More than over-priced coffee down-your-throat

Jun 18 2012

Since when did coffee become so political? I got up this morning and decided I would venture Downtown to try out the newly opened coffee shop that I have heard people talking about, Fixed. I walk in and place my order, and as I go to sit down, I notice a big poster on the table advertising Protest Against Bill 29. I totally respect other’s Political Views, as I have my own Views on things, but I don’t want it shoved down my throat…especially when I’m simply trying to just enjoy a cup of coffee. It wouldn’t even have been so bad if the owner’s had the poster pinned on a Public bulletin board, but to have it laid on the table is all a bit much, in my humble opinion at least. I was offended. I asked one of the employees to take the poster off my table, which he did.

It just gets my blood boiling because businesses, such as Fixed, Rocket, The Sprout, just to name a few, seem to only cater to a certain group of people – NDP’s. This alienates other customers whom may have a different set of Political beliefs. I think businesses would be a lot better off if they weren’t so bold about advertising their Political beliefs and simply just be. This would prevent possibly offending potential customers and create a more open and comfortable atmosphere in their place of business.

Rant by Coffee Dipper

28 responses so far

  1. I’m not sure why a business should show itself as apolitical. These posters / whatever are also part of the atmosphere of these locations. Yes, they are steeped in a political agenda, but they want you to know what they stand for. It’s transparent. There are much worse things that businesses do. I prefer to know what kind of people / business I’m supporting.

  2. I can see both sides of this one. Business owners have the right to advertise whatever they want in their establishments, and I have the right to not spend my money there, and I don’t care if it’s an anti-Bill 29 poster or an anti-abortion poster (although I would be interested to see how Scope readers would respond to that second one if it showed up in their favorite coffee shop).

    I’m not particularly offended by this, I would just choose to spend my money elsewhere.

  3. WHAT COINCIDENCE! TIM HORTON AND STARBUCK OFFEND HULK’S MORAL SENSITIVITIES ALSO!

  4. Speaking of catering to the NDPs, I can think of another. Starts with S and ends with cope.

  5. You were offended that the owners of a coffee shop you visited are against censorship? Poor thing.

    Your blood boils because there’s no vegan restaurant that is run by social conservatives? Poor thing.

  6. If I go to a shooting range I expect to see people of a specific political persuasion. If I go to a vegan restaurant I expect to see another variety of folks.

    If this is the type of thing that makes your “blood boil” perhaps Bill 29 isn’t your biggest problem. If you see a doctor let us know what offends you in the waiting room.

  7. Being anti-bill 29 is hardly exclusive to NDPs – anyone interested in having a responsible, accountable government will be unhappy with it’s contents. This includes several conservatives I’ve spoken with this past week. Perhaps this is less about pushing a party-specific agenda, and more a general concern for citizen’s rights on the part of local business owners.

  8. Still don’t see how it was so “shoved down your throat” because there were posters lain out on the tables. They are there should you choose to read it or not like so many other things. Doesn’t seem like grounds for getting up in arms. If you are not interested in it, than ignore it. Seems hard to do anything these days without offending somebody.

    Like Pre-defeated said, being anti bill 29 is hardly catering to the NDP. I have been a big PC supporter for years and I am strongly opposed to this bill.

  9. Most of the comments here pretty much say what needs to be said about this.

    To actually be offended to the point of requesting an employee remove a poster from your table is just absurd to me. In no way was it being “shoved down your throat”, you’re just hyper-sensitive. You know what I do when I see posters that I don’t agree with? I stop looking at them. I don’t whine about it, I don’t blog about it, I don’t get other people involved to get the “offending” poster out of my line of view. I just plain ignore it.

    You are right that you, and everyone else is entitled to their own personal opinions. But come on, grow up a little.

  10. then why do you read it?

  11. very true: if you read the message boards on cbc you have conservatives who have been their whole lives that are now changing their mind because of that Bill.

  12. Grow up. If a politcal poster offended you(which you’ve only assumed was left by the owner or employees), I can only imagine what reaction you would have if a newspaper was left open for your unsuspecting eyes to glance at.

    Please don’t ever watch the news on TV either or your head will spin….

    It’s a big world out there

  13. And for what it’s worth, the coffee downtown is not overpriced.

  14. Dude, are you new here? Posters such as these are an integral part of downtown culture -in case you haven’t noticed yet. Instead of wallowing in your “offended” mindset, why not try one of the following: shifting your gaze, ignoring it, channeling your critical energy towards something worthwhile (ie: the hypersexualized images of women on dance bar posters) or Starbucks.

    I think IM offended that you’d assume that these advertisements/symbols of non-right wing ideology are that of the NDP. No shoutout to the socialist libertarians?! What about the anarchists?!

    Like buddy said, its a big world out there.

    Godspeed.

  15. I’d honestly much rather have a business be upfront about their political agenda than to find out after the fact that I’ve been unknowingly aiding the local Aryan Supremacists Bridge Tournament. Or the nearest equivalent.

  16. couldn’t the poster have been left by a customer? people go into coffee shops all the time and leave flyers/posters/pamphlets on counters and tables.

  17. The coffee shop owners might not even have a political agenda. They might just be smart businesspeople who know their clientele. What better way than to establish yourselves as hip amongst the downtown coffee shop crowd than to give the perception of taking up an anti-right wing cause? The owners may not even care about Bill 29, but in their business hipness makes money. They certainly wouldn’t have put those posters out if they thought it was going to hurt their bottom line.

  18. the beauty of capitalism is if you don’t like it you can leave. But honestly, it’s a coffee shop downtown, what did you think you’d get? It’s like going to the zoo and getting upset because there are animals.

  19. Because I like it…just making an observation.

  20. ..and protesting is the hip thing to do these days.

  21. People protest for plenty of reasons – they might be any combination of angry, hopeful, patriotic, populist, compassionate, thoughtful, shocked, engaged, involved… but purely because it’s ‘hip’? Maybe… but we’re talking a tiny, tiny minority.

  22. Suck it up, precious.

  23. Just try going to a franchise shop as a gay couple. Me and my boyfriend have had more than our share of Tim’s employees who shake our head at us for just holding hands. Needless to say, we don’t even bother with Tim’s anymore and love the downtown coffee shops.

    A Political poster? Sounds much better than discreet disrespect.

  24. cry

  25. If you are going to go through the trouble of trying to sound smart, could you at least use proper grammar and spelling in your white-whine? Whom is not a smarter way to say who… and apostrophes are our friend – learn how to use them.

  26. You made the employee stop their work to come over and remove it from your table? Were you rendered physically incapacitated by your rage???? People like you make the worst customers, aha.

  27. Ok let me get this straight…..you go to a coffee bistro in downtown St. John’s and you got offended about a Political Charged poster. Give me a break and here’s why:

    A). It’s Downtown St. John’s (what else would you expect).
    B). Coffee Bistro’s are catering to a specific clientele, how else would
    they survive today.
    C). Please re-read point A).

  28. I don’t see the coffee shops downtown having a diabolic marketing team.