather than the icky corn syrup) may cost, say, six bucks. That’s what you pay, as opposed to a restaurant where state tax would be added onto the transaction. The trucks don’t collect per-item tax, but owners later estimate their sales and send their money to the tax man.

The BOE, truck owners say, used to tax them based on realistic sales estimates and used to account for the fact that many of the items they sell are not taxable items. They say the BOE also used to work with them to make their tax bills and treat them respectfully. No more. Desperate for cash, state officials now make unrealistic estimates of their sales and employ heavy-handed tactics, they explain.

To make matters worse, the truck owners say that local police harass them—thanks in part to city officials that don’t like having the trucks around. Every city has different rules for placement of permits on the truck, and most of the owners report getting multiple citations for minor infractions. Each citation can cost $700, which can eat up days worth of taco sales.

“It reaches the point where you have to think about your health,” said Veronica. “They filed lawsuits against me. They said they would charge me as a criminal in court. I’m out of business. I sold my truck. There are people out there who get government aid who are driving brand new cars. They come after a person like me who is not asking for anything. As long as I have two feet and two hands, I want to work.”

Maybe Veronica should have gotten the cantina trucks UNIONIZED and spoken with the SEIU?

They seem to have quite the pull nowadays.

PappyD61 on July 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

ted c on July 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Agreed. Who the hell puts pickles on a chippen sammich?

Lanceman on July 22, 2012 at 12:37 PM

We mock what we don’t understand.

hawkdriver on July 22, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Huh?

Dunkin’ Donuts tends to support left-wing causes.

itsnotaboutme on July 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

True. 4 years ago, they actually pulled an ad featuring well-known Democrat Rachael Ray because of complaints whines that the pricey designer scarf she was wearing might insult Arab women.

But SEIU will ignore that Inconvenient Truth, simply because 2 of Dunkin’s corporate owners are the evil Bain and the even more evil Carlisle Group.

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

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