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Chik-fil-A Is Sorry About That Whole Anti-Gay Marriage Fiasco

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Gay OK! Chik-fil-A is distancing themselves from their anti-gay rhetoric as they prepare for a Manhattan expansion.

Chik-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy is trying hard to distance the company from the PR crisis he created two years ago as his fast-food chain plans a Millienial-aimed Manhattan expansion. Cathy tells USA Today that he’s “more wise” than he was a few years when he went on media rampage saying the nation is inviting God’s wrath for supporting gay marriage.

The chain just surpassed KFC, becoming the nation’s largest chicken chain so of course a Manhattan expansion is in the works. And while flaming the anti-gay fire may work well in other parts of the country, in New York City, not so much, which is why the chain has stopped donating millions of dollars to charitable groups opposed to gay marriage. “The politics of their Southern Baptist values will not transcend their core markets,” says Christopher Muller, professor of hospitality at Boston University.

Chick-fil-A Wings in New Direction After Gay Flap [USA Today]
New Milliennial-Focused Chik-fil-A Plans NYC Expansion [Eater]
Chick-Fil-A Hopes NYC Will Forget That Whole Hating-Gays Thing [Huff Po]
Chick Fil-A Wants You To Forget About Their Homophobic Past [Queerty]


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7-Eleven Franchisee Tells NPR, We Are “Glorified Managers”

7-Eleven FranchiseeBigger than burgers and fries, franchising blamed for low wages

Popular business model squeezes small business owners between corporations and workers.

When we asked what it is like to own a franchise of the world’s largest convenience-store chain, Hashim Syed took us to a cramped back room of his 7-Eleven store on Chicago’s North Side.

Sitting next to a wall of tubes filled with bright-colored syrup for the soda machine, Syed recalled a young man working the graveyard shift a few years back. This employee wanted to be with his father, who was gravely ill.

“Where we come from,” said Syed, 71, who was born in India, “it’s very important that you spend the final days with parents for the comfort.”

But the worker could not afford to take unpaid leave. And Syed could not afford to replace him. “I’d have had to have somebody else do his work,” Syed said, his voice becoming faint. “I would have ended up paying two wages.”

The employee kept most of his shifts and, to this day, Syed still regrets it. “I wish I would have given him some time off,” he said.

In Syed’s nearly quarter century as a 7-Eleven franchisee, he has worked brutally long hours, his profits have fallen far short of his expectations, and the Dallas-based chain has imposed tighter rules on how he runs the store.

Something else that steams Syed is his role as an employer. He says all of those 7-Eleven rules limit his ability to cut costs and free up resources to treat his workers better. “When I lived in Bombay,” Syed said, “this is not what I thought they meant by the American Dream.”

Continue reading Bigger than burgers and fries, franchising blamed for low wages [WBEZ]

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7-ELEVEN Franchise Owners are Glorified Managers, Franchisee Tells NPR [Unhappy Franchisee]


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San Mateo Residents Win Battle Against 7-Eleven

Via ABC

SAN MATEO, Calif. (KGO) — There was a big victory on Friday for some neighbors in San Mateo that fought the opening of a 7-Eleven store.

The city reached a settlement with the store’s operators to close their doors at North San Mateo Drive and East Bellevue Avenue. ABC7 News’ Vic Lee has been following this story for more than a year.

As you can imagine, the neighbors we spoke to are absolutely delighted by the settlement and so is the city, which promises that the store’s location will never revert to commercial use again. The only one unhappy is 7-Eleven, which says it did everything possible to be a good neighbor.

“It’s a good ending and hopefully something nice will happen to this property,” said Richard Smith, a neighbor.
In the settlement, the city will pay $150,000 to 7-Eleven and the property owners and the store will close by the end of this month. It’s been an ugly and costly legal battle since 7-Eleven opened its doors just over a year ago. Hundreds of neighbors in the quiet San Mateo neighborhood banded together, signing petitions and demonstrating, asking the city to close it down. They didn’t want a convenience store that’s open all night that might attract the wrong crowd and a lot of unwanted traffic in this family-friendly neighborhood.

“A lot of money’s been spent on both sides and even the neighbors have put up over $40,000 in legal fees. We’re not going to be reimbursed,” said Smith.

“7-Eleven is not a bad company. The 7-Eleven just doesn’t belong here in the middle of the neighborhood,” said Jeff Gilbert, a neighbor.

Continue reading San Mateo residents win battle against 7-Eleven [ABC]


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Boycott 7-Eleven Rally Tomorrow

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We are holding our weekly ‘Boycott 7-Eleven Rally’ tomorrow at the 7-Eleven on the corner of 11th Street and Avenue A between 1-2PM.

This Week’s 7-Eleven News

Franchisee Sues 7-Eleven For Stalking, Harassment, Hit and Run

A successful, multi-unit franchise owner who was the 2008 Franchisee of the Year is suing 7-Eleven, Inc. for stalking, harrassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and for running him down outside a CVS Pharmacy. Read more.

Franchisee Lawsuit Alleges 7-Eleven “Storm Trooper” Tactics

A lawsuit filed against 7-Eleven, Inc. yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the convenience store giant is using “storm trooper” tactics to illegally seize valuable franchise rights from its franchisees in order to resell them for millions of dollars. Read more.

Compassionate 7-Eleven Employee Nearly Fired for Giving a Homeless Man a Cup of Coffee

A compassionate 7-Eleven employee who was in the process of being fired after helping out a homeless man has finally gotten the good news she deserves. Read more.


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Franchisee Sues 7-Eleven For Stalking, Harassment, Hit and Run

7-Eleven Staler Lawsuit7-Eleven Franchisee of 30+ years sues 7-Eleven for stalking, harassment and hit and run outside of a CVS.

Via Unhappy Franchisee

A successful, multi-unit franchise owner who was the 2008 Franchisee of the Year is suing 7-Eleven, Inc. for stalking, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and for running him down outside a CVS Pharmacy.

Adnan “Andy” Khan has been a well-respected 7-Eleven franchisee for nearly 34 years. He owns the rights to and operates five California 7-Eleven franchises in South El Monte, West Covina, Baldwin Park, El Monte, and Pomona.

Andy Khan’s accomplishments are impressive and numerous: Founding member and Past President of the 7-Eleven Political Action Committee. An active member and past board member of three Franchise Owners Associations (FOA). Franchisee of the Year. A Certificate of Achievement and Champion Retailer designation from 7-Eleven. A Certificate of Congressional Commendation.

However, the lawsuit filed on Andy Khan’s behalf in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the profitability of Andy Khan’s high-volume stores, along with his active and influential role in the 7-Eleven franchisee community, has made him a target for forced expulsion from the 7-Eleven franchise system.

The lawsuit alleges that the Asset Protection division of 7-Eleven is actively trying to drive out franchisees like Andy Khan – influential leaders with valuable locations – so that they can seize and resell their franchise rights to third parties for millions of dollars in additional revenue.

Andy Khan maintains that he and his Operations Manager are being subjected to intense and terrifying surveillance, via GPS tracking through their cell phones and physical “tailing” of them by a mystery man who regularly switches vehicles.

Continue reading 7-ELEVEN Franchise Lawsuit Alleges Stalking and Harrassment of 7-11 Franchisee [Unhappy Franchisee]


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Franchisee Lawsuit Alleges 7-Eleven “Storm Trooper” Tactics

Dev Patel - 7-Eleven Stole Our StoreVia Unhappy Franchisee

A lawsuit filed against 7-Eleven, Inc. yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleges that the convenience store giant is using “storm trooper” tactics to illegally seize valuable franchise rights from its franchisees in order to resell them for millions of dollars.

The lawsuit, filed by Marks & Klein, LLP of Red Bank, NJ and Schindler Law Group on behalf of long-time 7-Eleven franchisees Dilip and Saroj Patel, alleges that 7-Eleven’s aggressive Asset Protection/Loss Prevention team seized the Patel’s Riverside, CA franchise without warning as “part of a wider, nationwide 7-Eleven scheme to improperly intimidate and terminate long-term franchisees, with the goal of acquiring their successful stores.”

According to the lawsuit (Dilip Patel, Saroj Patel, and Saroj Patel, Inc., v. 7-Eleven, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven Eleven Japan Co. LTD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seven and I Holding Co., LTD.), “the sole purpose of acquiring these stores – albeit through illegal means – is to ‘take back’ the stores, at no cost, with the intent to ultimately re-sell the store, for a fee, to a third-party purchaser.”

“7-Eleven’s efforts to terminate franchisees and take-back stores have been tremendously profitable for 7-Eleven,” the suit alleges.

“…the amount received by 7-Eleven in reselling taken-back stores is in excess of ten million dollars.”

Continue reading 7-ELEVEN Patel Franchise Lawsuit Alleges 7-11 “Storm Trooper” Tactics [Unhappy Franchisee]


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Compassionate 7-Eleven Employee Nearly Fired for Giving a Homeless Man a Cup of Coffee

7-ElevenVia The Huffington Post

A compassionate 7-Eleven employee who was in the process of being fired after helping out a homeless man has finally gotten the good news she deserves, NewsCenter 5 reported.

Ava Lins, 19, told the news outlet that she was taken off the schedule at her job in Salem, Mass., after she gave a visibly struggling homeless man a free cup of coffee.

“He was freezing,” Lins told NewsCenter 5. “You could tell. It was one of the coldest nights of the month.”

But, after Romany Youseff, Lins’ boss, learned that she had given the $1 cup of joe away for free, he took her off the schedule and reportedly began the process of letting her go. Once word got out about Lins’ “punishment,” infuriated community members bombarded the 7-Eleven with phone calls demanding that she get her job back.

Her boss finally relented, and Lins is returning to work Tuesday.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen bosses can employees for doing the right thing.

Continue reading Good News For 7-Eleven Worker Who Was Punished After Giving Coffee To Homeless Man [Huffington Post]

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