Silly immigrant. She thought the American Dream was realized through starting a business and working hard. Little did she know that it actually involves locking out competition through leases:
Coffee brouhaha leaves owner miffed: “Azeze said she has been told that her lease will not be extended and that her shop has to close by the end of the month. Caribou Coffee, which opened a new outlet in May in the nearby Silver Lake Village Shopping Center, negotiated a lease that prohibits other coffee shops at the development, according to the shopping center’s attorney.”
Thanks for leasing from us for the last few years. Now leave.
“If America is based on free enterprise, why can’t we have two coffee shops?” asked Robert Schwalm, a retired teacher from New Brighton who enjoys the seasonal Ethiopian coffee-roasting ceremonies Azeze conducts at Limu.
What American are you living in, Mr. Schwalm? A free enterprise America where the businesses with the best products and services at a fair price win, or one where competition is handled due to things outside quality of service, products, or pricing? Keep in mind that you live in an America where George W. Bush went to Yale and Harvard over much more qualified students. Free enterprise, free schmentrafise, Mr. Schwalm.
“It’s very disappointing,” she said. “I never thought this kind of thing would happen in America.”
I don’t think she’ll be down for long. It’s a hard lesson, but she’ll bounce back from it.