Boycotting Tim Horton's

If you know me, you understand the severity of this sacrifice.
Tim Horton’s corporate policies put protection of their brand above their communities. A call from their head office confirmed that they won’t even allow restaurants to give empty coffee cups to an organized effort to feed homeless people.
So, I won’t be giving them any more of my money. As much as I enjoy their coffee, and hate to pay a premium for Starbucks and the like, I’m not going to buy coffee from an organization that puts their empty, disposable cups above their social responsibility.
PS: If you think feeding people is more important than cardboard cups, drop Sheila at Tim Horton’s Customer Service department an e-mail:

11 thoughts on “Boycotting Tim Horton's

  1. Really?! I wonder if Starbucks would give empty cups to an organized effort to feed the homeless…….
    Is there a public statement of this somewhere online? Or did you try to organize something and they wouldn’t allow it?

  2. Okay, hate to be Devil’s advocate here, but there’s a reason that a Timmies is only a $1.50 compared to Starbucks’ $4.50. And thats because Timmies will do anything to avoid having to raise the cost of their coffee. Even though the cost of everything else is sky-rocketing these days.
    If Tim Hortons just starts handing out hundreds of empty cups antime someone asks – even if it is for a charitable cause – how do you think the company will cover those costs and make up for the lost capital? They’ll have to raise prices on our precious precious coffee. Same reason they try not to double cup unless you demand it. Theyre just trying to conserve in order to save you – the consumer – money.
    You might be a little peeved. But think about how many people would literally freak out if they raise a medium double double an extra 50 cents. I worked there for years so i know what Im talking about. When tea went up 10 cents I got cussed out in the drive-thru for like a week straight

  3. Bah, that’s lame. They wouldn’t even sell them to me. The cost of cups is negligible when they have that volume of business. No Tim Horton’s, that I know of, has ever failed due to operating costs exceeding profits.
    I’m sure they use the same crappy excuse to justify why their bathrooms are never clean, or why they can’t even take debit for large orders.
    As much as I love their coffee, I think I’ll still make myself go elsewhere for the foreseeable future…

  4. haha! As a ‘brand guy’ I totally understand what Tim H’s is doing.
    You can go to the dollar store and buy 100 cups for $1.25 there, and you’re asking Tim’s to fork over, send and internally bill 100-500 cups for free? I know that this sound “really cool for them to brnad” this way – but think of all the soup kitchens that would ask for free cups everyday… you’d set a precedence on this activity – maybe 1000-25000 cups a day would be asked for!?! 9really – think of how many ppl would ask!?)
    Second – it doesn’t look too good for Tim’s to be sending out their cups everywher – branding themselves, and then having a huge “eco-backlash” happen b/c they weren’t cleaning up their cups (happened against them numerous times already – even if it would be free).
    All I have to say is: I think you took this too-seriously, without regard for them and didn’t think about just forking over your own $5 on cheap cups at the dollar store.
    Cheers and best of the java! (yummers!)

  5. Actually, we initially paid $14 at a grocery store for cups, and $60 for the food. Its not a matter of cheapness. Its a matter of a policy gone too far.
    Its not like Tim Hortons can control their cups turning into litter anyway — everyone in Canada practically drinks Tim Horton’s coffee, so their cups are already floating around everywhere in an uncontrolled manor. Better to see their “litter” being put to a charitable purpose, no?
    Why should I have “regard for them” when they have none for their community?

  6. Simple solution:
    Ask everyone you know to request a double cup every time they go to Tim Hortons. Then, tell them to save the extra cups and give them to you.
    Once you have accomplished your goal of however many you are attempting to get, you can email Sheila at Tim Hortons and tell her that you found a more creative way to get the cups from them.

  7. The plot thickens: turns out Starbucks regularly donates left over food and food stuffs to charitable organizations in their communities. Tim Horton’s won’t even give out day-old’s — preferring to throw them in the garbage. My boycott stands…

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