Since yesterday, CBC has been rife with the news about a moratorium that the St. John’s Newfoundland city council has ordered on new drive-thru applications, due to driving safety hazards caused by lineups at some coffee shops – namely Tim Hortons (aka Timmy Ho’s).
Well, hallelujah. It’s about flippin’ time.
I’ve seen those crazy lineups where traffic turning LEFT into the Tim Hortons located at 853 The Queensway in Toronto, blocked through traffic southbound all the way back to the Queensway.
Hard to imagine that anyone could be so arrogant as to think that their morning (afternoon, evening) coffee is important enough to justify blocking the only lane of traffic when they KNOW it’s going to be at least several minutes before they can turn left into the parking lot — yet, it happens day in and day out.
I frankly find it harder to believe that so many people are too darned lazy to haul their fat butts out of their cars to walk 50 feet into the shop – especially considering it’s going to take the same amount of time to get your coffee.
And consider the benefits of going into the store.
- Walking burns calories and is good for the heart. Walking is good.
- They might actually converse with someone in the lineup. Social interaction is good.
- Turning off the engine reduces pollution. Clean air is good.
It’s all good.
And NOT driving to Tim Hortons at all is even better in terms of reducing pollution. Less CO2, less garbage that you can find littered everywhere in this country… even on paths in the country far removed from any Tim Hortons – as shown in the screenshot shown here above left. WHY are people are such pigs with their coffee cups?
Seriously. How much less garbage and pollution would there be if all those drive-thru-ers bought a pound of coffee at Timmy Ho’s, brewed a cup at home and took it to work in a non-disposable mug?
Anyway, I hope you appreciate that speaking out in any way, manner or form against the all-Canadian icon that is Tim Hortons is tantamount to treason in this country, so if I suddenly go missing, you’ll understand why. 🙂