for lack of a better way to describe it, is fucking retarded.
A small cafe set up in the Ottawa Hospital to help raise money to pay for new equipment has seen its revenue plummet ever since a Tim Hortons outlet opened up in the critical care wing of the same facility.
Hospital officials say that the charity gets a percentage of the rent paid by Tims, and that the move will ultimately mean more dollars for the hospital. That sounds great, and it would be if not for the ongoing discussions about whether or not the cafe should remain open or be shut down.
I freely admit that I’m bad at math, but even I’m smart enough to know that a percentage of something, even if it’s a big one is less than all of it, which just so happens to be the amount that the hospital takes in from the charity restaurant.
I don’t understand why anybody with any business sense or with the best interests of the hospital and it’s clients at heart would do something this stupid. Are there Tim Hortons executives on the hospital’s board? That’s the only reason I can fathom for a decision so utterly absurd. People are willing to donate their time and give you everything they make, and you repay them by allowing a chain store to walk in, take away all their business and then put less money into the fund? Some people are lining their pockets with this deal, I have no doubt about that. It’s just a shame that it isn’t the people who should be.