This headline would not merit any journalistic effort if the eatery was located in Havana, Moscow, or Kinsasha. However, when a business run as a collective fails in the heartland of America, the proverbial ears prick up.
In a story from M-Live, due to poor customer service and inconsistent hours, a vegan restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan closed its doors in late November.
The aptly named Bartertown Café honoring the last bastion of civilization in the popular Mad Max movie series, featured no management, strong union ties, equal pay and of course a stringent no-tipping policy. Ultimately, the lack of a viable business model led directly to painfully long wait times for sandwiches, political dialogue and bewildering hours which alienated a surprisingly robust customer base. Allegedly, employees were able to vote on opening and closing times on a daily basis and were immune from termination.
The ironic caveat in this real-life example of the ultimate flaws of Marxism, is that the owner is attempting to sell the vacated property for profit. Oh, the humanity!
Read the M-Live article here.