A couple of Grand Rapids, Michigan, communists who tried to base their restaurant on the classic communist principle “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” have failed spectacularly.
This restaurant — originally known as Bartertown and later renamed to The Garden Diner and Cafe — has been shuttered due to a lack of profit, amazingly enough.
According to MLive, the restaurant sprang into existence five years ago courtesy Ryan Cappelletti, a vegan chef, and his pal Roxanne “Roc” Aguilar, a baker. The goal of the communist duo was to create “a sustainable restaurant model” by getting rid of those things which make a restaurant actually work — like, say, a boss.
And so spurred by the teachings of Karl Marx, the communist pair chose to run the restaurant like a “community,” going so far as to even allow the employees (or community members?) to open and close it whenever they like it.
Want to work only three hours today? Go right ahead. It is not as if the customers will mind, right?
It was no wonder that prior to it being taken down, the restaurant’s Facebook page had been inundated with complaints from irate customers, as reported by Heat Street.
“People frequently noted on the restaurant’s Facebook page that they waited more than 40 minutes for a sandwich — and that’s when the diner was even open,” the website reported.
The restaurant eventually fell into the hands of Thad Cummings and Crystal Lecoy after Cappelletti and Aguilar presumably gave up on their mission (good idea). Instead of trying to fix the restaurant however, this pair of communists took things a step further by getting rid of tips in favor of a “Give a Taco, Take a Taco” program, according to Revue magazine.
“There’s a community board on the wall as soon you as you walk into the restaurant, with $2 tacos and $5 bowls of food,” Lecoy told the magazine. “Instead of tipping, customers can buy a voucher for the board or take the coupon with them so they can give it to someone in need of a healthy meal.”
It was no wonder that this poorly conceived restaurant eventually failed — the people running it were insane. More than that, though, they were ignorant of both basic business fundamentals and world history, the latter of which would have taught them that communism and collectivism never work.
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