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Co-op shakeup.

I got word at around 10:30 last night -- apparently the anti-vegan Café Manager at The Co-op has been fired.

I heard about this from a customer. He happened to be at the store last night (I have Wednesdays off) and apparently there was noticeable jubilation amongst the employees. I immediately tried calling and texting just about anybody I could think of, but all I got in response was that yes, it was true, but it was a long story that would have to be explained in person.

The rumor I got in my inbox this morning is that "Mad Dog" (AKA the Café Manager) mouthed off to the General Manager. Since Mad Dog has a pathological inability to keep from screaming at his coworkers, I suppose it was only a matter of time.

Now maybe we can get draw_in_yellow to un-quit?

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fiannaharpar
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm strangely elated by this news :-)
hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
In case you couldn't tell from my tags, Jim was the customer who called me.
fiannaharpar
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
*laughs*
No, I hadn't checked the tags.
He's not on LJ is he?
hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm aware of, no. I just sent him a text message asking for his email address so that I (we) can send him a LJ invite.
fiannaharpar
Jan. 10th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
If he does create a journal, that should be interesting.
hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Invited. JimmyEyesore[at]hotmail[dot]com, if you didn't already know that.
draw_in_yellow
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
No, Rob is just as culpable for what happened and if he is allowed to get away without any punitive measures then it's just as bad.
hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
See ratphooey's comment below.
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hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
I still want to figure out how one might go about starting a workers co-op in Pittsburgh ...
ratphooey
Jan. 10th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Who put an anti-vegan in charge of the cafe in the first place? They need to go, as well.
hopita
Jan. 10th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
See draw_in_yellow's comment above.

In his column in the most recent issue of The Cooperator, Rob declared the rationale for the changes in the café by saying "people like cheese."

One of my favorite responses to that thus far:

They also like foods with saturated fat, salt, cholesterol, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils. If you want to kill yourself with food, there are more than enough stores that are willing to accommodate you. And if I fell into that category why on earth would I go to the co-op instead of my nearest grocery store? As if the co-op can compete with that?

ratphooey
Jan. 10th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I can see offering some dairy items. But they'd need to be clearly labeled and all.
lli
Jan. 11th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
That was my reaction. If someone wanted to expand the cafe by offering dairy options, then
1-I'd expect the dairy ingredients to be something I'd find at the co-op (actually I'd expect that of all of the ingredients)
2- I'd expect everything to be clearly labeled, with ingredients listed
and 3- I would expect to see all of the vegan favorites regularly available as well.

hopita
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
We've always had dairy dishes in the café. The idea that it was an all-vegan café was one of many pieces of disinformation floated in this whole mess.

Along with the "reduction in vegan product," there was also a cutting of costs, by virtue of cutting corners. So now not only are things cooked in butter (when they used to be cooked in Earth Balance), but it's not even organic or free-range dairy, which means it's genetically modified and pumped full of hormones.

Which is solidly not what one expects to find when they dine at The Co-op.
hopita
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
We've always offered some dairy items -- still do. The issue (for me) was that the new direction for the café was (mistakenly) based on this notion that having vegan food was what was "wrong" with the café (and the reason behind the café losing money).

You've been to The Zenith -- does anyone ever complain about their having too much vegan food? No, because everything they serve is excellent.

Improve the quality, improve the sales.

Edited at 2008-01-11 03:32 am (UTC)
anjeelou
Jan. 12th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Dairy Products
"genetically modified and pumped full of hormones"

I was getting sick and having terrible little digestive problems before I left to live in Korea, and now that I came back for a few months, I'm having them again. Finally I discovered it was from dairy, which I had ruled out because I eat bunches of dairy in Korea and my stomach has always been perfect there. Apparently it's just AMERICAN dairy. Which freaks me out, and makes me wary of the processing of American food in general. Ick.

Anyway yay for the firing of the the anti-vegan guy, I have been reading that saga and it sounds like about time!
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