Originally posted by dave333
here is a guy who probably just invested his life savings in a Subway franchise. He is trying to get his store open before the first lease installment is due, waiting for an important delivery which is probably late and then sees vehicles blocking the entrance, ignoring signs and hindering his progress. Did he specifically DIS bikers, yelling and screaming about how we are the scum of the earth and the source of all the ills in society? I wasn't there and don't know first hand what was going on, but c'mon, boycotting a Subway? At least have the stones to go to the guy, air your grievances and inform him of what you intend to do if these injuries are not remedied before blacklisting him on the "SBN Chicago" site...
I was there and the guy was a prick. He damn near started a fight with one of the guys and created a scene with the police. He asked us "Can't you fucking read the 3 minute parking sign?" while two of his own work crew's vehicles were parked there longer than us. The police, who have mostly been pretty cool about the whole thing (except for one unnamed officer who seems to have an attitude problem), have talked to us since, letting us know this guy is going to be a jerk.
He didn't even bother to ask us to move or that he had to unload some stuff and starts a scene between us and the police.
Come on down for a Subway sandwich if you like. Be sure you make a point to introduce yourself to the bike crowd and make your point before you do. I'm sure the guys will see your point!
He's not getting a dime from me! Welcome to capitalism, you piss off potential customers, you lose business. Even some of the officers know how stupid that
is! We do have a choice whether to patronize such behavior.
Want to make a bet whether people can park in the 3 minute zone, get into Subway, order their sandwich, and finish the transaction in 3 minutes? Starbuck's can't do it most of the time and they serve drinks.
Oh, and one other thing:
You want to enforce 3 minute parking...fine, do it consistently and fairly. Ticket ALL vehicles that exceed the limit, including the business owners (it's a CITY ORDINANCE, not private parking). Then the bikers know it's enforced and they find another spot to park. Focusing specifically on bikes who can park 5-6 in a single space while ignoring the BMW is discrimination. Enforcing only when you're pissed off about something or need to show some authority is what creates the problem in the first place.